April 27, 2015
Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival 2015 concludes with a staged workshop performance of Victoria Bond's opera Clara, with a libretto by Barbara Zinn Krieger, inspired by the life of Clara Schumann. The opera focuses on Clara Schumann's tormented relationship with her father, her tempestuous romance with Robert Schumann and her struggle to balance her family obligations with her brilliant career. The performance features Gramercy Trio, and vocalists Meredith Mecum, Benjamin Bloomfield, Robert Osborne, and Paul Han. Renowned Metropolitan opera star Martina Arroyo serves as artistic adviser for the production.
The New York Times has called Gramercy Trio's performances "distinctive and memorable... beautifully wrought and sensitively balanced" (Allan Kozinn), giving "the refreshing impression that everything they were doing was fun and worth hearing" (Anne Midgette). They have commissioned and premiered works by Gunther Schuller, Scott Wheeler, Lee Hyla, Simon Bainbridge, Sonia Possetti, and Fred Hersch. The trio can be heard on the Newport Classic, Naxos and Parma recording labels.
An Opera in Two Acts, inspired by the life of Clara Schumann
Music: Victoria Bond
Librettist: Barbara Zinn Krieger
Clara Weick- Meredith Mecum, soprano
Robert Schumann- Benjamin Bloomfield, baritone
Friedrich Wieck - Robert Osborne, bass-baritone
Johannes Brahms - Paul Han, tenor
Marianne Tromlitz- Yiselle Blum, mezzo-soprano
Clementine Wieck - Marisan Corsino, mezzo-soprano
Felix Mendelssohn - Joseph Eletto , baritone
Conductor: Victoria Bond
Director: Barbara Zinn Krieger
Sharan Leventhal, violin
Jonathan Miller, cello
Randall Hodgkinson, piano
About Cutting Edge Concerts:
Composer and conductor Victoria Bond is the founder and director of Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival. CEC has been called "a full-throttle commitment to contemporary music" by Chamber Music America, and "a gift to New Yorkers thirsty for new sounds" by Time Out New York. Now in its 18th season, highlights of this year's festival include the festival's debut with American Modern Ensemble at Subculture (April 6), a Thomas Jefferson Birthday Bash (April 13) featuring violinist Frank Almond and the Sirius Quartet performing world premieres, the Cutting Edge Concerts debut of Miho Hazama's m_unit jazz ensemble (April 20) and pianist Paul Barnes, and a staged workshop performance of Victoria Bond's opera Clara, inspired by the life of Clara Schumann (April 27) featuring Gramercy Trio. More information about the festival is at CuttingEdgeConcerts.org.
Note: All performances are at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, except April 6 at SubCulture.