OPERA CABARET JULY 13

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ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Thursday, July 13 at 8 p.m.

At Signature’s ARK Theater

4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington, VA 22206

Only $35, with comfortable seating a romantic cabaret tables!

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Buy now – limited seating!


Our one-hour show includes:

Service Provider, a 25-minute chamber opera

with music by Christopher Weiss and libretto by John de los Santos

and OPERA IMPROV!

featuring

Maggie Finnegan, Melissa Wimbish,
Ian McEuen and Jeffrey Grayson Gates

Molly Orlando, pianist

Music Direction by Robert Wood

Direction by Courtney Kalbacker

PROGRAM

Service Provider

    A comedy about how you REALLY need to turn your cell phone off during dinner. Beau and Autumn are celebrating their three-year anniversary, but their evening is marred by Autumn’s constant texting and picture taking. Dallas, their waiter, tries to steer their relationship in a healthier direction while recommending the pork belly, while Charlene, Beau’s mistress, decided to have dinner at the same restaurant. Wickedly funny, and all too familiar.

and OPERA IMPROV!

    The return of an UrbanArias favorite – our four intrepid singers will create mini operas for you on the spot! We play games, improvise scenes, and incorporate your suggestions. It’s interactive! Would you like to tell us about your first date and see us turn it into an opera? Now’s your chance . . .

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Melissa Wimbish, sopranoMelissa Wimbish (Soprano) SOLO RECITAL: Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall; Terrace Theater of Kennedy Center. OPERA/CONCERT: The Dream Washington Ballet (Soprano soloist) at Kennedy Center Opera House; Mysteries of the Macabre, Baltimore Symphony (Soloist); Candide, Manchester Choral Society (Cunegonde); Carmina Burana, Washington Ballet (Soloist) Eisenhower Theater; Josephine, Urban Arias (Josephine); Paul’s Case, Urban Arias (History Teacher); Candide, Baltimore Symphony (Sheep). AWARDS: Baker Artist Award (2016); NATS Artist Award, 1st Place (2014); Franco-American Vocal Award (2014).

Maggie Finnegan (Soprano) OPERA: Center for Contemporary Opera, Odysseus’ Women (US premiere); Vital Opera, Unfinished (world premiere); Drexel University, Sophia’s Forest (world premiere); Utopia Opera, Les Enfants et les Sortileges; Opera Parallele, The Little Prince; American Chamber Opera, Lisa’s Room (NY premiere); The Metropolitan Opera Guild, The Magic Flute. CONCERT: Boston Lyric Opera Signature Series; Pyeongchang Winter Music Festival; City Choir of Washington; New Dominion Chorale; Capital Fringe Festival. AWARDS: First Place, Washington International Competition for Voice (2016); S&R Foundation Washington Award (2017).

Ian McEuen (Tenor): OPERA: Madama Butterfly, Washington National Opera (Goro); Turandot, Virginia Opera (Pang); Sweeney Todd, New Orleans Opera (Toby); Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, UrbanArias (Dr. S); Tosca, Knoxville Opera (Spoletta); Butterfly, North Carolina Opera (Goro); Magic Flute, Arizona Opera (Monostatos); Butterfly, Glimmerglass Festival (Goro); With Blood, with Ink, Fort Worth Opera (Padre Antonio); The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, WNO (Hippo/Holy Man/Dog); Ariadne auf Naxos, FWO (Tanzmeister).
 
 

Jeffrey Grayson Gates (Baritone) OPERA: URBANARIAS: Craigslist Cabaret, Opera Improv! PEABODY OPERA THEATRE: Don GiovanniLakméThe Rake’s ProgressThe Crucible. CENTRAL CITY OPERA: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Our TownShow Boat. DES MOINES METRO OPERA: La RondineEugene OneginLa BohemeDialogues of the Carmelites. KENTUCKY OPERA: La Fanciulla del West. CHARLESTON SYMPHONY: Brahms’ Requiem. RICHMOND SYMPHONY: Mozart Requiem.  AWARDS RECEIVED: 3 time MONCA Regional Finalist, Vocal Arts DC Winner, Naftzger Young Artist Auditions Grand Prize Winner.

Molly Orlando (pianist): UNIVERSITY: George Washington University. ENSEMBLE: Great Noise Ensemble, United States Air Force Band, Third Millennium Ensemble. RECITALS: Robert Baker, Carolyn Braus, Jeremy Koch, Jeffery Work, members of Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra. REGIONAL: Arts Club of Washington, International Saxophone Symposium, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington International Piano Series; plus Utah State University, College of Wooster (OH), Penn State University. PREMIERES: Daniel Felsenfeld, John Elmquist, Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis, Tim Dusenbury.

Robert Wood (Music Director) URBANARIAS (Founder): Independence Eve, Lucy, As One, After Life/Josephine, Blue Viola, Three Decembers, Paul’s Case; SAN FRANCISCO OPERA: La Traviata, L’italiana in Algeri, Concerts; OPERA COLORADO: Carmen, Roméo et Juliette; WOLF TRAP OPERA: Le Comte Ory, Die Zauberflöte; MINNESOTA OPERA: La Donna del Lago, Le Nozze di Figaro, Lakmé, Rusalka, Il barbiere di Siviglia; HAWAII OPERA THEATRE: Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Die Fledermaus; VANCOUVER OPERA: L’italiana in Algeri.

Courtney Kalbacker (Stage Director) PEABODY OPERA: ANON, Naomi in the Living Room, Sukey in the Dark. URBANARIAS: A Craigslist Cabaret, At the Statue of Venus, The Whole Truth.  DC AREA: Live Arts Maryland: Carousel.  Unmanned Stagecraft: The Young Wife. Victorian Lyric Opera: Gypsy Baron. Silver Finch Arts Collective: A Fire in Water INTERNATIONAL:  Kingshead Theatre, London: The Young Wife. UNIVERSITY: Opera Faculty at Towson University and guest director at Peabody Institute.

Christopher Weiss (Composer) has received commissions and performances from Washington National Opera, Fort Worth Opera, New York City Opera, Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, Boston Chamber Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, Columbia Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Twickenham Fest, Music from Angel Fire, the Virginia Arts Festival, and the National Opera Association. He has been in residence at Yaddo, the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center.

John de los Santos (Librettist) OPERA: The Copper Queen, When Adonis Calls. (as Director) LOFTOPERA: Stabat Mater, Otello, Le Comte Ory. LYRIC STAGE: Pure Country (world premiere). KRAINE THEATRE NYC: The Astronaut Love Show (world premiere). SKYLIGHT MUSIC THEATRE: La Cage Aux Folles. OPERA BIRMINGHAM: Orpheus & Euridice, Green Sneakers. LEXINGTON PHILHARMONIC: Maria de Buenos Aires. FORT WORTH OPERA: The Pearl Fishers, The Mikado, Carmen. AWARDS: Arizona Opera SPARK Commission, DFW Critics Forum Award