'The Secret Garden' subject of talk

MANCHESTER - The Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning and Opera Theatre of Weston will present a lecture about The Making of "The Secret Garden" at the Riley Center of the Arts at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.

Composer Nolan Gasser and scenic designer Naomie Kremer will discuss how the beloved children's novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett has been transformed into a delightful opera for all the family. OTW will perform the East Coast premiere at the Paramount Theatre, Rutland and at the Weston Playhouse in January 2015.

"The Secret Garden" made its debut at the San Francisco Opera in 2013. OTW will use original stunning and cutting-edge scenic projections by Kremer, designer of the original production at SFO, in a special video adaptation which will be shown at the presentation.

"I am truly delighted that OTW will be presenting the East Coast premiere of 'The Secret Garden,' and the world premiere of our newly revised version of the opera," said Gasser. "The enthusiasm and impressive creativity that OTW has already revealed about their upcoming production, along with its terrific cast, gives me great confidence that our opera is destined for a great run in Vermont."

Gasser is the chief musical architect of the Music Genome Project, the musical technology behind Pandora Radio - now with over 100 million subscribers in the US alone. He is also the Artistic Director of Classical Archives, the largest classical music website on the Internet. He received his Ph.D. in Musicology from Stanford University, where he has been an Adjunct Professor in Medieval-Renaissance Music History.

OTW musical director Angela Hines-Gooch, stage director Diana Stugger, costume designer Robina D'Arcy-Fox and choreographer Ashley Hensel-Browning will join the discussion. The audience will be treated to musical highlights from the opera by the professional cast, which includes soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, The Houston Opera and Washington National Opera. The cast will feature a number of favorites from past OTW productions, including soprano Lora Rachel Davidson, tenor Pablo Bustos, bass-baritone Christopher Besch and Vermont mezzo-soprano Peggie Telscher.

Tickets are $15 online in advance at http://www.greenmtnacademy.org/calendarinfoview.php?event_id=3D667, by calling 802-867-0111 or $20 at the door.

Opera Theatre of Weston is a professional company member of OPERA America.

For more information, contact Opera Theatre of Weston at (802) 824-3821, e-mail otw@sover.net or visit the website at www.operatheatreofweston.com.


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