Trinity Wall Street presents Operas “Artemisia” and “Susanna”

March 5–9, 2019
St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway and Fulton Street
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, NOVUS NY, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra
Free

Continuing the commitment to amplifying the voices of female artists across multiple mediums, this year’s Time’s Arrow festival juxtaposes old and new stories of the biblical figure Susanna. Exploring sensitive themes of our time, the festival includes the fully staged world premiere of the new opera Artemisia (composer Laura Schwendinger, librettist Ginger Strand and Stage Director Christopher Alden) and concerts of Handel’s Susanna as Trinity continues its presentation of the composer’s oratorios. Artemisia tells the story of the Baroque artist who portrayed herself as Susanna in her famous painting Susanna and the Elders.

 

March 5, 2019 at 1pm
Time’s Arrow

George Frideric Handel Susanna, Part the First

In its third installment of the Handel Project, Trinity presents Handel’s oratorio Susanna, which explores the biblical story of a blameless young woman who stood strong in the truth when faced with threats of sexual violence and false accusations of promiscuity that carried the punishment of the death penalty.

Lauren Snouffer – Susanna
John Holiday – Joachim
Paul An – Chelsias
Molly Netter – Daniel
Oliver Mercer – First Elder
Christopher Burchett – Second Elder
Steven Hrycelak – Judge
Melissa Attebury – An Attendant
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; The Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Julian Wachner, conductor


March 7, 2019 at 1pm
Time’s Arrow

George Frideric Handel Susanna, Part the Second
Lauren Snouffer – Susanna
John Holiday – Joachim
Paul An – Chelsias
Molly Netter – Daniel
Oliver Mercer – First Elder
Christopher Burchett – Second Elder
Steven Hrycelak – Judge
Melissa Attebury – An Attendant
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; The Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Julian Wachner, conductor


March 7, 2019 at 7pm
Time’s Arrow

Laura Elise Schwendinger Artemisia

Trinity presents the staged world premiere of Laura Schwendinger’s Artemisia, an opera exploring the life of the famed 17th-century female Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi who explored trauma through her art, depicting herself as Susanna in her painting Susanna and the Elders.

Heather Buck – Susanna
Augusta Caso – Artemisia Gentileschi
Oliver Mercer – Agostino Tassi/Elder 1
Christopher Burchett – Cosimo di Medici/Elder 2/Oculist
Richard Troxell – Tomasso
NOVUS NY
Laura Schwendinger – composer
Ginger Strand – librettist
Christopher Alden – stage director
James Smith – assistant director
Lidiya Yankovskaya – conductor
Zachary Goodman – assistant conductor
Ika Avaliani – set and costume design
Kelly Ruth Cole – production and stage manager
Mason Fick – assistant production and stage manager
Amith Chandrashaker, lighting design


March 8, 2019 at 1pm
Time’s Arrow

Pipes at One
Janet Yieh, organ

Trinity’s Associate Organist Janet Yieh performs a recital of solo and chamber works reflecting the Time’s Arrow theme, by composers Rachel Laurin, Florence Price, Amy Beach, Clara Schumann, and others.


March 8, 2019 at 8pm
Time’s Arrow

Lagrime Mei

Lagrime Mei explores the female perspective in composition, particularly the raw evocation of emotion heard in the music of the famous baroque artist Barbara Strozzi, who broke through gender barriers to become the most successful composer of secular vocal music in Venice in her time. Works by Strozzi and several of her contemporaries are paired with world premieres of Trinity-commissioned works focusing on empowering female voices. With world premieres by Jessica Meyer, Doug Balliett, Molly Joyce, and Alyssa Weinberg.

Molly Netter, soprano
Melissa Baker, flute
Katie Hyun, violin
Ezra Seltzer, cello
Avi Stein, harpsichord
Jiji, guitar


March 9, 2019 at 1pm
Time’s Arrow

George Frideric Handel Susanna, Part the Third
Lauren Snouffer – Susanna
John Holiday – Joachim
Paul An – Chelsias
Molly Netter – Daniel
Oliver Mercer – First Elder
Christopher Burchett – Second Elder
Steven Hrycelak – Judge
Melissa Attebury – An Attendant
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street; The Trinity Baroque Orchestra; Julian Wachner, conductor


March 9, 2019 at 7pm
Time’s Arrow

Laura Elise Schwendinger Artemisia
Heather Buck – Susanna
Augusta Caso – Artemisia Gentileschi
Oliver Mercer – Agostino Tassi/Elder 1
Christopher Burchett – Cosimo di Medici/Elder 2
Richard Troxell – Tomasso/Occulist
NOVUS NY
Laura Schwendinger – composer
Ginger Strand – librettist
Christopher Alden – stage director
James Smith – assistant director
Lidiya Yankovskaya – conductor
Zachary Goodman – assistant conductor
Ika Avaliani – scenic, lighting, and costume designer
Kelly Ruth Cole – production and stage manager
Mason Fick – assistant production and stage manager
Amith Chandrashaker, lighting design

 

4 thoughts on “Trinity Wall Street presents Operas “Artemisia” and “Susanna”

  1. Moses Herzog

    If I am understanding correctly it’s very cool they are offering this for FREE. My favorite word in the English language. I told that “Dad joke” to my Chinese students many times. I think they “got it” but still didn’t think it was funny.

    I think the early afternoon Friday show is the one I would be interested in, as I like organ music much more than operatic stuff. On the website it appears to be saying they will do a LIVE webcast on the home website and on Facebook. I don’t have Facebook, so….. hopefully the one on the home website will be a nice stream. You know a supreme moocher like me will be tuning in early Friday. Detroit Symphony used to do a FREE webcast quite often that was high quality but I’m not sure if they offer that anymore.

    THANKS for the heads up Menzie!!!!

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    1. Menzie Chinn Post author

      Not Trampis: I’d have to ask my wife for the technical description, but I’d say it’s a hybrid of opera seria and opera verismo, since part takes in dream state (referring back to Susanna and the Elders) and part to the “present” time of 1500s.

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    2. Moses Herzog

      @ Not Trampis
      This blog post is high culture of deep aesthetic value, no Aussie enquiries allowed. At least not until you admit Texas is better at barbeque, and that Florida geckos make better domestic pets than Australian geckos. In return for this concession, we will send you our nation’s “President” in a 6′ x 6′ x 6′ pinewood box with a small air-hole and a medium sized jar of mayonnaise with a plastic spoon taped to the side of the jar, to arrive by ocean freight. This smelly, loud, and orange-colored mammal will be shipped from Washington DC (via Baltimore) to Brisbane in no sooner than 68 days. If this strange and annoying mammal seems lifeless upon arrival in Brisbane we have no further need to discuss anything of it.

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