CCO Receives NEA Grants

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement are Art Works awards of $14,000 to the Center for Contemporary Opera and $10,000 in support of a collaboration between Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company and the Center for Contemporary Opera.

The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

This first grant will specifically support our October 2016 production of two works by the esteemed Dutch composer Louis Andriessen; Anais Nin and Odysseus’ Women conducted by Neal Goren and directed by Jorinde Keesmat.

The second grant was awarded to Brevard Music Center for the premiere of Falling Angel by composer J. Mark Scearce and librettist Lucy Thurber. Supported by a commission funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the co-production between Brevard’s Janiec Opera Company and the Center for Contemporary Opera will be the first collaboration by the two organizations. Students of the summer institute and festival will have the opportunity to work alongside professional creative and performing artists for the production.

We are very appreciative to the National Endowment of the Arts for their generous support.

Black Water and Falling Man Sold Out

The April 29th double-bill of Black Water and Falling Man is sold out. Let us encourage you to purchase your tickets now for our next event, Wild Beast of the Bungalow by Rachel Peters and Royce Vavrek. Tickets are selling fast and it is very likely that this will be sold out as well. Thank you for your patronage!

Laura Bohn and Jenna Siladie Join Casts of Upcoming Productions

It is rare that we have to replace one artist but even rarer that we have to replace two!

Maeve Hoglund who was singing the leading role in our upcoming production of “Black  Water” is indisposed due to illness. We are delighted to welcome Laura Bohn to our cast.  Laura is a resident of Amsterdam and just happened to be in the U.S.

Anyone that has recently seen “The Wildness” on Broadway knows that Lauren Worsham is expecting a child very soon and will be unable to sing the title role in Rachel Peters’ new opera, Wild Beast of the Bungalow. We are pleased to welcome the excellent soprano Donata Cucinotta who was previously cast as Wendy. Now singing the role of Wendy is Jenna Siladie who impressed so many of us at our recent auditions.

Thank you Laura, Donata, and Jenna!

CCO mourns the loss of composer John Eaton, an American treasure

John Eaton passed away on December 2 due to complications of a brain hemorrhage. CCO was proud to produce his last major opera, the Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Symphony Space in 2010 and well as produced a concert of many of his works for voice. A lovely tribute to Dr. Eaton can be found here.

Jennifer Rivera named CCO’s Director for Artistic Development

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Rivera as our first Director for Artistic Development.

Ms. Rivera has performed on some of the world’s leading stages on five continents including The Berlin Staatsoper, The Teatro Regio di Torino, Innsbruck Festival fur Alte Musik, as well as singing for eight seasons at The New York City Opera after being chosen as their debut artist of the year. She is a Grammy nominee for her recording of Nerone in Agrippina for Harmonia Mundi, and her recently released recording of Penelope in Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria for Linn Records was chosen as album of the week by the Sunday Times. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post Arts and Culture section and was chosen as the winner of the Spring For Music Arts Blogger Challenge.

She has created roles in two world premieres (Elmer Gantry and The Golden Ticket) and  has sung many roles in contemporary operas including several productions of Mark Adamo’s Little Women and Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking. She remains a committed arts advocate and her responsibilities at Center for Contemporary Opera will include overseeing development and marketing campaigns seeking to increase the financial stability and visibility of CCO, as well as assisting with future artistic and strategic planning.