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 has directed new productions and opera scenes with Chicago Fringe Opera (where he is the Artistic Director), Pittsburgh Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Main Street Opera, Chicago Summer Opera, North Park University, Roosevelt University, and the Bay View Music Festival.

In September 2015, George launched ‘Opera Box Score’, America’s only weekly talk radio show about opera, broadcast live on WNUR Chicago.

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 during his fellowship in Germany.

George’s training includes an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University, a BA in Theatre Studies and English from Yale University, and a Directing Fellowship at Wolf Trap Opera, as well as participating in the Resident Artist Program at Pittsburgh Opera and in the Merola Opera Program.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

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
K. F. Jacques
Kelsa 'K-Soul' Robinson and Daniel 'BRAVEMONK' Haywood
Pinqy Ring
Mikey to the P
Tommy Solace
Oliver Fade
Yuri Basho Lane
Recitative Composer & Producer
Dedrick "D. Banks" Gray
Keisha Bennett
Christopher "Ayala"