UCSB Opera Theatre at the National Opera Association Convention

Event Date: 

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West

Event Price: 

Tickets are $10 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the AS Ticket Office window (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion), by calling the AS Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064, or online at the link below. 
 
There are a limited number of tickets available to the public for this performance. We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance to secure your seats
 
 

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
ahill@music.ucsb.edu
UCSB Opera Theatre's production of The Barber of Seville. Photo by Tony Mastres.
 
UCSB Opera Theatre will present excerpts from three operas selected as finalists for the National Opera Association’s Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. The event is one of the highlights of the National Opera Association’s annual convention, which will be held at the Fess Parker Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara from January 4-8, 2017. 
 
The Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition encourages the composition and performance of short operas especially useful in opera workshops and other training venues, and runs in two-year cycles. The 2016-2018 finalists include After Life by Tom Cipullo (composer) and David Mason (librettist); Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain by Jeremy Gill (composer & librettist), based on a play by Don Nigro; and The Scarecrow by Joseph Turrin (composer) and Bernard Stambler (librettist). Following UCSB Opera Theatre’s performance of scenes from each of the three operas, a panel of internationally renowned judges will select the winner. The winning opera will then be performed in its entirety at the National Opera Association convention the following year. 

About the composers and their works

Tom Cipullo (After Life)

Hailed by the American Academy of Art & Letters for music of “inexhaustible imagination, wit, expressive range and originality,” composer Tom Cipullo’s works are performed regularly throughout the United States and with increasing frequency internationally. He is the winner of the 2016 Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize from SUNY/Potsdam, a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2013 Sylvia Goldstein Award from Copland House, and the 2013 Arts & Letters Award from the American Academy. Cipullo’s music is published by Oxford University Press and Classical Vocal Reprints, and recorded on the Naxos, Albany, CRI, PGM, MSR, GPR, Centaur, and Capstone labels.
 
In Cipullo’s opera After Life, Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso are conjured back to life to debate their legacies as well as their activities in WWII Paris. Their confrontation is interrupted by a Holocaust victim who forces them to reconsider the meaning of death.

Jeremy Gill (Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain)

Described as “vividly colored (The New York Times)” and “exhilarating (The Philadelphia Inquirer),” Jeremy Gillʼs music has earned him residencies and fellowships with Copland House (2015), American Opera Projects (2013–14), and the MacDowell Colony (2013), as well as major grants from New Music USA (2015) and Chamber Music America (2011). In November 2015, he traveled to Cuba with the first Artist Delegation to the Havana Contemporary Music Festival, a historic trip documented by NPR. During the 2015–16 season the Dallas Symphony premiered Serenada Concertante, featuring DSO principal oboe Erin Hannigan and conducted by Jaap van Zweden, and Duo Cortona premiered Carmen de Boheme during the SONiC Festival in NYC. Other notable performances included a staged Helian, conceived by director Copeland Woodruff for baritone Jonathan Hays with Jeremy on piano, and the staged premiere of his chamber opera Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain by Lyric Theatre @ Illinois and the Illinois Modern Ensemble, conducted by Jeremy. Jeremy was the first Composer in Residence with Chautauqua Opera (2016), where three new works of his were premiered, and also served as cover conductor to General and Artistic Director Steven Osgood and as a member of the coaching staff.
 
In Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain, Vanessa, a young writer, awakens one morning in Quebec to find her companion, Petrus, musing over some letters he’s found in an old book. The contents of the letters set Vanessa on a path of self-discovery and reveal dark truths about her recent life. Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain is a short opera for four singers and chamber ensemble based on the play of the same name by Don Nigro.

Joseph Turrin (The Scarecrow)

Joseph Turrin’s music has been commissioned and performed by some of the world’s leading orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists. His work encompasses many varied forms, including film, theater, opera, orchestral, chamber, jazz, electronic, and dance. Several of his films and recording projects have been nominated for Emmy and Grammy Awards. His works have been recorded on RCA, EMI, Teldec, Naxos, Summit, Klavier, Cala, Albany, Crystal, and others. Not only a recipient of several commissions from the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Live from Lincoln Center, his works have been championed by such noted musicians as Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Wynton Marsalis, Beverly Sills, the Canadian Brass, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and others. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary Master of Humane Letters from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. He is currently on the faculty of the Hartt School and Montclair State University.
 
Turrin’s opera The Scarecrow is a chamber opera in two acts, and is based on a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The work was commissioned by a consortium of twelve universities and had its premiere at the University of Texas at Austin, where Mr.Turrin was Composer in Residence in 2006.