Completing the Picture

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November 15, 2020

Completing the Picture 

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To be premiered on Sunday, November 15, at 7:30pm
on OCM’s YouTube Channel
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Completing the Picture uses the story of Chinese workers who completed The Transcontinental Railroad to explore questions of immigration, exclusion, and who gets their rightful place in history. Click on the “Story” tab above to read the entire story.

 

Completing the Picture

Click HERE to see it

Free on YouTube

To be premiered on Sunday, November 15, at 7:30pm
on OCM’s YouTube Channel
and available indefinitely after that date.

Free
Donations are encouraged to support
OCM’s 2020 Annual Fund. 

DONATE NOW

Please visit the STAFF page to see bios for the creative and production staff.

Soprano Emily Michiko Jensen
Mezzo-soprano Olga Perez Flora
Tenor James Flora
Baritone Leroy Davis
   
Conductor Michael Sakir
Director Douglas Anderson
Production Manager Mary Longey
Pianist Mary Jane Austin
Editor & Audio Engineer Tim Joy
Production Assistant Hannah Logan
 

Please visit the STAFF page to see bios for the creative and production staff.

 

Emily Michiko Jensen

Praised for her “theatrical instincts and intriguingly versatile instrument,” Japanese-American soprano Emily Michiko Jensen is quickly establishing herself as a captivating artist. She is thrilled to return to OCM. This season, Emily joins Florentine Opera as the Resident Soprano of the Baumgartner Studio Artist program where she will perform the roles of Maguelonne in Viardot’s Cendrillon while covering the title role. She will also cover the role of Mimi in the spring production of La Bohème. Last season Emily made her role debut as Suor Angelica at the Indiana University Opera Theatre. She previously sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Boston Opera Collaborative, where she made her company debut as Marguerite (Faust) in 2016. Emily was an Apprentice Artist at Sarasota Opera, and a Studio Artist with Chautauqua Opera. Previous credits include: Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Suzel in L’amico Fritz, Governess in The Turn of the Screw. She appeared in Turandot with OCM in 2015.

Website: www.emilymichikojensen.com

 

 

Cuban-American mezzo-soprano, Olga Perez Flora, has been lauded by Opera News for her “smoky tones” and “firm, pleasant voice and lively poise.” Known for her sultry Carmen, Ms. Flora has performed this signature role numerous times. Recent engagements include deFalla’s El amor brujo, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, the Duraflé Requiem, Bach’s Cantata 147, Respighi’s Il Tramonto, Verdi’s Requiem, Manuel de Falla’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro, the Duruflé Requiem, Hayden’s Lord Nelson Mass, and the Messiah, as well as Frost in the new recording of Stephen Colantti’s children’s opera The Selfish Giant. This Spring includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, West Side Story, and a concert with Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. For OCM, she sang Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire (2018), and appeared in several other roles since 2013.

Website: www.olgaperezflora.com

 

 

American tenor James Flora, hailed for his “resonant, impeccably-trained voice and fearlessness to his singing,” has received acclaim in repertoire ranging from Verdi and Wagner to works by Carlisle Floyd and Daron Hagen where he sang Louis Sullivan from Hagen’s Shining Brow at Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater. He made his Pittsburgh Opera debut as Fenton in Falstaff, and has since returned for seven productions. James has performed leading roles in opera companies across the United States, including Alfredo, Tamino, Pinkerton, Rodolfo, Don José, appearing with companies including Washington Concert Opera, Arizona Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Company of Middlebury, Opera Columbus and others. He is equally at home on the symphonic stage, singing with Pittsburgh Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, and Buffalo Philharmonic, and recently debuted with the La Voz Humana: Lenguajes Múltiples festival in Cuba with Maestro Leo Brouwer. James’ debut as Cavaradossi in Tosca was in 2019 for OCM, where he has previously performed numerous roles since 2012.

Website: www.jamesfloratenor.com/

 

 

Leroy Y. Davis, Baritone. A proud member of the Ryan Opera Center 20/21 ensemble at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2020 highlights for the popular baritone include his Lincoln Center debut in Ricky Ian Gordon’s Intimate Apparel directed by Bartlett Sher, a debut with New York Festival of Song, and a return to Opera Company of Middlebury in the video production premiere of Completing the Picture. In recent seasons he was heard in Fire Shut Up In My Bones at Opera Theatre of St. Louisl Forester in Cunning Little Vixen, Joe St. George in Dolores Claiborne and Pablo Picasso in After Life at Boston University Opera Institute. Previous credits: Maximilian in Candide at Chautauqua Opera; Aeneas/Adonis at Florentine Opera in Dido and Aeneas and Venus and Adonis; Papageno in The Magic Flute and Mandarin/Ping in Turandot with Shreveport Opera; Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Maitre D’/Farley in Sister Carrie as a studio artist at Florentine Opera. Davis was first seen in Middlebury in L’Italiana in Algieri (2014), appeared in La Traviata later that year, then in Turandot in 2015.

Website: www.insigniaartists.com/davis-leroy

Completing the Picture 

Click HERE to see it

Free on YouTube

To be premiered on Sunday, November 15, at 7:30pm
on OCM’s YouTube Channel
and available indefinitely after that date.

Free
Donations are encouraged to support
OCM’s 2020 Annual Fund. 

DONATE NOW

Completing the Picture was commissioned by Opera Utah in 2019 as one of four short operas commemorating the 150thanniversary of “The Golden Spike” – the completion of the transcontinental railroad. 

The opera begins with the classic shot captured by Brooklyn, NY photographer Andrew J. Russell of the celebration when the Union Pacific met the Central Pacific. The driving of the “Last Spike” occurred at Promontory Summit, UT, May 10, 1869. 

The quartet of singers starts by asking a very timely question. This railroad was built by 20,000 Chinese workers imported for the task, people who worked long hours in brutal conditions for very little pay. And yet, there isn’t a single Chinese person in that famous photograph. Why aren’t the Chinese workers in the picture? This immediately gets into questions of who gets to write history. Although the short opera doesn’t get into the larger cross-cultural issues – because it doesn’t have to – it gets us thinking about the millions of ethnic workers (Hispanics in agriculture, Blacks in service industries and factories, Native Americans) who have essentially been written out of history.

Completing the Picture 

Click HERE to see it

Free on YouTube

To be premiered on Sunday, November 15, at 7:30pm
on OCM’s YouTube Channel
and available indefinitely after that date.

Free
Donations are encouraged to support
OCM’s 2020 Annual Fund. 

DONATE NOW

Michael Ching is a respected composer/conductor who is currently music director at Amarillo Opera and Composer-in Residence at Savannah. Ching’s biggest success has been Speed Dating, a contemporary comic opera that has received dozens of productions across the nation.

One example of how OCM will integrate the music into the video for our version of Completing the Picture: there’s a lovely section in which the homesick workers sing in Chinese. Our singers will perform over photos of actual workers of the period, their faces etched with care and misery. Those faces, paired with this music, will be unforgettable. 

 Visit Michael Ching’s website at:  www.operaandbeyond.com