1 AUGUST 2018 - PRODUCTION UPDATE
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24 JULY 2018 - PRODUCTION UPDATE
ENAensemble is excited to announce the cast of Greenland, the chamber opera at the heart of The Propaganda Machine Show!
Soprano Anaïs Naharro-Murphy
plays the role of Director
Tenor Wesley Morgan
plays the role of Stuntman (Friederich)
Baritone Anthony Sharp
plays the role of Cameraman (Dieter)
Spanish-American Soprano Anaïs Naharro-Murphy enjoys performing a diverse repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary works in opera, song, and ensemble pieces. Ms. Naharro-Murphy is looking forward to solo performances in 2017-18, including a recital at the Spanish Embassy in Washington D.C., Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble conTemplum, guest artist with the Temple New Music Ensemble, and revisiting the role of Suor Genovieffa in Opera Delaware’s production of Puccini’s Suor Angelica. As a choral singer, Anaïs is currently a core staff member at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill and the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, in addition to freelancing with groups as the Princeton Singers and the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Anaïs is also the personnel manager, general administrator, and member for ALMA Consort of Voices and Craftworks Ensembles. As an avid recitalist, Anaïs has recently premiered and pioneered works of living composers such as Douglas Buchanan, George Crumb, Sebastian Currier, Daron Hagen, Evan Kassof, Yoni Levyatov, Andrew Litts, Gilda Lyons, Carlos Jose Martínez Fernández, and Ned Rorem, in addition to many works in the traditional recital repertoire.
“Fresh voiced young tenor” (parterre.com) Wesley Morgan has been praised by conductors, stage directors and audiences for his “ringing tenor” and “gift for suave phrasing” (Greenville News). Of Wesley’s Opera in the Heights debut as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, BroadwayWorld.com said “Wesley Morgan’s polished tenor instrument is put to great use with this score.” Wesley reprised the role of Edgardo at the Belleayre Music Festival in the Catskills. After a New York City debut with Teatro Grattacielo on a gala concert featuring Aprile Milo, Wesley returned the following season as Alexis in Siberia. Opera News said of his performance “Wesley Morgan’s clear tenor made one wish Giordano had given Alexis more to sing.”
Anthony Sharp is an aspiring basso and classically trained pianist from Allentown, Pennsylvania where he studies voice with Dr. Yvonne Robinson. Having just finished his undergraduate studies at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, he has most recently been heard singing the role of Le Bailli in Massenet’s Werther, and in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall as Bass Soloist/Narrator in Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Temple University Symphony Orchestra.
About singing in The Propaganda Machine Show, Anthony says...
"The portability of the human voice allows new opera to find itself in all sorts of nontraditional venues with the hopeful potential of reaching nontraditional audiences. I am optimistic that this evening will positively provoke the ear of the operatic classicist, while inviting and luring in new listeners by pairing radically relevant topics with the intimate connection between vocalist and listener."
18 JULY 2018 - PRODUCTION UPDATE
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE SHOW
The Propaganda Machine Show casts the chamber opera Greenland in a larger context of historical and satirical propaganda. The opera, with a libretto by the award-winning Croatian librettist Aleksandar Hut-Kono and music by Evan Kassof, sets a Leni Riefenstahl-like film director, her stuntman, and her cameraman on the glaciers of Greenland in 1940 shooting footage for a new Nazi propaganda film. They become trapped on the ice and fight over surrendering to US forces or waiting for German help to arrive. At its core, Greenland’s characters all weigh the tension between making art and making propaganda.
The film 1939 Refuge was an artistic and political tool created by the New York Office of the Spanish Refugee Relief Campaign (SRRC) that shortened and dubbed a film by Jean Paul Le Chanois (alias Jean Paul Dreyfus) titled Un people attend. First screened in 2009 after thought lost, Refuge combines original footage, newsreel, and footage taken from a camera hidden in a grocery bag depicting the plight of the Spanish Refugees in France. The new score accompanying the film by Joshua Hartman reorients the intent of Refuge into an historical artifact, rediscovered with a particularly timely message.
Following the film and the opera, Nicole Renna’s cabaret features performances of propagandizing pop music rearranged into a rich satirical and poignant discourse. Together, these three works show the project of propaganda as the omnipresent, morally ambiguous machine it continues to be – always finding new ways to colonize artistic expression and deform artistic integrity. The Propaganda Machine Show will be embedded in a 1fiftyOne Gallery + Art Space show displaying propaganda-style posters carefully curated by Gus Gscheidle. This space’s unique design, content, and history provide the perfect venue for an immersive evening with The Propaganda Machine Show.
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