Podcast 40: Rachel J. Peters

We are joined by Rachel Peters, composer of “Rootabaga Country” which will premiere at Sarasota Opera this November. And have a fascinating discussion about Ethel Smythe who’s “Der Wald” was the first opera by a Woman Composer to be performed at the Metropolitan Opera.

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  • Prairie Songs,
    • part of the full-length The Wild Beast of the Bungalow
      created with the librettists, Royce vavrek
  • Rootabaga Country based on Carl Sandberg’s Rootabaga Stories
    • Rachel is both the Composer and Librettist for this Youth Opera
    • Sarasota Opera, producing company
    • Three main characters are:
      • Gimme the Ax (father)
      • Please Gimme (son)
      • Ax Me No Questions (daughter)
    • Vanessa by Barber, produced by Sarasota Opera
    • Greg Trupiano, Sarasota Opera’s Director of Artistic Administration
      Also heads up the Walt Whitman Project
    • Conductor/Youth Opera Music Director: Jesse Martins
    • Stage Director: Martha Collins
    • Education Director: Ben Jewell-Plocher
    • Carmen by Bizet
  • Ethel Smyth Plays Golf In Limbo, a monodrama for Mezzo and Piano
    Mezzo – Jennifer Beattie, Piano – Adam Marks
    being presented by Semperopera Dresden

    • Der Wald, by Ethel Smyth, first opera by a woman composer produced by the
      Metropolitan Opera.
    • Serenade and Violin Sonata by Ethel Smythe
    • Kaija Saariaho
      • L’Amour de loin
    • Ethel Smyth
      • Dame Ethel Mary Smyth, DBE (/ s m aɪ θ /, to rhyme with Forsyth; 23 April 1858 – 8 May 1944)
      • An English composer and a member of the women’s suffrage movement.
  • NYU Musical Theatre Writing Program
  • South Pacific by Rodgers & Hammerstein
  • Fun Home by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron
  • Light In the Piazza
    • Maury Yeston
  • Stephen Sondheim
  • Drunk Shakespeare NYC
    • Hamlet
    • Macbeth
  • Theater For a New Audience
    • Measure for Measure by Shakespeare
    • Happy Days by Samuel Beckett starring Diane Wiest
  • Schitts Creek, TV show
    • starring Eugene Levy Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy
  • Still Star-Crossed from ShondaLand Productions
  • Indecent by Paula Vogel
  • Sweat by Lynn Nottage
  • Kirsten Childs
    • Bella, An American Tall Tale at Playwrights Horizon
    • The Bubbly Black Girl Shed Her Chameleon Skin at City Center
    • Encores! Off-Center
    • Bob Fosse
  • Three-Way a new opera by Robert Paterson and David Cote’
    • Produced by AOP at BAM Fisher
  • John Macurdy, operatic Bass
  • “I Stand Alone”, three monodramas for the female voice
    • Produced by Vertical Players Repertory
    • Knoxville, Summer of 1915 by Samuel Barber
    • Tesla’s Pigeon by Melissa Dunphy
    • Phaedra by Benjamin Britten
    • Judith Barnes, mezzo
    • Elise Brancheau, soprano
    • Chelsea Feltman, soprano
    • Doug Han, accompanist
  • Game of Thrones on HBO
  • Crossing at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, part of 2017 Next Wave Festival
    • Composer Matthew Aucoin
    • Walt Whitman’s Civil War Diary – “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”
    • Produced by American Repertory Theater
    • Directed by Diane Paulus
  • Elixir of Love
    • Hubbard Hall Opera in Cambridge, MA
  • Jonathan Blalock


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