There have been two distinct reactions from people when I tell them that VTOP is presenting an opera about three Swedish explorers who attempted to reach the North Pole via hot air balloon. Both could be described as amazement but in entirely different ways. One is that a song cycle could be written about such an unlikely subject and could it possibly be any good and one is that a song cycle could be written about such an unusual subject and that sounds really interesting.
I will admit that when I first heard of The Andrée Expedition from our director Cynthia Stokes, who was then directing it for her own company San Diego City Opera, that I was in the first camp: someone wrote an opera about what?!? I couldn’t imagine how it could be a compelling story. And then I heard it. And I learned a bit more about what S.A. Andrée, Nils Strindberg, and Knut Fraenkel endured and I realized it was a gorgeous and intensely compelling story of three brave and crazy men.
There are ways to hear it via YouTube. I would recommend this recording with Bengt Norfers singing. I have listed other books and will continue to write on this.
I invite you to listen and enjoy this wonderful piece!
The Vermont Opera Project is actively seeking enthusiastic, experienced board members to help guide the organization as it grows.
Our Mission and Goals:
To bring new and rarely performed operas to unexpected locations in Vermont.
Our long term goals are to establish a summer festival season which includes one or more fully staged opera productions and several concerts around Vermont.
Established in 2015, VTOP’s debut concert was “An afternoon of American Song” featuring Soprano Suzanne Kantorski, Clarinetist Wesley Christensen, and Baritone Darik Knutsen at the College of St Joseph, which was enthusiastically received.
In August 2016, we collaborated with the Vermont Marble Museum as well as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra to create Orpheus and Euridice. It was a huge success with Jim Lowe of the Rutland Times Argus calling it a “fascinating” and “a beautiful animated classic painting with music”.
Orpheus and Euridice also toured to the National Gallery of Art where the Washington Post declared the action “a mix of the ceremonial and the coltish” and “This ‘Orpheus’ is a remarkably unified work… (the) direction and choreography were also well balanced, as was the excellent instrumental ensemble.”
The Board of Directors currently includes successful business owners, entrepreneurs, artists, and non-profit leaders. We are looking for professionals with a love of opera and a desire to help grow a vibrant young company.
We need you if:
Would you like to know more about VTOP? We invite you to visit our website at VTOperaProject.com, see our active social media profile on Facebook and twitter as well as videos of our work on our YouTube Channel by visiting https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR6yLDu87ZPcgN83Sk-XiaQ
We are looking to expand the size and scope of our board of directors by May 1. If you would like an application, please contact General Director Quincy Bruckerhoff.