UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AND PROJECTS

 

April 8th, 2018 - 3:00pm

Schmidt Guest Artist Masterclass
Masterclass for the students of the University of Evansville voice department. 

Wheeler Concert Hall, University of Evansville - Evansville, Indiana

April 10th, 2018 - 8:00pm

Thereseinmesse, Missa in B, Hob. XXII/12 - Joseph Haydn
Tenor soloist as a Schmidt Guest Artist with the University of Evansville University Choir, Mixed Choir, and Kantorei. 
Neu Chapel, University of Evansville - Evansville, Indiana

May 3rd, 2018 - 7:00pm

New Voices Opera Double Bill
The 2018 Spring Double Bill will showcase two brand new one act operas: Abel Esbenshade's Ex Paradisum and Paul Mortilla's Alcibiades (Special Advisor, ED-Emeritus)
Buskirk-Chumley Theater - Bloomington, Indiana

July 21st and 22nd, 2018

Calling All Kates by Emily Goodson and Jeremy Schonfield

Marc gets dumped by his fiancé the night before the wedding spurring an online ad for anyone named Kate to join him 

on his honeymoon so he doesn't lose his deposit... (Music Director/ Narrator/ Percussionist)
Adirondack Theatre Festival - Glen Falls, NY

April 28th, 2017  - 4:00pm

Benjamin Smith Studio Cabaret - Fall 2017

A showcase of music theatre works from the students of Benjamin Smith

Wheeler Concert Hall, University of Evansville - Evansville, Indiana

October, 2018

Doctoral Recital

The last of three recitals, this evening features works entirely by American composers from genres spanning classical, contemporary art-song and opera, as well as musical theatre.

Ford-Crawford Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

PAST PERFORMANCES AND PROJECTS ARCHIVE

December 9th, 2017

Benjamin Smith Studio Cabaret - Fall 2017

A showcase of music theatre works from the students of Benjamin Smith

Wheeler Concert Hall, University of Evansville - Evansville, Indiana

November 27th, 2017

The "X" - 2017

An evening of new vocal and operatic works with a preview of the Spring 2018 Double Bill operas (Special Advisor, ED-Emeritus)

Ford-Crawford Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

October 15th, 2017

Doctoral Recital

The second of three recitals, this evening features the Dichterliebe and other works by Robert Schumann as well as Johannes Brahms with Wilbur Lin at the Piano

Ford-Crawford Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

June 13th, 2017

Vintage Songs 

An evening of song among the grapes with favorites from past Bloomington Playwrights Project productions. (Music Director, Tenor)

Oliver Winery's Creekbend Vineyard - Elletsville, Indiana

May 4th, 2017

New Voices Opera Spring Double Bill
the 2017 Spring Double Bill will showcase two brand new one act operas: Kyle Rotolo's Marilyn's Room and

Matthew Recio's In Memorium (Executive Director)
Buskirk-Chumley Theater - Bloomington, Indiana

April 12th, 2017

5 for Five Years Series - Prof. Kim Carballo

Your New Music Toolbox - Prof. Carballo coaches opera and song at IU Jacobs, founded Reimagining Opera for Kids, and she has built a niche in new music interpretation.  She will offer a workshop on approaching new opera and contemporary song.  (Executive Director)

Musical Arts Center- Bloomington, Indiana

March 31st - April 15th, 2017

Calling All Kates by Emily Goodson and Jeremy Schonfield

Marc gets dumped by his fiancé the night before the wedding spurring an online ad for anyone named Kate to join him 

on his honeymoon so he doesn't lose his deposit... (Music Director/ Narrator/ Percussionist)

Bloomington Playwrights Project - Bloomington, Indiana

March 8th, 2017

5 for Five Years Series - Walter Huff

Audition Do's and Don'ts - The ins and outs of proper headshots, resumés, and audition day etiquette with Walter Huff, Associate Professor of Music in Choral Conducting, with other 30 years with Atlanta Opera and IU Opera Theater. (Executive Director)

Simon Center- Bloomington, Indiana

January 22nd, 2017

NSAL Competition - 2017

Local Bloomington, Indiana chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters voice competition

Ford-Crawford Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

November 30th, 2016

The "X" - 2016

An evening of new vocal and operatic works with a preview of the Spring 2017 Double Bill operas (Executive Director)

Ford-Crawford Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

November 16th, 2016

5 for Five Years Series - Amy Osajima

Marketing and audeince development is not an easy task in today's market, especially in the arts.

Amy Osajima Director of Marketing and Communications at IU's Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

can help shed some light, however (Executive Director)

Simon Center- Bloomington, Indiana

November 15th, 2016

Doctoral Recital

The first of three recitals, this particular evening featuring the music of Handel, Chausson, Tosti, Finzi, and Wolf

with Wilbur Lin at the Piano

Ford-Crawford Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

October 29th - November 5th, 2016

Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim

Experience the Demon Barber of Fleet Street performed up close and personal (Music Director)

Rose Firebay at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

October 16th, 2016

5 for Five Years Series - Prof. Ursula Kuhar

A talk on operating a performance in the mass market.  Dr. Kuhar is perfectly positioned to enlighten on this subject

from her new position at IU's SPEA and her recent experience as ED of Washington Concert Opera in DC (Executive Director)

Simon Center- Bloomington, Indiana

May 5th, 2016

New Voices Opera Spring Double Bill
the 2016 Spring Double Bill will showcase two brand new one act operas: Nicolas Chuaqui's Forest of Dreams and

Maxwell Ramage's Swann's Way (Executive Director)
Buskirk-Chumley Theater - Bloomington, Indiana

February 19, 2016

And You Shall Be A Blessing by Deborah Yarchun

A public reading of the new play with music based on the life of transformative sacred Jewish

singer-songwriter, Debbie Friedman (Music Director)

Performance Pavilion- Bloomington, Indiana

 

January 29 - February 13, 2016

TOAST by Sam Carner and Derek Gregor

Another world-premire, this time of the exciting and beautfiful new electronically influenced musical TOAST (Music Director)

Bloomington Playwrights Project - Bloomington, Indiana

 

December 2, 2015

The "X" - 2015
An evening of new vocal and operatic works with a preview of the Spring 2016 Double Bill operas (Executive Director)
Ford-Crawford Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

 

October 26, 2015

NVO Music Theatre Revue
A first for New Voices Opera, an evening of cabaret style music theatre! (Executive Director and Performer)

Bloomington Playwrights Project - Bloomington, Indiana

 

October 23, 2015

NVO Music Theatre Revue
A first for New Voices Opera, an evening of cabaret style music theatre! (Executive Director and Performer)

First United Methodist Church - Columbus, Indiana

 

October 21, 2015

Interview with Jake Heggie
Benjamin will be leading a live-stremaed interview with composer Jake Heggie from Bloomington

Sweeney Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

 

July 30 - August 2, 2015

Youth Music Theatre Ensemble presents Just Grow With It an Original Musical
Members of the ensemble write, compose, and choreograph their very own musical! (Director)

Bloomington Playwrights Project - Bloomington, Indiana

 

May 8, 2015

New Voices Opera Spring Double Bill
NVO's double billing of Kimberly Osberg's Thump and Melody Eotvos' The King in Yellow (Executive Director)
Buskirk-Chumley Theather - Bloomington, Indiana

 

March 12, 2015

Impressions of Brown County
An evening of new works as a reaction to Frank Hohenberger's historic photographs of Brown County and its residents

A collaboration with New Voices Opera and the Novocane Quartet (Project Director and Performer)
Brown County Playhouse - Nashville, Indiana

 

March 10, 2015

Composition Recital with Max Ramage
Trialogue: Nature Aligns by Max Ramage for Tenor and Orchestra (Tenor Soloist)
Auer Hall, Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, Indiana

 

March 1, 2015

Mozart's Requiem
Mozart's Requiem Mass in D Minor, Matthew Latta, Conductor (Tenor Soloist)

Vincennes University's Red Skelton Performing Arts Center - Vincennes, Indiana

 

January 30-February 13, 2015

Make Me Bad by Drew Gasparini and Alex Brightman
Bloomington Playwrights Project's World Premiere of the new rock-thriller musical (Music Director)
Bloomington Playwrights Project - Bloomington, Indiana

 

December 13, 2014

16th Annual ISO Classical Christmas​
Apollo's Voice chamber ensemble in concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts - Indianapolis, Indiana

 

November 7 and 14, 2014

New Voices Opera Second Annual Fall Exhibition ​
NVO's collaborative evening of new vocal and operatic works, with a preview of the Spring 2015 Double Bill (Executive Director)
Ford-Crawford Hall, Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, Indiana (Nov 7th)

Bloomington Playwrights Project - Bloomington, Indiana (Nov 14th)

 

November 14-21, 2014

The Last Savage by Gian Carlo Menotti
Menotti's satirical commentary on American society.  Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos and Directed by Ned Canty 
Musical Arts Center, Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, Indiana

 

September 4-13, 2014

1776 by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards
The story of America's beginnings, a production with Cardinal Stage Company (James Wilson)
Buskirk-Chumley Theather - Bloomington, Indiana

 

June 19-29, 2014

Les Miserables by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Victor Hugo's epic tale of the June Rebellion, a production with Cardinal Stage Company (Combferre)
Buskirk-Chumley Theather - Bloomington, Indiana

 

May 2-3, 2014

New Voices Opera Spring Double Bill
NVO's double billing of Ezra Donner's Ile and Eric Lindsay's Cosmic Ray and the Amazing Chris (Business Manager)
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center's Whikhart Auditorium - Bloomington, Indiana

 

April 15, 2014

Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir, BWV 131 by J.S. Bach
A concert performed in conjunction with the Jacobs Symphonic Choir, Conducted by Livia Gho (Tenor Soloist)
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

April 11-19, 2014

La traviata by Giussepe Verdi
A cutting edge new production, Conducted by Joseph Rescigno and Directed by Jeffrey Buchman
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

February 28-March 8, 2014

H.M.S. Pinafore  by Gilbert and Sullivan​
G&S's first American success, Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos and Directed by Michael Shell (Ralph Rackstraw)
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

November 3, 2013

New Voices Opera First Annual Fall Exhibition 

The inaugural Fall Exhibition concert featuring three new operatic excerpts (Business Manager)
Whittenberger Auditorium - Bloomington, Indiana

 

September 29, 2013

Tower Art Series
A musical revue from the golden age favorites to the up-and-coming broadway best, Thomas Drury, Piano
Trinity United Methodist Church - Evansville, Indiana

 

September 20-28, 2013

Le nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart​
One of the classic Da Ponte libretti, Conducted by Arthur Fagen and Directed by Christopher Alexander
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

April 26-27, 2013

Intoxication: America's Love Affair with Oil by Chappel Kingsland
New Voices Opera's Innaugural production, Conducted by Carlos Botero and Directed by Lee Cromwell (President Taft)

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

April 5-13, 2013

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi 
The audience favorite inspired by Shakespeare's "Merry Wives of WIndsor," Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, and Directed by Robin Guarino

Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

March, 11 2013

Music Teacher National Association Young Artist Competition National Finals

National Finals recital competition for MTNA in Disneyland

Disneyland Convention Center - Anaheim, California

 

February 22, 2013

Master's Recital
A solo recital of Handel, Copeland, Donizetti, Schubert, and Hahn; Nicholas Dold, Piano

Evangelical Community Church - Bloomington, Indiana

 

February 17, 2013

MIsssa Sancti Gabrielis, MH 17 by Michael Haydn
A concert performance with the Jacobs Symphonic Choir, Conducted by ​Jack Templeton (Tenor Soloist
Auer Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

 

October 18-21, 2012

Die lustige Witwe by Franz Lehar
A wonderful opertta comedy updated to the 1920s, Conducted by Dale Rieling and Directed by Vincent Liotta (Kromow)
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

August 5, 2012

Tower Art Series
A solo recital of Britten, Mozart, Brahms, and Paladhile; Thomas Drury, Piano
Trinity United Methodist Church - Evansville, Indiana

 

April 27, 2012

Senior Recital
A solo recital of Mozart, Brahms, Britten, and Paladhile; Ardalan Vossoughi, Piano

Evangelical Community Church - Bloomington, Indiana

 

April 6-14, 2012

Candide by Leonard Bernstein
A hilarious social commentary still relevant for our time, Conducted by Kevin Noe and Directed by Candace Evans (Charles Edward)
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

Novemeber 11-19, 2011

La bohème by Giacomo Puccini
A masterpiece of the opera stage, Conducted by ​David Effron and Directed by Tito Capobianco
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

Novemeber 23 - October 1, 2011

Così fan tutte by W. A. Mozart
A tale of lovers and deciept, Conducted by Arthur Fagen and Directed by Tomer Zvulun
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

August 9-13, 2011

Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini and Buoso's Ghost by Michael Ching
A double bill of the last of the Trittico and it's modern sequel, Conducted by Emmanuale Andrizzi and Directed by George Cedarquist (Gherardo)

Bay View Music Festival - Petoskey, Michigan

 

April 27, 2012

Junior Recital
A solo recital of Bach, Schumann, Fauré, Vaughan Williams, Duke, and Head; Luke Norell, Piano

Evangelical Community Church - Bloomington, Indiana

 

February 25 - March 5, 2011

Faust by Charles Gounod
When you sell your soul to the Devil... beautful music happens, Conducted by ​David Effron and Directed by Tomer Zvulun
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

November 13-21, 2009

Die Zauberflöte by W. A. Mozart
Mozart's final opera, a fantastical, farcical tale, Conducted by ​Mark Gibson and Directed by Tomer Zvulun
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

January 3, 2009

Four Tenors in Concert
A Celebration of the Tenor Voice, Benfit for the Public Education Foundation of Evansville, Inc.

North High School Performing Arts Center - Evansville, Indiana

 

October 24 - November 1, 2008

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor by Otto NIcolai
A wonderfully hilariously telling of the Shakespeare comedy, Conducted by ​David Effron and Directed by Vincent Liotta
Musical Arts Center - Bloomington, Indiana

 

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