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The August Project

Lindsey Blackhurst

It's a summer of NEW WORK, and I'm thrilled to be part of this one, too!

These are two new chamber operas written by Robert J. Bradshaw.  I am singing in PLASTIC and stage directing Deus Ex Machina.  It's been really fun to dive into new pieces and dissect their musicality and also try to get into the psychological head space of these characters and stories.  What a blast! 

Plus - I'm singing and working with WONDERFUL colleagues and it's just plain a good time.  I appreciate everyone's dedication, hard work, and collaboration.  Come see us!!

AND (Yes, there's more!) I get to collaborate again with Tom Slot, who directed and wrote the show I did I June.  What a joy!

August 29th, 3:30 pm, St. Michael's Church (225 W. 99th Street, New York, NY)


Searching for Connections - New Work by Tom Slot

Lindsey Blackhurst

I'm thrilled to be involved in both NEW MUSIC and musical theatre!  I haven't done either in a long time.  It's been wonderful to work with Tom Slot again, having worked with and met him first doing a reading of his musical Father of Songs in 2009.

Tom's work is interesting, poetic, humorous, poignant and toe-tapping.  These pieces are no exception!  They are snippets from three of his new musicals, Dream 70 (a setting of A Midsummer Night's Dream moved to the 1970s), Girls Can't Be Superheroes (a children's musical about, yes!, a superhero who is a girl!), and Father of Songs (a rock musical based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice).  

The cast is great fun and music is great!  Come on out and see us perform for one night only! - June 20, 7:30 pm.


Popera Concert with The Riverside Opera Company

Lindsey Blackhurst

Lindsey is looking forward to singing with the Riverside Opera Company in their Popera Concert, November 16th at 8 pm.   It's a varied program with opera, light opera, and pop selections, so it should make for an interesting evening!  

Lindsey's selections include "Der hölle Rache," "Poor Wandering One," and the duet "La ci darem." 

Come on out to Staten Island and enjoy the concert! 

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Summer is officially here!

Lindsey Blackhurst

Among the heat waves of New York City, I have been enjoying having time to learn much music, do a lot of Bikram yoga,  and focus on my summer trip!

I am spending the remainder of July  and the first part of August in Europe, enjoying friends and singing for a couple conductors (one in Germany, the other in Norway).  In between those adventures, I'll be singing fantastic music with the a capella group Umbrian Serenades in Spoleto, Italy.  Delightful!   Joseph Flummerfelt will conduct, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to sing great music with him at the helm.  My colleague and friend Pamela Simpson is one of the associate conductors of the group, and it will also be a joy to sing with her.   Check out the website www.umbrianserenades.com!

In late August, I'll be performing "Konstanze" in a concert version of Mozart's Die Entfürhung aus dem Serail .  It's been good motivation to work on the role and will be nice to come home to more music!

Enjoy the heat, as much and possible and soak up the feeling of summer freedom!

Upcoming Fundraising Rectial and Campaign

Lindsey Blackhurst

Come one, come all!!!

Mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg and I will be presenting a recital in June to raise money for the wonderful organization Pencils of Promise. http://www.pencilsofpromise.org

In partnership with the Bronxville School, we are looking to raise money for Pencil of Promise's effort to build a preschool in Laos.  We are therefore launching a campaign through Idiegogo. 

ere are some more fantastic details:

We will be performing at 440 Studios in their White Box Space at 440 Layfayette Street on JUNE 8 at 8:00 pm.

epertoire in this concert will be thrilling!  It will feature a string quartet and a set of three duets written for Catherine and me with the string quartet.  Will Healy (willhealymusic.com) composed the music and is using text that I wrote many years ago.

Catherine and I will also be singing some individual sets of music, including Chausson's Chanson Perpetuelle, Bernstein's "Dream with Me," songs by Richard Strauss, and much more!  Lloyd Arriola will be playing piano and music directing.  It's sure to be amazing!

Everything we earn over the minimal costs will go directly to Pencils of Promise to give young children the chance to have an education, something we take for granted in this country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springing Forward

Lindsey Blackhurst

I love this season, and although it doesn't officially begin until next Wednesday, I am in Dallas, TX for the American Choral Director's Association's National Conference and the trees are blooming and I ate a beautiful lunch in the grass with 80 degree weather this afternoon!  So I'll go ahead and be excited about growth and new flowers and all the life-implications that go right along with it.

Winter closed with a great Gala Concert to help raise money for Opera Avanti and then moved swiftly into March with successful run of Suor Angelica with Regina Opera and a reading of recently-learned "Giulietta" in Bellini's Capuleti ed i Montecchi with Susan Morton's Sing-Through Central.  

I am currently directing and music directing my students' show (Guys and Dolls this year!) and looking forward to the next project.  Stay tuned!!

Upcoming Events

Lindsey Blackhurst

Ringing in 2013!

The year is off and running already!  

In February, she is singing in a Master Class with Scott Barnes at Opera America with fellow students of Claudia Friedlander.

    Acting coach and auditions strategist Scott Barnes leads a master class in dramatic interpretation for singers.

   Now that the HD revolution havs taken hold, with stage directors being hired more and more frequently from the worlds of theater and film, it is more vital than ever that opera singers really know how to act. A master class environment provides the opportunity to see "your" issues on "other" singers: whether they be technical, dramatic, or presentational.

    This Master Class features singers from the voice studio of Claudia Friedlander. Auditors are welcome, but seating is limited. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; advance tickets may be purchased at http://actingforoperasingers.brownpapertickets.com/.

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March, 2013 is time for a quick run with the nuns of Suor Angelica and Regina Opera, followed quickly by her April production of Bronxville Middle School's musical (April)

Plans are in the works for May/June for a recital with the incomparable mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, featuring string musicians and a new set of songs written by William Healy.

July and August are still settling in, but hopes are high for several concerts of "Konstanze" in Die Enftührung aus dem Serail, choral singing in Italy, and a trip to Germany.   Stay posted for more news soon!