Opera Company of Brooklyn Presents: Operatic music by Chevalier de Saint-George

    February 28, 2014 – March 1, 2014 all-day
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    132 Odell Clark Place
    New York, NY 10030

    Opera Company of Brooklyn Presents:

    Operatic music by Chevalier de Saint-George

    Friday, February 28, 7:00 pm

    at Abyssinian Baptist Church with SiNGERS, CELLO, GUITAR, PIANO & VIOLIN.

    132 Odell Clark Pl, New York, NY 10030

    209NEW YORK, NY – Opera Company of Brooklyn (OCB) celebrates Black Awareness Month with a special presentation featuring the work of Afro-French composer and conductor, Joseph de Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-George. Active in the Royal Courts of eighteenth century France, Saint-George was passed up as the leader of the Paris Opera for reasons of race discrimination, however remained active in aristocratic circles, including the court of Marie-Antoinette at Versailles. Saint-George’s other passion, fencing, gave him an audience with the British Royal Family. It was during his time in the UK that he began to notice the presence of anti-slavery movements. Saint-Georges achieved the rank of Captain during the French Revolution, continuing to entertain his compatriots with the composition of his opera ‘Guillaume-Tout-Coeur ou les Amis de village (William-All-Heart or The Village Friends). With his legacy overshadowed by that of Voltaire and Napoleon, we look forward to raising awareness on this key figure in not just early anti-slavery movements, but his imminent role in the musical tapestry of France. OCB will present a musical program of his work at Abyssinian Baptist Church on Friday, February 28th of 2014 at 7pm.

    $15 Students/$25 Adults

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    Presentation on Chevalier; Aubry Bryan, Curator

    Duet: Valcor and Opémon; Tant de constance, tant d’amour
    Aubry Bryan, Tenor; Alonzo Murphy-Johnson, Bass

    Aria: Valcor “Depuis long temps” from L’amant anonyme
    Ivan Rivera, Tenor
    Aria/Song: “O toi”
    Lauren Onsrud, Soprano
    Aria/Song: “La Seule”
    Percy Martinez, Tenor

    Duet: “Saitisfait” from Ernestine

    Lauren Onsrud, Soprano; Ivan Rivera, Tenor
    Ariette: “Oreste au nom de l’amitie” from d’ Iphegenie
    Sarah Gilbert, Soprano

    Aria/Song: “L’autre jour”

    Ivan Amaro, Bass-baritone; Matthew T. Bray, Guitar

    Duet: “C’est donc ainsi qu’on me”

    Sarah Gilbert, Soprano; Percy Martinez, Tenor

    Recitative and Aria: Scena from Ernestine

    Lauren Onsrud, Soprano

    James Besser, Pianist

    Jay Meetze, Music Director and Conductor

    All sheet music graciously provided by Aubry Bryan.

    Box Office opens at 6:30PM.

    OCB Adult tickets enter code OCB ADULT
    OCB Student tickets enter code OCB STUDENT for discount
    (student card required at admission)

    OCB’s passion is to bring opera out of the theatre and into the lives of all. Our purpose is to showcase impressive voices and the best upcoming artists in an intimate, dynamic setting, with minimal costuming and music. Our connection makes opera more accessible with performing experiences in fun settings.