May 31, Jun 1, 2, 2019

In collaboration with BraveSoul Movement
Part of the 2019 Pivot Arts Festival

The Rosina Project is a contemporary adaptation of Rossini’s opera The Barber of Seville that mixes Hip-Hop MCs, opera singers, and street-dance artists with a live DJ and Beatboxer to perform an original female-driven story of empowerment and interracial friendship as an immersive house party.

Limited seating is available; Audience members are asked to stand if able.

Developed with support from the Pivot Arts Incubator Program & Brave Soul Movement

Pivot Arts


Creative 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
Composers & Producer
Composers & Producer
Lead Writer
Choreographic Direction
Choreographic Direction
Associate Directors


Andy Aughenbaugh



Live Instrumentalists


Production Team

Associate Director
Natalja Aicardi

John Drea


John is a senior at Loyola Chicago, where he has appeared in Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) and Cabaret (Emcee). Also seen at the Tower of London, Minnesota Fringe, and around Chicago at Victory Gardens, Asterisk Arts, and Surging Theatrics/Cuckoo’s Theater. John directs and performs for Kettle Camp Studios. LDA 2018; Twelfth Night (Toby/Feste). 2019 J. Pat Miller Award.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

The Rosina Project - 2019
Lighting Designer
John Holmes
Production Assistant

Katherine Fennessey

Production Assistant

Katherine is a rising senior at Loyola University Chicago pursuing a BA in Theatre with a focus in Acting and a minor in Musical Theatre.  Collegiate credits include “Violet” in VIOLET, “Fritzie” in CABARET, and “Olivia” in Twelfth Night at the London Dramatic Academy.  She is so happy to be back for her second summer working on THE ROSINA PROJECT and extends her gratitude to all involved.

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

The Rosina Project - 2019

Creative Consultants

Creative Consultant

Matthan Ring Black

Creative Consultant

Matthan Ring Black, baritone, holds a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from Wichita State University and a Professional Diploma from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he spent two years as a Young Artist with Chicago Opera Theater. Matthan has recently performed the roles of Don Alvaro and Dandini in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims and La Cenerentola, Huy/The Doctor in the Chicago premiere of Daron Hagen’s Amelia at CCPA and Roderick Usher in a new realization of Debussy’s unfinished La Chute de Maison de Usher.

Matthan is also committed to classical vocal music in recital and concert. He recently performed in song recitals honoring the 50th anniversary of the death of Francis Poulenc and selections from La Traviata and A Midsummer Night’s Dream to celebrate the birthdays of Verdi and Britten. Matthan is also passionate about the preservation of art song in English through nontraditional performances of songs from composers such as John Adams, Ernst Bacon, Leonard Bernstein, Jake Heggie, and Lee Hoiby.

Matthan recently made his main stage debut with Chicago Opera Theatre as Vagabond #2 in Carl Orff’s Die Kluge and will be featured as an Apprentice Artist with Opera Southwest this October. Matthan will be also performing the role of Tarquinius in Candid Concert Opera’s The Rape of Lucretia in November. Other performances include Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Sid (Albert Herring), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), L’horloge Comtoise (L’enfant et les sortileges), Henry Davis (Street Scene), and The Lord High Chancellor (Iolanthe).

Productions with Chicago Fringe Opera

Lucrezia Chucho 2017
In the Penal Colony The Officer 2016
Fringe’s Holiday House Party Soloist 2015
Chicago Fringe Opera’s Lakeside Soiree Soloist 2015
2014 Christmas Celebration Soloist 2014
The Rape of Lucretia Tarquinius 2014
Creative Consultant
DJ White Russian
Creative Consultant
The Q Brothers


Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation