New Camerata Opera in partnership with Anti-Social Music presents
Enchantress & Bombay Rickey Meets the Psychology of Desire
@ The Flea Theater
composed by Kamala Sankaram
libretto by Rob Handel
Yee Eun Nam
Assistant Stage Manager
Eva Parr: Ada Lovelace
Erik Bagger: William Lovelace
Stan Lacy: Charles Babbage
About Ada Lovelace:
Augusta Ada Byron, the only legitimate daughter of famed poet Lord Byron, was born in London on December 10, 1815. Byron separated from Ada’s mother Anne Isabella Milbanke when Ada was a month old, and as a result Ada was encouraged to develop her gift for mathematics. She married William King in 1835, and after he was made Earl of Lovelace Ada became a Countess, and became known as "Ada Lovelace". She formed a lasting friendship with mathematician and famed scholar Charles Babbage, who often turned to Ada for assistance with his work on the Analytical Engine. In 1843 Ada translated an article on the Analytical Engine written by the Italian engineer Luigi Menabrea, followed by her own notes, which greatly exceeded the length of the article itself. Due to the revolutionary concepts that she put forth in her notes about the potential ability of the Engine to carry out an algorithm to compute Bernoulli numbers, Ada is considered the world’s first computer programmer. Ada died on November 27, 1852.
+ Erik Bagger
Young American full lyric tenor Erik Bagger has added over 40 roles to his repertoire, within the past decade in the New York opera scene. Some role highlights include Tamino, in Die Zauberflöte, Albert in Albert Herring, Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and Ford in Salieri’s Falstaff. He has performed with The Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera on Tap NYC, North Shore Music Festival, Bronx Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Utopia Opera, Opera Noire of NY, OperaOggi NY, Apollo Opera, Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, Intermezzo Opera Festival, International Lyric Academy of Rome, New Operafestival di Roma, LiedAustria, Wendy Taucher Dance Opera Theater, and Opera Ischia. He has received rave reviews from a number of international and regional publications. He holds a Masters of Music and Bachelors of Music, magna cum laude, from The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College. He maintains an active performance schedule of contemporary and standard operatic repertoire.
+ Eva Parr
Mezzo-soprano Eva Parr has performed actively throughout the New York area since 2009. Most recently Eva appeared as Mrs. Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium with New Camerata Opera, a company for which she also serves as a co-founder. Favorite past roles include Carmen (Carmencita in Bed-Stuy), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Meg (Falstaff), and Hansel (Hansel und Gretel). She has performed with several companies including the Bronx Opera, DiCapo Opera, The North Shore Music Festival, Opera Lirico d’Europa, Amore Opera, Opera Manhattan, The Garden State Philharmonic, and New Camerata Opera.
+ Yee Eun Nam
Yee Eun Nam is a scenic and projection designer for Opera, theater, and any form for live performances currently based in LA. Her recent theater design works include Crew (Theatre Squared), Sweat (Mark Taper Forum), Bordertown Now (Pasadena Playhouse), Members Only, Dementia, A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story, Sweetheart Deal, La Olla (Latino Theater Company), Citizen: An American Lyric (Grand Park, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Fountain Theater), SAPO (Getty Villa), American Odyssey (Culture Clash/ Vcitory Garden Theater), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Antaeus Theater Company), Br’er Cotton (Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble), Lovesick and Generation Sex(Teatro Luna/ Victory Garden Theater). Opera design works include Lohengrin (New World Center), Backwards from Winter (Center for Contemporary Opera), Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (The Soraya), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ariadne auf Naxo, The Tales of Hoffmann, Crucible, Deadman Walking, Cunning Little Vixen, L'enfant et les sortilèges, La bohème, Hansel and Gretel (Miami Music Festival), Turn of The Screw (DC Public Opera), Don Giovanni (Freud Playhouse) Yee is a recipient ofGilbert Cates Award, Cirque du Soleil Fellowship Award. MFA in Theater Design at UCLA.
+ Stan Lacy
Regarded for his richness of tone and infectious stage presence, Stan Lacy has made a name for himself on the stages of New York and the world in operas, concerts and recitals.
This season he premiered the role of Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and this summer he returns to Dell’Arte opera company to offer his first Lescaut in Massenet’s Manon.
Recently, Stan's debut with Bronx Opera as Sid (Albert Herring) garnered praise as "handsome" and "hot-blooded," and was heralded as a "sensual" portrayal of a "working class ladies' man." Stan was also recently heard in the role of Tarquinius (Rape of Lucretia)with Utopia Opera of Manhattan, El Dancairo (Carmen) with State Repertory Opera of New Jersey, Betto (Gianni Schicchi) with Raylynmor Opera of New Hampshire, and Ping (Turandot) with Metro Chamber Orchestra of New York. At home in difficult, contemporary repertoire, Stan recently sang the part of Mittelstaedt in the American premiere of Nancy Van de Vate's All Quiet on the Western Front. He created the role of Remo in Haim Elisha's new serialist opera A Certain Quiet (2015). He sang Count Almaviva in Titus’ Rosina in that opera’s first revival in over thirty years for Dell’Arte Opera in NYC. His portrayal of Judge Danforth (The Crucible) helped to garner a first prize for DiCapo Opera on tour at the MezzoTV Opera festival in Szeged, Hungary. In concert with ensembles in New York and New Jersey, he has sung Elijah, Liebeslieder Walzer, and Messiah, as well as works of Vaughan-Williams, Howells, and Ariel Ramírez. Stan pursued graduate studies at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Music.
+ Miriam Rochford
Miriam Rochford is a freelance stage manager who finally considers herself a New Yorker, 3 years after she moved here from her native Florida. Miriam has had the pleasure and good fortune to stage manage for several opera and theatre companies in her time here in NYC. You may have seen her name attached to projects with New York Deaf Theatre, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Bronx Opera. She is a founding member of ASL Cabaret NYC, and is never happier than when she is creating opportunities for Deaf talent. She recently launched her website miriamrochford.com, of which she is very proud even though it is the most basic Wix format available. Miriam sends her love and good wishes to her Florida family, and keeps her Dad in her thoughts at every turn.
Bombay Rickey Meets the Psychology of Desire
Kamala Sankaram: Vocals and accordion
Drew Fleming: Guitar and vocals
Jeff Hudgins: Alto saxophone and vocals
Gil Smuskowitz: Upright bass
Brian Adler: Percussion
+ Kamala Sankaram
KAMALA SANKARAM has been praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times) and “new voice from whom we will surely be hearing more” (LA Times). Recent commissions include Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Memphis, Opera on Tap, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Awards, grants and residencies include: Jonathan Larson Award, NEA ArtWorks, MAP Fund, Opera America, NY IT Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the Civilians, HERE, the MacDowell Colony, and the Watermill Center. Her opera, THUMBPRINT (written with librettist Susan Yankowitz), premiered in the 2014 PROTOTYPE Festival, and was featured on NPR, Agence France Presse, and media outlets around the world. THUMBPRINT has since received productions at LA Opera and Opera Ithaca. She is currently working with librettist Jerre Dye on THE PARKSVILLE MURDERS, the first opera written for virtual reality. Episode 1 is now available on Samsung VR. Her upcoming season includes premieres at Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Ithaca, music for Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, and performing in the revival of Meredith Monk’s opera ATLAS with the LA Philharmonic. Dr. Sankaram holds a PhD from the New School and is currently a member of the composition faculty at SUNY Purchase.
+ Bombay Rickey
BOMBAY RICKEY is a five-piece band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with soaring operatic vocals. Since its inception in 2012, Bombay Rickey has become a fixture at Brooklyn mainstay Barbés, as well as having played live on WFMU, opened up for Cambodian psychedelic band Dengue Fever, and having been featured in an ad for Citibank. Bombay Rickey’s debut album, Cinefonia, was named best debut of 2014 by New York Music Daily and received the Vox Pop Award for Best Eclectic Album from the International Music Awards. Bombay Rickey’s opera cabaret based on the life of Yma Sumac premiered in the prestigious PROTOTYPE Festival in New York City. The show ran for seven sold-out performances, was hailed as a “rocking musical show” by the Wall Street Journal, and was performed in London as part of Téte a Téte Opera’s Cubitt Sessions. Most recently, Bombay Rickey was invited to be on the Mid-Atlantic Arts Fund’s Touring Roster for 2017/18. The band released their second album, Electric Bhairavi, to wide critical acclaim this past May.
Special thanks to
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.