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Rhymes With Opera Record Release: “Red Giant”
August 1, 2022
Rhymes With Opera (RWO) announces its final season, celebrating the company’s history of commissioning and performing new opera since its founding in 2007. RWO’s 15th season will feature a special live retrospective concert at The Flea Theater in New York City, an online Cyber Salon, and the release of the studio cast album of Red Giant, their most recent production. For tickets and more information, visit www.rhymeswithopera.org.
Record Release: “Red Giant”
August 1, 2022
Available On All Streaming Platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and YouTube Music
As part of the farewell season, RWO will release its second studio cast album – the sci-fi chamber opera Red Giant(music by Adam Matlock and libretto by Brian Slattery). RWO first performed Red Giant in January 2014 as a fully staged touring production that saw performances in Baltimore, Brooklyn, and Jersey City. As part of its 2021-22 season, which was produced amidst pandemic restrictions, RWO created a revival production of Red Giant. For this special live online production, the three ensemble singers rehearsed and performed live from separate locations across the east coast. This studio cast recording from this production marks the second record released by RWO and features instrumentalists Tia Allen (viola), Zach Herchen (saxophone), Christopher Wilson (piano), Thomas Lai (violin), Maiko Hosoda (percussion), and Jenna Girone-Virgilio (cello). The album was mastered by Rhymes With Orchestra saxophonist Zach Herchen and produced by RWO’s co-artistic director and founding member Robert Maril.
Founded in 2007, Rhymes With Opera includes founding company members Ruby Fulton (composer); Elisabeth Halliday-Quan (soprano); George Tsz-Kwan Lam (composer); Bonnie Lander (soprano); and Robert Maril (baritone). RWO commissions and produces new chamber operas written specifically for the RWO ensemble, including a roster of musicians that form the Rhymes With Orchestra. Recent productions include Rumpelstiltskin (music by Ruby Fulton and George Lam, libretto by John Clum), The Impossible She (music and libretto by Daniel Thomas Davis), and Red Giant(music by Adam Matlock, libretto by Brian Slattery).