Louis Karchin's JANE EYRE presented as part of the CCO opera development series at the Cell Theatre, July 24th


Jul 24 2013 - 8:00pm

Three operas-in-progress by Jirí Kaderábek, Todd Goodman, and Louis Karchin' Jane Eyre, under CCO’s Development Series, will be presented along with the World Premiere of Oration by Danish composer Line Tjørnhøj. Conductor/Music Director  is Sarah Jobin.

July 24th 'JANE EYRE' cast includes Marcy Richardson as Jane Eyre, Scott Joiner, Karen Joilcouer, Jami Leonard, Sharon Harms, and Mark Wilson. Sarah Mayers is Stage Director; Michael Fennelly is Music Director.

The Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO), founded in 1982 and recognized as a leading proponent of new opera, announces its July 20-27 season in NYC’s Cell Theater, 338 West 23rd St.   All performances are at 8 PM. 

July 20-24, 8 PM – Operas-in-progress
July 26 & 27, 8 PM– world premiere of “Oration”
Cell Theater, 338 West 23 Street, NYC

Tickets: $20 for Operas-in-Progress; $30 for world premiere of “Oration”   Reservations: www.brownpapertickets.com  or  1.800.838.3006


July 20:  Kafka’s Women by Jirí Kaderábek   (Development Series)
July 23:  Night of the Living Dead by Todd Goodman   (Development Series)
July 24:  Jane Eyre by Louis Karchin  (Development Series)
July 26 & 27:  Oration by Line Tjørnhøj   (World  Premiere)

Louis Karchin, American composer, conductor and professor of music at NYU, has composed over 60 works including chamber music, symphonic works, and opera.  His music has been recognized the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, as well as commissions from the Serge Koussevitzky, Fromm, and Barlow Foundations.

Jirí Kaderábek, born 1978, is one of the most sought-after Czech composers of his generation.   His music has been commissioned and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, New Juilliard Ensemble, Slovak Philharmonic Choir, and many others.     He is recipient of numerous awards, including Shipley Arts Festival Composition Competition in Great Britain, Zenith Composers Competition in The Netherlands, Czech Radio Composition Competition, Dean of the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague Award, was finalist of the Musica Nova International Composition Competition, and a nomination for the Gideon Klein Award, all within the past few years.

Todd Goodman, born in 1977 in Pennsylvania, received his training at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Duquesne U. in Pittsburgh, Kent State University, Aspen, and at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.   His principal composition teachers have been Pulitzer prize winning composer George Tsontakis, David Stock, Frank Wiley, and Richard Toensing.    Currently resident composer for the Lincoln Park P.A. Center in Pennsylvania, Goodman has also composed several works for winds, including a Concerto for piccolo and Orchestra and Concerto for Bass Clarinet and Orchestra.

Line Tjørnhøj describes her chamber opera Oration as “a speech for humanity…..Oration gives a unique description of the human experience and the love and hate, hope and despair, suffering and joy we see in our lifetimes.” 

A native of Denmark, Ms. Tjørnhøj is a composer, sound-artist, and performer.  Since 1995 she has composed for theater, dance, musicals, and radio and TV presentations.   Her work with voices and sounds crosses the borders of style, tradition , expression and aesthetics, and her many interests include working in the areas of jazz, ethnic music, Bulgarian womens’ voices, and throat singers.   A member of the Danish Composers Society, her works include Antigone, performed in NY in 1996;  I sing the body electric, performed by Den Anden Opera in Copenhagen; and Anorexia Sacra (for 6 voices, doublebass and liveprocessed stagesounds ), also performed in Copenhagen.