Author Archives: Arlene Elkins

Press Release: White Snake Projects Announces Community Songwriting Project SING OUT STRONG Immigrant Voices

Creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs and her production company, White Snake Projects, are proud to announce the launch of the new multi-year community engagement initiative SING OUT STRONG, which will foster the creation of new songs on themes arising from the company’s mainstage operas. The inaugural edition of the…

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by Arlene Elkins , 2 weeks ago

Activist Blog: Thoughts About Dreamer

by Abby, 16 Stories about Dreamers have dominated headlines in recent months due to the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration. We are bombarded with statistics and it becomes nearly impossible to pick out the truth from the mess of “alternative facts”. One day, the public will be uplifted by the…

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by Arlene Elkins , 2 months ago

Dreamer Workshop Thoughts From the BCC

A few months ago, we held the first workshop for I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams with the full cast, including the Boston Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Jason Holmes. After the workshop, Jason had them reflect on the opera. This what they said. As you continue…

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by Arlene Elkins , 2 months ago

Press Release: Creator and Librettist Cerise Jacobs Teams with Composer Jorge Sosa for Immigrant Opera, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams

The newest project from creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs takes on an unusually topical subject for opera: immigration. For her new opera, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, the “intrepid and artistically ambitious” (Opera magazine) Jacobs teams up with composer Jorge Sosa to tell the story of an undocumented Mexican immigrant,…

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 months ago

Opera America to Launch New Grant Initiative for Composers and Librettists of Color

IDEA Opera Grant Program (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Opens in 2019 Media Contact: Patricia Kiernan Johnson 212.796.8628 (office) | 856.419.7083 (mobile) PKJohnson@operaamerica.org Generously supported by the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation January 8, 2019 (New York) — OPERA America, the national service organization…

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by Arlene Elkins , 4 months ago

Activist Blog: “Brain Power of Students”

by Abby Nordan, age 16 In a rapidly evolving world, opera remains a powerfully timeless form of expression. PermaDeath took themes of classic opera as its vehicle to capture modern ideas that captivate today’s youth; one such theme that comes to mind is mortality. Young people like myself who have grown…

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by Arlene Elkins , 4 months ago

Activist Blog: “I Am Not Your Typical Opera Patron”

by Kendall, age 16 I am not your typical opera patron. I’m a sophomore in high school, and although I often profess my love for musical theatre, it is in reference to the works of Lin-Manuel Miranda as opposed those of Verdi and Puccini. Opera rarely invites young people into…

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by Arlene Elkins , 4 months ago

Cerise Jacobs premieres “Madame White Snake” in Hong Kong in spring 2019 

For immediate release                                                                                           Contact Glenn Petry (212) 625 2038 Cerise Jacobs premieres “Madame White Snake” in Hong Kong in spring 2019 gpetry@21cmediagroup.com On Heels of Triumphant PermaDeath Premiere, Creator and Librettist Cerise Jacobs Announces Hong Kong Premiere of  Pulitzer Prize-Winning Opera Madame White Snake   PermaDeath (photo credit: Kathy…

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by Arlene Elkins , 5 months ago

Dress Rehearsal Videos

Composer Dan Visconti took a few videos during this week’s dress rehearsals. …

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by Arlene Elkins , 7 months ago

PermaDeath on Boston 25 News

Segment originally aired September 25, 2018 on Boston 25 News.

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by Arlene Elkins , 7 months ago

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