Here Comes the Bride: Meet Leah Partridge, soprano

Soprano Leah Partridge is no stranger to an operatic mad scene. This week, in her On Site Opera debut, she adds another crazy character to her repertoire: Miss Havisham, literature’s most famous jilted bride. We chatted with Leah about her approach to operatic madness and what makes Miss Havisham a little
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Holding Court with Cleopatra: Meet Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert returns to On Site Opera to portray one of history’s greatest and most enigmatic rulers! We caught up with Blythe to see what she’s been up to since quacking her way into audience’s hearts as Auntie Duck in OSO’s inaugural production of The Tale of the Silly
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Here comes the bride: Meet Jeni Houser, soprano

We first meet Susanna on the morning of her wedding to Figaro. She’s young, in love, and getting ready for the most important day of her life! Unfortunately for Susanna, it’s not going to be smooth sailing, and she’s got a crazy day ahead of her! We talked with soprano
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Fast talk with Figaro: Jesse Blumberg, baritone

At the center of the Figaro Trilogy is Beaumarchais’ eponymous barber and jack-of-all-trades. Baritone Jesse Blumberg takes up the shears for the second installment of the trilogy: Marcos Portugal’s The Marriage of Figaro. We talked with Jesse about his favorite operatic moments and his craziest musical memories.  Jesse Blumberg as Figaro at
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Catching up with Cherubino: Melissa Wimbish, soprano

We are thrilled to welcome soprano Melissa Wimbish back to On Site Opera! Last seen as the mischievous Baby Mouse in our 2012 inaugural production, Melissa now returns as the naughty pageboy Cherubino in Marcos Portugal’s The Marriage of Figaro. We talked with Melissa about her favorite operatic moments and
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Chitchat with the Countess: Camille Zamora, soprano

When we last saw Rosina, Count Almaviva was whisking her away from the confines of Bartolo’s house. Now married to the Count, she resides in his palace and has a whole new set of obstacles and challenges that greet her! Soprano Camille Zamora (Pygmalion, 2014) returns to On Site Opera as the
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On Site Opera & The Atlanta Opera announce 2017 site-specific co-production of Mozart’s “The Secret Gardener”

 On Site Opera announces a partnership with The Atlanta Opera’s Discoveries Series to bring Mozart’s The Secret Gardener (La finta giardiniera) to life in a new site-specific co-production. Performances, which will take place in the spring of 2017, mark a bi-city first for both companies. Written by an 18-year-old Mozart,
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Candid Conversation with the Count: Meet David Blalock

Every great opera needs a tenor, and Barber is no exception. Paisiello’s love-struck Count Almaviva stops at nothing to get his girl. Making his New York debut with On Site Opera as the ardent Count is rising star tenor, David Blalock. We spoke to David about the excitement of performing in intimate spaces
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Airing Don Basilio’s Dirty Laundry: Meet Isaiah Musik-Ayala

Lying. Cheating. Vocalises… All in a day’s work for Don Basilio, Rosina’s slimy music teacher. From spreading rumors to happily accepting bribes, Basilio works the plot from all angles. Bass-baritone Isaiah Musik-Ayala couldn’t be more different than his character. We caught up with this down-to-earth singer to find out some
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Through the window with Rosina: Meet Monica Yunus

From the young cunning ward to the conflicted Countess later in the trilogy, Rosina is arguably one of the most complex roles in opera. We first meet our heroine through Bartolo’s window, and it is from that same window that the Count and Figaro try to rescue her. We caught
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Barbershop Talk with Figaro: Meet Andrew Wilkowske

At the center of On Site Opera’s The Barber of Seville is our very own barber: baritone Andrew Wilkowske! Andrew (and his guitar) will be making his On Site Opera debut as Paisiello’s poet-turned-barber. We caught up with him to find out his thoughts on all things Figaro — including who
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Meet the Artist: Geoffrey McDonald, OSO’s Music Director

On Site Opera is proud to announce Geoffrey McDonald as our Music Director. An exciting conductor and musician in high-demand, Geoffrey is equally at home in the concert hall, the non-traditional opera venue, or performing in his “eccentric chamber pop” band, Miracles of Modern Science. We’d love for you to get to
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Meet Cupid’s Graces: Games and Laughter

“I was inspired to use the classical structure of the minuet while infusing contemporary forms.” –Choreographer Jordan Isadore on his work in Pygmalion. We are excited to bring you a sneak peek from rehearsal of Jordan’s choreography! In this clip, Cupid’s Graces, Games and Laughter (played by Jordan Isadore and Eloise
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Conversing with the conductor: Meet Jennifer Peterson

At the musical helm of OSO’s production of Rameau’s Pygmalion is conductor and harpsichordist Jennifer Peterson. With just a week until opening night, we sat down with Jennifer to learn a bit more about early music. OSO: Your company, operamission, is currently in the midst of producing all of Handel’s operas.
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Chattin’ with Cupid: Meet soprano Justine Aronson

Lost and confused about his feelings for his Statue, Pygmalion prays to Venus for help. The goddess of love sends Cupid to bring the Statue to life…but not before having a little fun first. Soprano Justine Aronson will play L’Amour, the frisky cherub, in this month’s production of Rameau’s Pygmalion.
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