Thursday, April 18, 2019
Spring 2019 Opera Project
  Spring 2019 Opera Project  

Announcing the Collective's 2019 Spring Opera Project 

One Hundred and Twenty Years of English Musical Drama


Our spring project will begin Tuesday, January 22, 2019, culminating with performances on May 13 & 14. This being a BEMF year, the opera project will go to the Boston Early Music Festival as a fringe event with a performance at noon on Thursday, June 13.

The fully-staged project will be drawn from 120 years of English musical drama. Our study of the development of English opera will begin with songs from the Masque of Beauty (1608) and plays of Ben Jonson during the reign of James I, and will touch on the opera and semi-opera of Henry Purcell and others in fashion after the Restoration, the opera contest between John Eccles, Daniel Purcell, John Weldon and Godfrey Finger during the reign of William of Orange, ending with a look at John Gay’s ballad opera The Beggar’s Opera (1728). Our staged performances will feature scenes drawn from these works.

On Tuesday, January 22, instrumentalists and vocalists will gather in the 2nd-floor lounge to read through various pieces; concurrently, solo singers will be pulled out to audition in our 3rd-floor space. Please prepare a song or aria from 17th or early 18th-century England. Contact Grant [; 917-837-6566] with any questions.

The Collective meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00 PM at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 308 West 46th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), 2nd Floor Lounge (buzz "18" on the intercom).

Tuition for the semester will be $400