The Glass Shō ~ RWO On Their Next Project

L to R: RWO’s Robert Maril and Elisabeth Halliday performing David Smooke’s Criminal Element (Photo courtesy of Anthony Trujillo)RWO1A

Baltimore-based chamber opera ensemble Rhymes With Opera have a new project for this coming season, and the folks that are key in the productions (Ruby Fulton, George Lam, Victoria Crutchfield, and composer Erik Spangler) sat down and talked to me for my podcast The Glass Shō.
This new piece, written by Spangler, is called Cantata For a Loop Trail, and it is a very unique concept involving hiking in outdoor terrain, traveling, and singing as well as telling a story.
The piece premieres June 14-15 in Baltimore, MD, and June 21-22 in NYC. Times and event locations to be determined.

Until then, RWO has a free concert, COMING TOGETHER: RWO IN CONCERT, Tuesday, April 29, at 7 PM at Illinois Jacquet Performance Space at York College CUNY (Jamaica, NY). More details about the show on the website page located here.

Please check out this interview on the link below, RWO appears in the first half of Episode 6.

The Glass Shō: Episode 6 (Mari Kimura/RWO)

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in performance: Rhymes With Opera presents “Criminal Element”

Megan Ihnen reviewed the Baltimore performance of the newly-staged version of David Smooke’s Criminal Element

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Settling into David Smooke‘s nonopera, “Criminal Element“, is akin to letting a book of Rorschach paintings fall open in front of you. As each of the five scenes unfolds, the pages of that book flip in the breeze. That is to say, a nonopera in an invented language can take on myriad meanings and plays out the perceptions of those watching and listening. Gazing around the sultry Area 405 in Baltimore on Saturday night, there could have been as many interpretations of Smooke’s work as there were people crowded into the performance space. Rhymes With Opera singers Elisabeth Halliday, Robert Maril, and Bonnie Lander with the SONAR new music ensemble quartet under George Lam‘s conducting excelled in the performance of this work creating numerous audience entry points to a work that could be intimidating to some. Rhymes With Opera also used the evening as…

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