11/8, 7PM - BYOB Fidelio, Studios 353, 353 W 48th Street, 10036. Our famous BYOB Opera Series is back by demand. Audiences enjoy beverages as they hear great singers casually perform on-book spectacular music.
Florestan, Brent Turner
Leonore, Beatrice Beer
Don Pizarro, Matthew Burns
Marzelline, Sarah Beckham-Turner
Rocco, Scott Tomlinson
Don Fernando, Rocky Sellers
Pianist, Ming Kwong
Conductor, Jay Meetze
December 13th, 7PM, Amelia Goes to the Ball & The Telephone, BYOB in Inwood, Manhattan, 10034
Amelia Goes to the Ball
Amelia, Meredith Mecum
The Husband, Ben Bloomfield
The Lover, Michael Smith (Luke Grooms)
Amelia’s friend, Margaret O’Connell
Chief of Police, Rocky Sellers (Jonathan Dauermann)
First and Second Maids, Kristen Charpentier, Aine Hakamatsuka
Lucy, Adriana Lee, (Kristen Charpentier, Aine Hakamatsuka)
Ben, Scott Thomas
December 20th, 7PM, BYOB in Inwood, Manhattan, 10034
La Fille du Régiment
Marie, Heidi Sauser (Caitlin Mead, Aine Hakamatsuka, Winnie Nieh, Kristin Young)
Tonio, Luke Grooms, (Brent Turner, Jonathan Brinson, David Perper, Victor Khodadad)
Sulplice, Ivan Amaro
Marquise of Birkenfeld, Helena Brown
Duchess of Crakenthorp, Adriana Lee
Hortensio, Scott Thomas
Corporal, Rocky Sellers
Peasant, Jonathan Brinson
January 24th, 7PM, BYOB in Inwood, Manhattan, 10034
Odabella, Eudora Brown (Jody Doktor)
Foresto, Michael Smith (Byron Singleton)
Ezio, Gerald Yarbray (Joseph Flaxman)
Attila, Matthew Burns
Uldino, Luke Grooms (Michael Smith, Jon Olson)
Leone, Scott Tomlinson (Rocky Sellers, Jonathan Dauermann)
Ilia, Caitlin Mead (Kristen Charpentier, Rachel Hippert, Kristin Young)
Electra, Rachel Hippert (Noelle Banks, Alexis Cregger)
Idamante, Francesca Erni (Melissa Serluco)
Idomeneo, Brent Turner (Christopher Eaglin, Jon Thomas Olson)
Arbace, Gerald Yarbray (Joseph Flaxman)
High Priest, Byron Singleton (Jon Thomas Olson)
Voice of Neptune, Scott Tomlinson (Rocky Sellers)
Many of our artists have performed with the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Scala, NY Philharmonic, LA Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, etc. They love to return to OCB to try out or brush off roles without pressure.
Upcoming: Aida, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Amelia Goes to the Ball, Attila – January, Ballad of Baby Doe, Bianca e fernando, Billy Budd, I Capuleti e in Montecchi, Cosí fan tutte, La donna del lago, Elektra, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Falstaff, Fidelio, La Fille du Régiment, Der Freischutz, Don Giovanni, Idomeneo, L’Italiana in Algeri, Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco, Nixon in China, Le nozze di Figaro, Oberon, Otello, Pagliacci, Don Pasquale, I Puritani, The Rakes Progress, La Rondine, Der Rosenkavalier, Rusalka, The Saint of Bleeker Street, Salome, Il sogno di Scipione, Street Scene, The Telephone, La Traviata, Trouble in Tahiti, Il Trovatore, Turandot, Die Walkyre.
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Pianist/Coach Ming Kwong is very active in the world of opera. In spring 2014, he joined the music staff at Portland Opera for their production of “Postcard from Morocco” by Dominic Argento. He is currently the coach-accompanist at Manhattan Opera Studio, music director of Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera) and pianist for Opera Company Brooklyn. In this coming fall, he will be playing the NYC auditions for Washington National Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, Portland Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. Ming is regularly engaged by the Metropolitan Opera Guild as well to accompany their master class series. His past credits include an assistant coach position at Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood Music Center (assisting Maestro James Levine on Don Giovanni), and an apprenticeship with Florida Grand Opera for their 2008-2009 season. He has been invited frequently to join summer programs as a faculty coach. They include the CoOPERAtive program in New Jersey, Opera on the Avalon in Newfoundland, Canada. He held a fellowship coach position at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and was a vocal pianist at the prestigious Music Academy of the West, where Marilyn Horne chairs the program. Mr. Kwong was the Music Director of the Undergraduate Opera Theater at Manhattan School of Music.
Maestro Jay Meetze, OCB Artistic and Music Director, FounderAccording to CNN, “Conductor Jay Meetze has been instrumental in making opera accessible to a wider audience. Meetze attracts a new generation of music lovers.” Maestro Jay Meetze, founder, Artistic & Music Director of Opera Company of Brooklyn, is also the Music Director of Philadelphia’s Atlantic Coast Opera Festival. Mr. Meetze is lauded for his “passionate and undeniably impressive command of performances” and “sympathetic leadership of the forces of the OCB.” (Metropolitan Opera’s Opera News). Opera News named his Grammy-nominated CD “BEST OF THE YEAR” and “CRITIC’S CHOICE,” recorded on Albany Records and features music by and with Thomas Pasatieri, whose many film orchestrations include Finding Nemo, Little Mermaid, Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty. The CD is sung by San Francisco Opera Center’s Director Sheri Greenawald and Manhattan School of Music’s Ashley Putnam. “Magic is wielded in the hands of Meetze.” American Record Guide. Meetze has worked with countless leading singers, instrumentalists, conductors and stage directors from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, LA Phil, San Francisco Symphony and Opera. “Jay Meetze achieved impressive results. The orchestra followed Mr. Meetze lead quite aptly.” The New York Times. He has conducted performances with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Northern Kentucky Symphony, Flint Symphony Orchestra of Michigan, Rannaana Symphonette (Israel) and New Jersey’s Stony Hill Players and has worked as an assistant conductor for Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of Lucca Italy, Elysian Opera, Regina Opera and Cosmopolitan Symphony Orchestra of New York. An active member of the New York Philharmonic’s Conductors Table, American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductors Guild he has presented workshops at various regional universities and high schools, as well as serving as an adjudicator for competitions. He has served on the faculty of the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv (Israel) and the Manhattan School of Music’s Summer Music Camp.
“Conductor Jay Meetze’s Flute was a game, witty and endearing…” New York Post. Meetze graduated from Michigan State University, majoring in vocal music education. His understanding of the singing voice and rapport with artists made him a sought-after conductor. He received a Master’s of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship. Meetze’ travels led him to Glimmerglass Opera, Tanglewood and the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. After conducting with the American Symphony Orchestra League, which led to jobs in Lucca, Italy and others, Meetze moved to Manhattan to start an accessible opera company, Opera Company of Brooklyn. “The company was well-prepared and the singers and orchestra obviously appreciated Meetze’ loving attention to detail. He has a keen ear for nuance, and made subtle adjustments that were particularly helpful.” Classical Singer Magazine. On Good Morning America with MythBusters, Meetze provided artists to demonstrate the voice can only break crystal when artists sing the pitch of the glass and greatly amplified. His work has made front-page of the Wall Street Journal, covered internationally by major news via Associated Press, on National Public Radio, 1010WINS, WNYC and ZDF (German Public TV), guest appearances on WNYC, in Life, NY Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, Frommer’s and two art administration books. “The ensemble numbers rang through with clarity and shimmer. It was a joyful afternoon, a reminder that opera was once a “pop” art and, under the right circumstances, still is..,” New York Daily News. “It’s to bring in the newer, younger audiences…Meetze overflows with ideas,” New York Daily News. His innovative vision for opera, featured on the Jeopardy quiz show, is to reach out to the thousands of “nontraditional” patrons who enjoy opera but who may not feel comfortable in a large opera house. Since audiences are not going to opera, he takes it to them. Lucky audience members hear top-flight artists, many are enjoying national and international careers. “Undeniably impressive. Well-sung and winningly acted by a talented, intrepid cast,” New York Times. “Meetze is changing the public perception of opera with a common sense approach, coupled with an infectious enthusiasm. It would be hard for even the most operaphobic to resist,” Classical Singer Magazine. Artists who know his work: Martina Arroyo, Mignon Dunn, Simon Estes, Carlisle Floyd, Denyce Graves, Elaine Malbin, Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Rescigno, Ira Siff, Frederica Von Stade, Richard Woitach, Francesca Zambello.
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