Jun 1, 10, 2018

A workshop sample of The Rossini Project
Developed with support from the Pivot Arts Incubator Program

The Rossini Project is a text-, music- and movement-based adaptation of Rossini’s opera ‘The Barber of Seville’, featuring Hip-Hop MCs and street-dancers to remix a story of interracial love as a live dance party that puts the audience at the center of the action.

The workshop presentation, running 20-30 minutes, will showcase the opening four numbers of the intended, full-length production.

Original music by Gioachino Rossini
Original libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Based on the play by Pierre Beaumarchais

New Music by K. F. Jacques and ‘Kechi
Beatboxing by Yuri Basho Lane

New text by (in alphabetical order)
‘Kechi, Mikey to the P, Nosa, Pinqy Ring, Tommy Solace

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.


Artistic Team

Concept & Stage Direction

George Cederquist

Concept & Stage Direction

George is the Artistic Director of Chicago Fringe Opera (called “the city’s alt-opera company” by the Chicago Tribune), which produces experiential, immersive, and site-specific productions of operas composed in English. At CFO, George has directed The Rossini Project (workshop), The Long Christmas DinnerThe Great God Pan (world premiere), Lucrezia, In the Penal Colony, The Turn of the Screw, Trouble in Tahiti and The Rape of Lucretia.

In addition, George has directed opera scenes at Wolf Trap Opera and Chautauqua Opera, and new productions with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Pittsburgh Opera, the Bay View Music Festival, Chicago Folks Operetta, and Chicago Opera Vanguard. An enthusiastic mentor, George has taught acting, auditioning and scene study at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, North Park University, and DePaul University.

Now in its fourth season, George hosts Opera Box Score, America’s Talk Radio Show About Opera, heard every Monday night on WNUR 89.3 FM Chicago. The show tackles the week’s opera headlines and discusses them in a sports talk radio format.

A recipient of the 2015 American Prize in Directing, George’s production of Silent Night was chosen as a winner of Opera America’s 2013 Director-Designer competition. As one of ten Americans to receive the 2011-12 German Chancellor Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, George served as a Regieassistent at the Staatstheater Darmstadt.

George’s training includes the Resident Artist Stage Director program at Pittsburgh Opera, serving as the Apprentice Stage Director at the Merola Opera Program, and as the Directing Fellow at Wolf Trap Opera. He holds an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University and a BA in Theatre Studies and English from Yale University. A dual US-UK citizen, George is a proud ensemble member of Steep Theatre Company (Chicago) and the American Guild of Musical Artists.

He lives with his wife, their two children, and their cat, in Chicago.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

The Long Christmas Dinner Director 2019
The Rossini Project Director 2018
The Great God Pan Director 2018
Lucrezia Director 2017
In the Penal Colony Director 2016
The Turn of the Screw Director 2015
Voices in the Dark, Jazz & Trouble in Tahiti Director 2015
The Rape of Lucretia Director 2014
Composer & Producer
Kelsa 'K-Soul' Robinson and Daniel 'BRAVEMONK' Haywood
Pinqy Ring
Mikey to the P
Tommy Solace
Recitative Composer & Producer
Dedrick "D. Banks" Gray
Keisha Bennett
Christopher "Ayala"