The Parisian Mozart: Exploring the Music and Influences of Jacques Offenbach
by Various Composers
October 16, 2022
Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College
A concert exploration of the music and influences of French composer, Jacques Offenbach. The concert featured:
Francesca Federico (Soprano)
Amy Maude Helfer (Mezzo-Soprano)
Bryan Murray (Baritone)
Omar Najmi (Tenor)
Vladimir Odinikikh (Piano)
by Gioachino Rossini
May 13 and 14, 2022
Park Theatre, Jaffrey, NH
Cenerentola (Kelsey Robertson), a seamstress and aspiring fashion designer, labors under her oppressive stepfather, Don Magnifico (Andy Papas) and wannabe-model stepsisters, Clorinda (Francesca Federico) and Tisbe (Alyce Daubenspeck). It is Fashion Week in Milan, and Cenerentola is intent on presenting her fashion creations. The plot unfolds along the lines of the well-known fairy tale, but the Prince (Pedro Barbosa) is the head of the preeminent Milanese fashion house, House of Ramiro, a rival to Magnifico. Though the stage is set for Ramiro to rescue Cenerentola from the clutches of her stepfamily, she succeeds in bridging the rival factions into an all-powerful fashion empire. The cast also features Armando Contreras as Dandini and Michael Scarcelle as Alidoro.
Video Production - Released April 2022
Mozart’s short one act opera, The Impresario, is adapted as a lighthearted sequel to Raylynmor's previous production of Bastien and Bastienne.
Bastien, Bastienne, and Colas have “gone viral” with their social media presence ever since the movie came out about them last year. They all decide to go into showbusiness and find out what a mistake that is. Along the way, we meet a soprano/diva rival and see Bastien and Bastienne get into a whole new world of trouble.
Video Production - Released October 2020
Pagliacci is the story of a traveling theatre troupe headed by Canio, the abusive husband of Nedda. Nedda has been having an affair with a local man, Silvio. Canio finds out and confronts his wife and her lover in front of a live(stream) audience during their performance. Playing off of the popularity of live-streamed performances, we will make the show within the show a livestream event - and our chorus will be the consumers.
Bastien and Bastienne
Video Production - Released March 2021
Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne is a one-act comic opera written when the composer was only 12 years old. This clever opera about love and misunderstandings will be transported to the era of social media by a new libretto by Artistic Director Ben Robinson.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Keene Country Club
The swirling and effervescent music of “waltz king” Johann Strauss II is the backdrop for this zany comedy about infidelity, mistaken identity and the powerful effects of champagne. Building on the success of the cabaret-inspired production of La tragédie de Carmen, Die Fledermaus will be presented in an immersive setting, where the audience drinks and dines in real time as guests of Prince Orlofsky. This exciting new production will be both staged and set at the Keene Country Club, presented with a new English translation and accompanied by piano.
(Above) Amy Maude Helfer, Bryan Murray, and Francesca Federico
(Right) Omar Najmi and Francesco Federico
(Above) Alyce Daubenspeck as Tisbe and Francesca Federico as Clorinda
(Left) Kelsey Robertson as Cenerentola
Die Fledermaus: Rebecca Shorstein as Adele