Chicago Premiere

As One

A chamber opera for two voices and String Quartet

November 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2017 @ 7 pm

Music & Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
By arrangement with Bill Holab Music
Film by Kimberly Reed

In this chamber opera for two singers and string quartet, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her own self and the outside world.

The Center on Halsted is handicapped accessible.
Running time 75 minutes (no intermission)   //  Cash bar

 

 

Cast

Alexandra Enyart

Conductor

Alexandra Enyart

Alex Enyart is an orchestra and opera conductor with a focus on new music. She had her international premiere with the Tomsk Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia in 2016, and has worked as an apprentice with the Louisville Orchestra and Kentucky Opera. She began focusing on contemporary opera with Thompson Street Opera Company in Louisville, KY where she also received her Masters in Orchestral Conducting. When the company moved to Chicago, she came with them and took the position of Music Director starting in the 2017-2018 season. Alex has also won the CODA conducting competition and as a result was invited to work with Anthony Maeillo. She has also had the privilege to work and study with Kimcherie Lloyd, Joe Mechavich, Harold Farberman, Teddy Abrams, and Donald Portnoy among many others.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

As One Conductor 2017

Amy Hutchison

Stage Director

Amy Hutchison

Amy Hutchison has championed American opera throughout her career. Her production of Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt for Chicago Fringe Opera was hailed as “imaginative” and “striking… contemporary music theater.” She has directed William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge for Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Washington National Opera and Portland Opera. Her collaboration with Ricky Ian Gordon and Stacey Tappan, Once I Was: Songs by Ricky Ian Gordon, was staged at the Chicago Cultural Center and recorded on the Blue Griffin label. Hutchison’s production of William Grant Still’s epic masterwork Troubled Island for South Shore Opera Company was named the number one classical music event of 2013 by Andrew Patner in the Chicago Sun-Times. Hutchison has also directed: Joelle Lamarre’s The Violet Hour: the Life of Leontyne Price; Jonathan Stinson’s The March: A Civil Rights Opera Project and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Dream Lovers and African Romances for South Shore Opera Company. Other local productions include Leo Fall’s Madame Pompadour (Chicago Folks Operetta), Dido and Aeneas and The Telephone (Elgin Opera), Brigadoon (Music By the Lake), Faust (DuPage Opera), and Ned Rorem’s Our Town (DePaul Opera Theatre). Productions nationwide include Carmen (Kansas City, Milwaukee, Columbus), Turandot (Orlando), Don Pasquale (Indianapolis), La Traviata (Costa Mesa), Il Matrimonio Segreto (Boston), and Help, Help, the Globolinks! (Madison).

Ms. Hutchison has served on the directing staffs of Lyric Opera of Chicago and Houston Grand Opera. She has staged the Maurice Sendak production of Hänsel und Gretel for Opernhaus Zürich, The Juilliard School (televised for PBS: Live from Lincoln Center) and for the Canadian, San Diego, Indianapolis, and Baltimore opera companies. As Associate Director, Hutchison has staged Porgy and Bess throughout the United States and globally, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, L’Opéra National de Paris, Teatro La Fenice, and opera houses in Düsseldorf, Lucca and Tokyo.

Ms. Hutchison is a member of the faculty of The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University, where she teaches Opera Workshop to Voice Performance majors.

Upcoming projects include: AS ONE for Chicago Fringe Opera, THE POET for South Shore Opera Company of Chicago, and A Donizetti double bill of IL PIGMALIONE and RITA for Chicago Opera Theatre.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

As One Director 2017
Song from the Uproar Director 2016

The Zafa Collective

String Quartet

The Zafa Collective

The Zafa Collective was formed in 2016 by co-founders Hannah Christiansen (violin) and Casey Karr (double bass). The Chicago-based new music ensemble follows in the footsteps of Ensemble Dal Niente and ICE with its flexible instrumentation, allowing Zafa to choose its repertoire with no limitations. Formed upon the idea that classical music should be inclusive and accessible both in terms of programming and performance, the Zafa Collective actively seeks music from outside the canon of Western art music. Zafa presents programs with diverse aesthetics, seeking to make contemporary music accessible and appealing to as wide of an audience as possible. In their opening season, The Zafa Collective premiered works by Michal Massoud, Theo Chandler, Connor Singh Vanderbeek, and Derek Tywoniuk, and worked with composers including Ellen Ruth Harrison, Eliza Brown, and Sato Matsui. Zafa has performed in a wide range of venues, from Constellation to Ganz Hall to private homes.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

As One String Quartet 2017

Hannah Christiansen

Violinist

Hannah Christiansen

Artistic Director of The Zafa Collective, Hannah Christiansen is a Chicago-based violinist. She holds degrees from Oberlin College, Oberlin Conservatory, and Northwestern University, where she studied with Milan Vitek and Gerardo Ribeiro, respectively. A member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Ms. Christiansen has been featured as a soloist with the Northwestern University Baroque Music Ensemble and Contemporary Music Ensemble. In the summers, Ms. Christiansen has been a chamber music fellow at the Manchester Music Festival and at le Domaine Forget, and has been heard in halls including Carnegie Hall (NYC), Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood), the Mozarteum (Salzburg), and Dvorak Hall (Prague). A sports enthusiast, Ms. Christiansen is a writer for Inside Lacrosse in her spare time.

 

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

As One Violinist 2017

Emelinda Escobar

Violinist

Emelinda Escobar

Emelinda Escobar is a Chicago-based professional violinist who plays with Quad City Symphony, Heartland Festival Orchestra, and The Zafa Collective. She is on the faculty of Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook and maintains a private studio in both Evanston and Lincoln Park. She graduated from Northwestern University with her MM having studied under Gerardo Ribeiro and was concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago 2014-2016 and has played with professional orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has been a soloist with the South Loop Orchestra and has performed with Yo-Yo Ma on Chicago’s WFMT broadcast. Her festival credits include attending Meadowmount as a teaching assistant in addition to the Green Mountain Music Festival, Aria Music Festival, Triada, and Okemo Mountain Music Festival.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

As One Violinist 2017

Audrey Q Snyder

Cellist

Audrey Q Snyder

Audrey Q. Snyder is a cellist in Chicago, Illinois.  An advocate of contemporary music, she currently plays as part of the Chicago-based Zafa Collective, a new music group founded with the idea of inclusivity (both in programming and performance) at its core.  Audrey is also a member of the Houndstooth String Quartet, which focuses on contemporary music in its programming. Miss Snyder also regularly plays popular music, having performed several times with folk artist Emily Mure at venues including Club Passim, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Living Room, and can be heard on Emily’s upcoming 2017 album. In 2016, she played with the national tour of The Bridges of Madison County.  Most recently, Audrey has subbed on Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago. Audrey holds a B.M. and M.M. (with an Arts Leadership Certificate) from the Eastman School, where she studied with Alan Harris.Audrey Q. Snyder is a cellist in Chicago, Illinois.  An advocate of contemporary music, she currently plays as part of the Chicago-based Zafa Collective, a new music group founded with the idea of inclusivity (both in programming and performance) at its core.  Audrey is also a member of the Houndstooth String Quartet, which focuses on contemporary music in its programming. Miss Snyder also regularly plays popular music, having performed several times with folk artist Emily Mure at venues including Club Passim, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Living Room, and can be heard on Emily’s upcoming 2017 album. In 2016, she played with the national tour of The Bridges of Madison County.  Most recently, Audrey has subbed on Hamilton: An American Musical in Chicago. Audrey holds a B.M. and M.M. (with an Arts Leadership Certificate) from the Eastman School, where she studied with Alan Harris.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

As One Cellist 2017

Danielle Taylor

Violinist

Danielle Taylor

Danielle Taylor is a violinist and violist in the Chicago area. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Gregory Fulkerson and is completing her Masters at Northwestern University where she works with her mentors, Blair Milton and Victor Yampolsky. A passionate advocate for arts education and inclusion, Danielle has been a member of Chicago Sinfonietta and the Grant Park Music Festival’s Project Inclusion program and maintains a busy teaching schedule in addition to performing with groups including The Zafa Collective and Chicago Solisti.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

As One Violinist 2017

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Venue & Directions

Center on Halsted (Hoover-Leppen Theater, 2nd floor)

3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613 | Get Directions

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A parking garage located at 808 W. Addison St. is available to the public.

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As One
A chamber opera for two voices and String Quartet
Music & Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed
By arrangement with Bill Holab Music
As One was commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects (AOP)
As One film direction and film by Kimberly Reed, commissioned by AOP. As One premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music, September 2014, made possible in part with funding from BAM/DeVos Institute of Arts Management at Kennedy Center Professional Development Program, OPERA America’s Opera Discovery Grants for Female Composers Program, supported by Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bronx Council on the Arts, Purchase College Development Fund, Tanner Fund at Utah State University, Jeremy T. Smith Fund, Dr. Coco Lazaroff, Lynn Loacker, Judith O. Rubin, and many generous individuals.