Paul’s Case Recording

“Gregory Spears is rightly one of the US’s most lauded younger operatic composers.” – OPERA Magazine


“UrbanArias’ recording of Paul’s Case is an antidote to the intellectual pretensions that regularly drag contemporary opera performance toward tediousness and boredom.” – Parterre Box

In August 2018, UrbanArias was thrilled to reassemble the original cast of our World Premiere production of Gregory Spears and Kathryn Walat’s opera Paul’s Case. We recorded it over three days at SUNY Purchase, and are delighted to share the results with all of you. Our recording was released by National Sawdust Tracks.

YOU MAY PURCHASE the recording from National Sawdust Tracks, or on your favorite digital platform!




Jonathan Blalock, Amanda Crider, Keith Phares, Melissa Wimbish, Erin Sanzero, Michael Slattery, James Shaffran, Robert Wood and the American Modern Ensemble

[L to R]: Gregory Spears, Robert Wood, Michael Slattery, Melissa Wimbish, Jonathan Blalock, Erin Sanzero, Amanda Crider, Keith Phares; SUNY Purchase, August 9, 2018.

More praise for Paul’s Case:

From OPERA Magazine –

“The nine-player American Modern Ensemble under Robert Wood offers dynamism and the stylistic flexibility that Spears’s writing requires.”


From Opera News –

“Johnathan Blalock is remarkably emotive…Keith Phares turns in another compelling performance…The three women (Amanda Crider, Melissa Wimbish and Erin Sanzero) do beautiful work.”


From Avant-Scène –

“(Conductor) Robert Wood lets all breathe without sacrificing precision and energy.”