Author Archives: Arlene Elkins

Press Release: OPERA America Awards First-Ever IDEA Opera Grants For Composers and Librettists of Color

OPERA America has awarded the inaugural cycle of IDEA Opera Grants (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) to composer Kui Dong and librettist Monica Datta for Hu Tong (Narrow Alley) and composer Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei and librettists Mina Salehpour and Yashar Saghai for The Veil. The grants are designed to support…

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by Arlene Elkins , 6 days ago

Press Release: White Snake Projects’ I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams Wows Critics, While Cerise Jacobs and Julian Wachner’s REV. 23 Receives New Production at Prototype Festival (Jan 17-18)

Carla López-Speziale and Helen Zhibing Huang in I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams (photo: Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films) Following a chorus of critical praise for creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs and composer Jorge Sosa’s immigrant-themed opera, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, Jacobs’s opera…

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by Arlene Elkins , 1 month ago

Activist Blog: “We All Have Learning to Do”

by Abby Nordan Members of the Boston Children’s Chorus sing the “Pledge of Allegiance” during I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. Photo by Kathy Wittman/Ball Square Films. I can’t think of any recent moment in which I have been more moved than I was while watching the premiere…

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 months ago

A Note From Dreamer Director Elena Araoz

This opera about immigrants is deeply and entirely American. In some ways, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams seems to leap directly onto the stage from today’s headlines. Our design for this premiere production evokes the inhospitable institutions that immigrants face as they are rounded up, detained…

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 months ago

Q+A with Jorge Sosa

Composer Jorge Sosa was all set to work with White snake Projects on the opera, Monkey: A Kung Fu Parable when President Trump revoked the DACA act. He and Cerise put Monkey aside and started work on I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams.

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 months ago

Q+A with Maria Sensi Sellner

Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner took a break from rehearsal to answer a few of our questions about her pre-performance rituals and more! Q: What led you to pursue a career in music? I actually did not, at first! I was involved in musical activities from a very early…

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 months ago

Q+A with Kirsten Chambers

Soprano Kirsten Chambers has her hands full in I Am A Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams, playing the gangsters who threaten Singa and Rosa’s families, their mothers, and Rosa’s prosecutor. Kirsten took a break from juggling so many roles to talk about being in Dreamer. Q: How do you…

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 months ago

Q+A with Isis and Amy

Interview by Abby Nordan On this day three years ago, my friends and I sat in the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre for the world premiere of Gilgamesh. After months of rehearsing and workshopping and preparing, we and our choir, the…

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 months ago

Q+A with Carla López-Speziale

Mezzo-soprano Carla López-Speziale plays Rosa, the titular Dreamer in I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. We caught up with Carla during rehearsals and talked to her about her character, yoga, and more. Q: If you had to swap roles with another member of the production, who would…

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 months ago

Q+A with Helen Zhibing Huang

Soprano Helen Zhibing Huang is a White Snake Projects veteran, having previously sung in workshops for Gilgamesh and REV. 23, as well as writing the song “I Can’t Understand a Word You’re Saying” alongside composer Michele Cheng for SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices. She is now performing in our…

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by Arlene Elkins , 3 months ago

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