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.

CCO conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya named fellow of the Dallas Opera Institute for Women Conductors.

Lidiya Yankovskaya, a frequent conductor and pianist for many of CCO’s ateliers and productions, has been selected as a fellow at the inaugural Institute for Women Conductors, sponsored by Dallas Opera. A total of 103 women from 27 countries applied for the institute. They included principal and assistant conductors, concertmasters and music staff from major opera companies, symphony orchestras and conservatories.

See Dallas Opera announces Women Conductors Institute participants for more information.

CCO records Is Paris Burning? by Francois Dompierre and Leonard Orr

The Center for Contemporary Opera was awarded a grant by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation to make a demonstration recording of a new opera, Is Paris Burning? by Francois Dompierre and Leonard Orr. The compelling work is about the well-known story of Hilter’s order to burn Paris during the closing days of World War II. The recording will be used to gather interest by other opera companies with the objective of a co-production with CCO.

CCO Enters into Partnership with Brevard Music Center

2015 marks the beginning of a new relationship between the Brevard Music Center and New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera. Brevard will work with CCO to bring new works to Brevard’s stages, both as part of the Opera in a Box series, as well as our mainstage productions. BMC and CCO artistic leadership will work together to choose promising operas to workshop and stage. Future opportunities for BMC students and alumni to perform in New York and abroad may materialize throughout the life cycle of each particular project. This year’s black box production of Falling Angel by J. Mark Scearce marks the inaugural collaboration of this partnership.