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OPERA THEATER UNLIMITED TO PRESENT BAY AREA’S FIRST 48-HOUR OPERA FESTIVAL IN APRIL 2017

 

San Francisco, CA, March 14th, 2017 – Opera Theater Unlimited announced today that it will be hosting the Bay Area’s first 48-hour opera festival. The festival will begin on Friday, April 28th and conclude with a performance at 7PM on Sunday, April 30th at the Custom Made Theatre in downtown San Francisco.

 

The festival will operate similarly to a 24-hour play festival. Participants will conceive, create, rehearse, and perform 10-15 minute operatic pieces within a 48-hour period. The event will bring creative new works to life, foster cross-disciplinary artistic relationships, and present great Bay Area artists. Opera Theater Unlimited is in the process of reviewing submissions from librettists, composers, stage directors, pianists, and singers.

 

“Hosting a 48-hour opera festival has been a dream of mine since we founded Opera Theater Unlimited in 2015,” remarked OTU board member and festival organizer Katie Nix. “We’re very excited to bring inventive, inspiring artists together to create 100% original works in one electrifying weekend.”

 

Community members will be able to witness a showcase of the resulting operas at the conclusion of the weekend. Teams of artists will win awards as determined by a to-be-announced panel of panel of celebrity judges from the Bay Area performing arts community. The showcase will also feature a preview of Opera Theater Unlimited’s upcoming commissioned opera, which will show in July 2017 at the Exit Theatre in San Francisco.

 

Tickets are available through their website at http://www.operatheaterunlimited.com/48-hour-opera-festival and at the door pending availability.

 

Opera Theater Unlimited was founded in 2015 by a small collective of local artists and arts enthusiasts. In 2016, OTU’s modernized production of Monteverdi’s L'incornazione di Poppea was named one of the top 10 classical music events of 2016 by the San Francisco Chronicle. The company attained nonprofit status and launched a critically-acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in the fall-of 2015.

 


 

OPERA THEATER UNLIMITED TO PRESENT MODERNIZED PRODUCTION OF L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA

Edgy production uses gender blind casting, taps national political discord.

 

San Francisco, CA, June 14th, 2016 – Opera Theater Unlimited announced today that it will produce a modernized interpretation of L'incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi this summer. The show will play at the EXIT Theater in downtown San Francisco at 8 pm on July 15th and 16th, 2016..

 

The highly-anticipated second show is a departure from their inaugural production last fall, a sold-out run of The Turn of the Screw. Coming off of Benjamin Britten’s ghost-filled 20th-century opera, the baroque Poppea is a bold choice that defines the trajectory of future OTU seasons.

 

“One of Opera Theater Unlimited’s core goals is to make classical music accessible to the community at large,” remarked OTU founder and Poppea stage director Sarah Young. “The themes of political intrigue and lust for power make L’incoronazione di Poppea relatable, especially during our current election cycle.”

 

In addition to being set in modern day, the chamber opera will also push the boundaries of gender blind casting, featuring women in several of the roles traditionally played by men. The cast will be headed by soprano Danielle Cheiken as Poppea, with Ellen Presley as Ottone, Maggie Manire as Primo Soldato, Katie Nix as Secondo Soldato, Marissa Simmons as Nerone, Melissa Costa as Arnalta, Jill Morgan Brenner as Ottavia, Sara Hagenbuch as Drusilla, and Bryce Wiatrack as Seneca. The stage director is Sarah Young and the music director is Eddie Hong. The piece will be performed with a small chamber orchestra.

 

Tickets are available online at www.operatheaterunlimited.com/lincoronazione-di-poppea, and at the door pending availability.

 

Opera Theater Unlimited was founded last year by Young and a small collective of local artists and arts enthusiasts. In addition to holding a successful Indiegogo campaign and attaining nonprofit status, the company launched a critically-acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in the fall of 2015.

 


 

OPERA THEATER UNLIMITED ANNOUNCES THE 2017 WORLD PREMIERE OF AN OPERA BY JOSEPH M. COLOMBO WITH LIBRETTO BY CAITLIN MULLAN

 

San Francisco, CA, February 2, 2016 – Opera Theater Unlimited announced today that it will commission and premiere a new opera as part of its highly anticipated upcoming season. The opera will be composed by Joseph M. Colombo, a San Francisco based post-classical composer praised by critics as the creator of “powerful auditory experience[s],” with an original libretto by Caitlin Mullan, seasoned playwright and local performing arts educator.

 

“As Opera Theater Unlimited evolves, we’re looking to take on bigger projects that support our goals of producing modern, boundary-pushing classical music performances,” notes OTU founder Sarah Young. “This project is an exciting opportunity for us, not just to put on an excellent contemporary production, but to help shape the composition of a new work through ongoing collaboration throughout the process. Our mission states that we seek to ‘influence the artistic culture of the Bay Area,’ and this is a perfect example of how we are working to connect Bay Area artists, composers, writers, and audience members to create a truly local experience.”

 

The new work will receive its first workshop in collaboration with Opera Theater Unlimited’s artists and directors in 2016. Workshops will play a key role in the commissioning process, allowing Colombo and Mullan to test creative ideas before the piece’s premiere.

 

Opera Theater Unlimited was founded last year by Young and a small collective of local artists and arts enthusiasts. In addition to holding a successful Indiegogo campaign and attaining nonprofit status, the company launched a critically-acclaimed production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in the fall of 2015.

 


 

NEW CLASSICAL MUSIC ORGANIZATION OPERA THEATER UNLIMITED FORMS TO LAUNCH PREMIER PRODUCTION OF BRITTEN’S THE TURN OF THE SCREW

 

San Francisco, CA, August 21, 2015 – Opera Theater Unlimited announced today that it will launch its first production this September. Having reached its fundraising goal to support the premier show through private donations after only one month, OTU plans to present two performances of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at Stage Werx in San Francisco on September 18th and 19th.

 

“Opera Theater Unlimited brings an exciting new voice to Bay Area theatre,” said Sarah Young, founder of OTU and stage director for The Turn of the Screw. “Our first production really showcases our company’s signature style–it’s edgy, modern, and intensely intimate. We think a San Francisco audience will respond well to our take on The Turn of the Screw.”

 

The company was founded earlier this year by Young and a small collective of local artists and arts enthusiasts. In addition to holding a successful Indiegogo campaign to fund the first set of shows, the company also obtained nonprofit status over the summer. 

 

The anticipated performances of Opera Theater Unlimited’s The Turn of the Screw feature a strong cast of local artists including Kelly Rubinsohn as the Governess, Nicholas Harmantzis as Quint, Yemonja Stanley as Miss Jessel, Jasmine Johnson as Mrs. Grose, Maggie Manire as Miles, and Gabrielle Traub as Flora. The show will be directed by Sarah Young with musical direction by Tyler Catlin.