Tenor John Riesen, Baritone Jay Lucas Chacon and Pianist Jon Garrett join together to create a virtual recital featuring famous duets from opera and musical theater.
Music of all the stages
La bohème; Act 3
by Ruggero Leoncavallo
A socially distanced film version of the lesser known version of the classic story by Henri Murger. Leoncavallo writes one of the most glorious settings depicting the chaotic and heart wrenching breakup of the bohemian couples.
Melissa Serluco - Musette
Bonnie Frauenthal - Mimi
Alexei Kuznietsov - Marcello
Jay Lucas Chacon - Rodolfo
Michael Dauphinais - Piano
An American's Journey
music by Aaron Copland, Margaret Bonds, Steven Mark Kohn, and Florence Price.
concieved by Jay Lucas Chacon
A story based on the Old American Songs by Aaron Copland and featuring works by Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and Steven Mark Kohn. Follow the journey of a man who comes to see and understand the world beyond his front yard. Music that captures the American spirit, this is a beautiful story about growth and what it means to be a good American.
Tom Sitzler - The man
Kenneth Overton - The client "The Gallows Tree"
Angelica Feliciano - The date "Sympathy"
William Lim - The marginalized "Minstrel Man"
Irene Moretto - Piano
The Spirit of Christmas
A ViOp holiday special
Jay Lucas Chacon, director of ViOp Productions invites you into his home to share his favorite holiday songs and memories.
With special guest appearances by tenor John Riesen and pianist Nana Shi.
It will be an evening of fun, heartwarming nostalgic music that will fill you with the holiday spirit.
by Pietro Mascagni
Mascagni' Zanetto is the story of Silvia, a near-middle aged woman afraid she will never fall in love again, until she meets the young Zanetto and finds her heart moved. Zanetto, written as en travesti (a woman playing a boy), is portrayed as a mature bohemian woman aware of her actions and how they are affecting Silvia, or so she thinks.
Allison Gish - Zanetto
Kirsten C. Kunkle - Silvia
Jestin Pieper - Piano
Spirituals and the African American Concert Tradition
In collaboration with St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in southwest Washington, DC, Musical Monuments is presented as part of a multifaceted series that explores the ways in which the richness of Black history can be an extraordinary vehicle for better understanding our nation. By examining song, language, events, and concepts, you'll gain some insight into how the desire for freedom has inspired change, fear, and growth.
Stephanie Ann Ball - Soprano
Stephen B. Moore - Piano