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The Flea Theater

Composed by Benjamin Britten

Libretto by Ronald Duncan

Stage Director
Bea Goodwin

Music Director
Justin Bischof

Associate & Cover Conductor
Brian Holman

Scenographer
Luther Frank

Associate Scenographer
Jocelyn Grigorie

Director of Artistic Sign Language
Alexandria Wailes

Stage Manager
Miriam Rochford

Assistant Stage Manager
Taylor Hollister

Costume Design
Sarah Dixey

ASL Interpreters
Maria Cardoza
Patrick Michael Coble
Stephanie Feyne
Kat Katona
Liz Milana
Tim Smith
Mara Stephens
Lynnette Taylor


Cast

Lucretia (Mezzo-Soprano) - Allison Gish
Lucretia (Cover) - Nicholle Bittlingmeyer
Lucretia (Actor) - Amelia Hensley
Tarquinius - Stan Lacy
Female Chorus - Helena Brown
Male Chorus - Erik Bagger (5/2, 5/5) /
Victor Khodadad (5/4)
Bianca - Eva Parr (5/2, 5/5) /
Julia Tang (5/4)
Collatinus - Andrew Dwan
Junius - Scott Lindroth
Lucia - Barbara Porto


Synopsis

The Male and Female Chorus describe the historical background to the story, and reveal their view of events to be that of a later, Christian era. The action is set in and around Rome immediately before the end of the reign of the Etruscan king Tarquinius Superbus in 510 BC. At a military camp outside the city his son, the prince Tarquinius Sextus, is drinking with two generals, Collatinus and Junius. They discuss an earlier, unfortunate bet, in which the constancy of various Roman wives was tried and found wanting. Of the married men (Tarquinius goes to brothels) only Collatinus can boast a wife, Lucretia, who was discovered sleeping alone in her husband's absence. Urged on by the malicious Junius, Tarquinius decides to prove Lucretia chaste by attempting her virtue himself, and rides off to Rome. There his arrival at her house produces consternation, but hospitality forces Lucretia to offer him a room for the night, despite her misgivings and those of her servants. Tarquinius's purpose, however, is made clear when he wakes her and forces himself upon her before leaving her house. The following morning her late appearance in a distressed, broken state is only slowly understood by her nurse Bianca and maid Lucia, and her husband is sent for. Collatinus arrives with Junius to hear the news, and despite his at least partial understanding of Lucretia's shame it is too painful for her to bear, and she stabs herself. Her death provides the impetus for the Romans to throw out the Tarquins. The Male and Female Chorus attempt to come to terms with these events in a Christian context.


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+ Erik Bagger

Erik Bagger’s role highlights include Tamino, in Die Zauberflöte, Albert in Albert Herring, Alfredo in La Traviata, and Rodolfo in La Bohème. He has performed with companies including New Camerata Opera, The San Jose Stage Company, The Martina Arroyo Foundation, Opera on Tap NYC, North Shore Music Festival, Bronx Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Utopia Opera, Opera Noire of NY, Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, and Wendy Taucher DOT. In June 2017, Bagger made his Carnegie Hall soloist debut, with The Eco-Music Big Band in excerpts from the new opera Angela’s Ring. His voice has been described as “soulful” and of “admirable flexibility” (Voce di Meche). For his strong stage charisma, he has been hailed “consistently amusing” by The New York Times, and a “comic gem” by Broadway World. He holds an M.M. from The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College, where he was the recipient of The Brooklyn College Opera Theatre Award.

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+ Allison Gish

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.

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+ 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.

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+ Barbara Porto

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.

www.stanlacy.com

+ Nicholle Bittlingmeyer

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.

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+ Helena Brown

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.

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+ Amelia Hensley

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.

www.stanlacy.com

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+ Scott Lindroth

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.

www.stanlacy.com

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+ Julia Tang

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.

www.stanlacy.com

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+ Andrew Dwan

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.

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+ Victor Khodadad

A classically trained actor and singer, Mr. Khodadad received his MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and a Graduate Professional Diploma in Vocal Performance from The Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. He has studied singing with Jerome Pruett, Nicolai Gedda and David Jones. Having performed regionally across the United States, Mr. Khodadad’s repertoire includes Tamino, Don Ottavio, Ferrando, Sesto, Alfredo, The Duke, Rodolfo, Roméo, Lensky, Alfred, Eisenstein, Cavaradossi, Gérald, Nadir, Des Grieux, Nemorino, Count Almaviva and The Male Chorus. Oratorio works include The Messiah, Elijah, The Creation, The Seasons and Die erste Walpurgisnacht. He is a co-founder of New Camerata Opera and the Outreach Director. Camerata Piccola, the branch of NCO that produces children’s opera, brings quality productions for students from Pre-K through High School. Please contact us at info@newcamerataopera.org for more information.

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+ Eva Parr

Mezzo-soprano Eva Parr is a Co-Founder of New Camerata Opera, and also serves as Art Director. She is an active performer throughout the New York area. Most recently Eva appeared as Ada Lovelace in Kamala Sankaram's Enchantress with New Camerata Opera. She also appeared in Lesley Dill & Richard Marriott's Divide Light, as Mrs. Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium as part of NCO's production of Triskaidekaphilia, and as Countess Stasa Kokozow in The Count of Luxembourg and Other Tales. 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.


+ Bea Goodwin

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.

www.stanlacy.com

+ Barbara Porto

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.

www.stanlacy.com


Production

 
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+ 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.

 

Special thanks to

New Camerata Opera thanks all of the ASL Interpreters who generously donated their time and energy to this production. Thank you!


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+ 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.

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+ 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

Kristina Dunatov

Chris Dunatov

Mercy O’Bourke

 
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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.