UCR Music - An Evening of Micro-Operas: A Workshop Performance

UCR Department of Music

An Evening of Micro-Operas:
A Workshop Performance

Dana Kaufman, Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Composition
Jonathan Keplinger, piano accompanist 
Kirsten Ashley Wiest, soprano
Emily Kerrigan, mezzo-soprano
Elias Berezin, tenor
Andrew Walker, baritone     

A doctor's existential life crises! Emily Dickinson! Bickering left and right hands! A dark forest! Chicago blues! Romance and heartache! Where can you find all this? At An Evening of Micro-Operas: A Workshop Performance.

World premieres of student mini-operas that explore and push the boundaries of operatic tradition. Featuring a multitude of operatic genres - from video game music, to music featuring electronics, to bel canto opera, to musical theatre.

Please join us for this evening of new works - performed by professional vocalists, pianist Jonathan Keplinger, violinist/conductor Anna Emilova, and soprano Gisele Njoh Njoh, with stage direction by Kimberly Guerrero - by librettists/composers Alena Kutumian, Gisele Njoh Njoh, Jason Tse, Vanessa Walton, Cameron Westmoreland, and Andy Yu. The concert is free and open to the public.

December 5, 2019
Monday, 8:00 pm
Performance Lab, ARTS 166

Free and open to the public.
Though admission is free, a ticket is required. One ticket per person will be distributed at the venue one hour before the concert. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking: Complimentary permits available at the Information Kiosk Booth until 8:00 pm

Information: (951) 827-3245 
performingarts@ucr.edu  www.music.ucr.edu

• View the Fall 2019 Season here .


1. The Forest Went Dark
Music and Libretto by Jason Tse

Unknown.....Kirsten Ashley Wiest, soprano
Beast.....Andrew Dana Walker, baritone
Anna Emilova Sivova, conductor

2. Stillness in the Air
Music and Book by Vanessa Walton
Based on the Writings of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson.....Gisele Njoh Njoh, soprano
Anna Emilova Sivova, violin
Jonathan Keplinger, piano

3. Business with the Blues
Music and Lyrics by Andy Yu

Miles.....Elias Berezin, tenor
Buddy.....Andrew Dana Walker, baritone
Jonathan/Pianist.....Jonathan Keplinger
Anna Emilova Sivova, conductor

4. Beloved
Music and Libretto by Gisele Njoh Njoh

Cassie.....Emily Kerrigan, mezzo-soprano 
Rodney.....Elias Berezin, tenor  
Jonathan Keplinger, piano
Anna Emilova Sivova, conductor

5. The Doc Box
Music and Book by Alena Kutumian  

Dr. Jeremiah Bushmel.....Elias Berezin, tenor   
Anna Emilova Sivova, violin
 Jonathan Keplinger, piano

6. Manual Labor
Music and Book by Cameron Westmoreland

Right Hand Choir.....Kirsten Ashley Wiest, soprano
Left Hand.....Emily Kerrigan, mezzo-soprano
Right Hand.....Elias Berezin, tenor
Left Hand Choir.....Andrew Dana Walker, baritone  
Jonathan Keplinger, piano
Anna Emilova Sivova, conductor

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Arts Building, Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Arts Building, Riverside, CA 92507

Event Type

Arts, Music & Concerts


Faculty & Staff, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students, General Public


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