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Operatic Addictions
by Alter Ego Chamber Opera
  • Show Info

    Primary Discipline: Theater
    Secondary Discipline: Music

    Short Description:
    Opera about Coffee and Smartphones, two of today's most gripping addictions, in a double-bill of J.S. Bach's Coffee Cantata (a feminist readaptation), and Phony, (premiere by David Brown/Alize Rozsnyai), accompanied by an orchestra of strings, harpsichord, electric bass, electric guitar, and saxophone.

    Long Description:
    Alter Ego Chamber Opera (AECO) is an emerging, Philadelphia-based opera collective that presents new works and reimagined works of history "without the ego." Traditional barriers of language and antiquated themes are stripped away in favor of productions more relevant to today's audiences, created right now. AECO is the brainchild of Alize Rozsnyai, Soprano/Librettist, David Matthew Brown, Composer/Violinist, Irene Moretto, Keyboardist/Collaborator, and Kaitlyn Waterson, Soprano/Creator. Our first season, to begin this fall, will comprise three productions. The first, scheduled for Philadelphia's Fringe Festival on the evenings of September 6th and 7th, is a double-bill: 1) J.S. Bach's "Coffee Cantata" (BWV 211), performed to an original libretto by Alize Rozsnyai, and reorchestrated for three voices, soprano sax, violin, viola, electric guitar, electric bass, and harpsichord; and 2) Philadelphian composer, David Matthew Brown's new opera, "Phony," about cell phone addiction, also based on text by Rozsnyai, and scored for the same ensemble. The theme of the performance is addiction, as it pertains to seemingly innocuous habits, such as coffee and screen time. The second production, slated for February of 2020, will be TBA, but likely a brand new work or series of brand new works embracing our mission of promoting female-identifying creators and story-tellers. AECO's final first season production, likely in the late spring of 2020, will be a reimagining of Handel's "Alcina," in English, reorchestrated, and staged in a modern idiom.

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    Website: http://www.AlterEgoChamberOpera.com

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    Pictured (Left to Right): Will Brobston, Electric Guitar; Irene Moretto, Harpsichord; Emma Hey, Viola; David Brown, Violin; Aaron Steward, Saxophone, Alize Rozsnyai; Soprano

    Photo Credit: David Matthew Brown

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    Pictured (Left to Right): Timothy Faulkner, Tenor; Will Brobston, Electric Guitar; Alize Rozsyai, Soprano/Librettist; David Brown, Violinist/Composer; Aaron Stewart Saxophone

    Photo Credit: David Matthew Brown

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    Pictured (Left to Right): David Deratzian, Electric Bass; Will Brobston, Electric Guitar; Alize Rozsnyai; David Matthew Brown, Violinist/Composer; Soprano/Librettist

    Photo Credit: David Matthew Brown

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    Pictured (Left to Right): Will Brobston, Electric Guitar; Irene Moretto, Harpsichord; Emma Hey, Viola; David Matthew Brown, Composer/Conductor; Alize Rozsnyai, Soprano/Libretti

    Photo Credit: David Matthew Brown

  • Performances:

    September 7, 2019 8:00 PM St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 19 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA
    September 6, 2019 8:00 PM St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 19 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA
  • Production Team Summary

    Identifies with and will do reviews with cultural, ethnic, or religious groups (e.g.,: Jewish community, GLBTQ community, African American community, etc.):

    White / European-American, LGBT+, Christianity, Judaism, Other

    Groups or Educational Institution Affiliations (e.g.,: university, company member of other theaters):

    Illumine Music, Curtis Institute of Music, Opera Delaware, Arcana New Music Ensemble, The Baldwin School, Temple University, Sparkle Pony band, Opera Philadelphia, Rutgers University Camden

    Company Members

    Amber Kowal
    Originally from:Brigantine, NJ
    Role: Electric Bass
    Lives in: Other
    Claim to fame:Last summer had the pleasure of performing the first movement of Koussevitzky’s Bass Concerto with the Vidin Sinfonetta in Bulgaria.
    Bronwyn Beth Livezey
    Originally from:Newton Square, PA
    Role: Violin
    Lives in: Fairmount
    Claim to fame:I love performing bluegrass and one of my bands (Sparkle Pony) opened for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder in February.
    Emma Hey
    Originally from:Minnesota
    Role: Viola
    Lives in: Center City
    Claim to fame:Meeting Hillary Hahn!
    Tom Sitzler
    Originally from:Mesa, Arizona
    Role: Baritone playing Heath/Samuel
    Lives in: Other
    Claim to fame:I have a black belt in Judo. I have a hobby of doing fancy tie knots; I've made over 100 different styles! :D
    Irene Moretto
    Originally from:Lansdowne, PA
    Role: Keyboardist/Collaborator
    Lives in: Other
    Claim to fame:Obsessively practicing piano beyond the hours permitted in my apartment lease
    Kaitlyn Waterson
    Originally from:Langhorne, PA
    Role: Director
    Lives in: Other
    Claim to fame:Enjoying singing all the New Music that everyone else dreads
    Will Brobston
    Originally from:Huntsville, Alabama
    Role: Electric Guitar
    Lives in: Old City
    Claim to fame: I once tackled North America's highest road bike hill climb: Mt. Evans, Colorado, 14130'.
    Timothy Faulkner
    Originally from:Morrisville, PA
    Role: Tenor playing Claude/Narrator
    Lives in: Other
    Claim to fame:Union electrician, competes in Highland games heavy athletic competitions for a hobby
    David Matthew Brown
    Originally from:West Chester, PA
    Role: Composer/Conductor/Violinist
    Lives in: Other
    Claim to fame:Is in charge of strength training at the Sporting Club Main Line, and doesn’t believe in shirts with sleeves.
    Alize Rozsnyai
    Originally from:San Diego, CA
    Role: Soprano/Librettist
    Lives in: West Philly
    Claim to fame:Has performed internationally in 10 countries, and is the daughter of famed Hungarian conductor, Zoltan Rozsnyai.
    Aaron Stewart
    Originally from:Paris, France
    Role: Saxophonist
    Lives in: Fairmount
    Claim to fame:Performed with the Arcana New Music Ensemble on a Julius Eastman portrait concert to a sold out audience at The Kitchen, NYC, which was later listed in the NYTimes Top Classical Music Performances of 2018.