Fresh Squeezed Opera presents the fourth installment of The Female Gaze, an ongoing project curated by FSO Director, Jillian Flexner. The program will showcase the world premieres of three distinct compositions, each written for female voice, chamber ensemble, and electronics. Barbara will perform Gabrielle Herbst’s piece, “First Lady of the Air.”
New Camerata Opera presents a double-bill of Venus and Adonis and Savitri: two works that feature strong women at the heart of their stories.
John Blow's Venus and Adonis was originally a masque for the entertainment of King Charles II. The work was the first to have been written by a female librettist, Anne Finch, and tells the tale of Venus and the demise of her lover, Adonis. Barbara will sing the role of Venus.
Based on an episode in the Mahabharata, Gustav Holst's Savitri was innovative in its day and still mesmerizes. This production will honor the Indian culture which gave us this story and feature singers of South Asian heritage.
Directed by Jennifer Williams, with Music Direction by Stephan Fillare
Performances are 11/29 and 12/1 at 7:30pm, 12/2 at 2:00pm. Click here to purchase tickets.
New Camerata Opera presents the New York premiere of DIVIDE LIGHT! Barbara is thrilled to be a part of this dynamic ensemble cast.
Lesley Dill, one of the most prominent American artists working at the intersection of language, performance and fine art, has paired with composer Richard Marriott, Artistic Director and Founder of the acclaimed Clubfoot Orchestra, to create DIVIDE LIGHT - a new opera based on the text of Emily Dickinson.
With lavish costumes and striking projections, Dill says that DIVIDE LIGHT “is a story of the journey of the heart and soul. The story of the music, costumes, and video projections follow an arc of emotional metaphor: from Vulnerability, to Anguish, to Thoughtfulness, to Loneliness and Death, to Exultation, Exhilaration, Ecstasy and Immensity.”
Performances are 4/26 & 4/28 at 8pm, 4/29 at 3pm. Purchase tickets here.
Barbara is thrilled to sing the role of Monica in Menotti's The Medium with New Camerata Opera. The second half of the program is a Cabaret Macabre, featuring staged art songs by Poulenc, Brahms, and more. Come to the House of Yes, and be haunted.... Only two performances: October 13th & 14th, 7pm. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door.
As part of the Composers Now Festival, Barbara Porto will join forces with pianist Ariel Jacobs to bring life to newly composed songs that focus on the theme of challenging authority. The duo will perform works by Libby Larsen, Greg Houston, Abraham Z. Morrison, Mavis Pan, and Ivonne Paredes. $10 admission at the door.
Barbara performs the role of Juliette Vermont, the Bohemian dancer, in New Camerata Opera's production of The Count of Luxembourg and Other Tales in the company's inaugural season. Four performances: October 21, 22, 28, & 29, 8pm.
Ms. Porto is thrilled to make her debut with The Curiosity Cabinet, a new music collective, in a concert of new works inspired by Arnold Schoenberg's groundbreaking Pierrot Lunaire. Barbara will premiere Rebekah Driscoll's Apart/ment, a song cycle for 4 voices, alto flute, bass clarinet, cello, and piano.
Barbara returns to Apollo Opera to sing Denise in Jacques Offenbach's one-act operetta, Le Mariage aux Lanternes. A double-bill evening, the operetta will be showcased along with Telemann's Pimpinone. Both works will be performed in English with piano accompaniment.
Barbara will perform as Susanna in selections from W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.