TESLA – OPERA America New Works Forum
January 14 | 1:30 PM
National Opera Center
330 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001
AOP returns to OPERA America’s New Works Forum with a new work-in-progress being created by three iconclastic artists – Phil Kline, Jim Jarmusch, and Robert Wilson. Tesla will simultaneously embrace and break operatic conventions to create a theatrical “portrait” as visionary as its subject, Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla, whose ideas and discoveries were, at times, too fantastical to be believed, let alone understood.
Alan Pierson conducts ACME in a concert reading of scenes from the opera. Performances by Ryland Angel, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, and James Harrington.
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Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano, is a member of the world renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4. She has recorded twelve award-winning CD’s with the group, including American Angels which twice topped Billboard’s classical music charts, and The Cherry Tree, one of the top selling classical CDs of 2010. Anonymous 4′s collaboration with composer Christopher Tin, singing the Irish lament “Caoineadh” on his album “Calling All Dawns”, with Jacqueline as featured soloist, led to a Grammy for Best Classical Music Crossover Album.
In addition to her work with Anonymous 4 she has a reputation as a versatile and accomplished soloist, specializing in early and new music. She has appeared with many early music ensembles both in Europe and the US, including The Washington Bach Consort DC, The Bach Sinfonia, Carmel Bach Festival,St Thomas Church NYC, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity Lutheran NYC, The Baltimore Consort, Armonia Nova,The Folger Consort, Parthenia, Sonnambula, Abendmusik and The Sixteen. Repertoire includes the alto solos in Bach Magnificat, St Matthew and St John Passions, B Minor Mass and many cantatas, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Durufle Requiem, Paine Mass in D and songs from the Elizabethan era for Parthenia’s acclaimed program When Music and Sweet Poetry Agree.
Her work in new music has led to collaborations with composers Judith Weir, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio, Orlando Gough, Richard Einhorn, Andrew Toovey, Andrew Lovett, Louis Conti, Daniel Thomas Davis, Gregory Spears and David Lang, singing with such distinguished new music ensembles such as Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Ensemble Intercontemporian Paris, Singcircle, Continuum, Ixion, Dogs of Desire and the Locrian Chamber Ensemble. She has premiered roles in several operas, including Bacchant in THE BACCHAE (John Buller) for English National Opera London, Monk in GAWAIN (Sir Harrison Birtwistle) for The Royal Opera Covent Garden, Jeannie in THE JUNIPER TREE (Andrew Toovey) for Broomhill International Opera , Jackie Kennedy in JACKIE K (Andrew Lovett) for English National Opera Contemporary Opera Studio, Eliza Doolittle/Scheherazade in THE LOATHLY LADY (Paul Richards) at University of Pennsylvania and Bleiddwen in WOLF-IN-SKINS, an opera ballet by Gregory Spears and choreographer Christopher Williams for American Opera Projects. She also premiered the mezzo solos in Richard Einhorn’s new oratorio THE ORIGIN, based on the life of Charles Darwin at SUNYOswego, and in Irish composer Philip Hammond’s REQUIEM FOR THE TITANIC, a performance that was broadcast live from St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast throughout the whole of Ireland.She is currently singing the role of Katherine in an opera in development, TESLA, by composer Phil Kline and film-maker Jim Jarmusch, directed by Robert Wilson and recently performed excerpts from the piece at the Winnipeg New Music Festival and in New York with American Opera Projects.
Jacqueline is also a voice teacher, with a thriving studio in NYC. She has given residencies at Universities all over the US, including SUNYOswego, University of Athens Georgia, Mannes School of Music NYC and Georgetown University DC. She also works with student composers and has been a visiting artist at Duke University NC, The Catholic University of America D.C. and Binghamton University New York helping to develop and perform new pieces for the voice. In addition to her performing and teaching activities Jacqueline is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School.