The 2023-24 Season Continues…
The Meaning of Love
Jocelyn Claire Thomas and Zachary Lenox in recital
Sunday, February 18 at 3:00
SOU Music Recital Hall, Mountain Ave, Ashland
All-star operatic duo and real-life married couple Jocelyn Claire Thomas and Zachary Lenox serve up a feast of sumptuous songs, accompanied by pianist Jodi French.
In a twist on the Valentine’s Day concert, this recital will include and also go beyond romantic love songs to embrace love for friends, humanity, and the earth.
Zachary Lenox has been called “the star of the night” and “a broad, resonant baritone” and Jocelyn Claire Thomas has been called a “staggeringly brilliant… ethereal soprano.”
Most songs will be in English. All will have projected supertitles.
Excerpt: A travers bois
Jodi French, piano
Including the world premiere of a new duet by resident composer Ethan Gans-Morse and resident poet Tiziana DellaRovere.
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Willene Gunn, co-founder of Brava! Opera in the Rogue Valley.
Dreams Have No Borders
Los sueños no tienen fronteras
A World-Premiere Film Four Years in the Making
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH JAMES M. COLLIER OPERA
Sunday, June 23 at 3:00
Varsity Theatre, 166 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520
Reception and art exhibit to follow across the street at Art and Soul Gallery
NOTE: THIS IS A FILM SCREENING WITH GENERAL SEATING
Featuring 3 Grammy-winning performers!
Dreams Have No Borders weaves together film, music, and theatrical performance to bring to life a composite of stories shared by our local Latino community.
Through the storyline crafted by writer Tiziana DellaRovere and the music by composer Ethan Gans-Morse, it takes us into the harrowing world of Marisol, a young mother forced to flee her home in Mexico to save herself and her baby.
During the pandemic, this piece transformed into an operatic film by Emmy Award-winning director Jan Thompson with stage direction by Valerie Rachelle (Oregon Cabaret Theatre). This film production was made possible by the generous sponsorship of James M. Collier Opera.
Follow Marisol’s journey to its heartwarming conclusion when this film premieres in June!
Featuring a Grammy-winning cast of singers, the Teokalli Aztec Dancers, and the Delgani String Quartet, called “the state’s finest chamber ensemble” by Oregon ArtsWatch.
Sung in English and Spanish with English subtitles.
This opera premiere event is dedicated to the memory of James M. Collier, our immortal patron of the arts
Student pricing (under 25 years old) and Oregon Trail card holder tickets available at the door with presentation of valid ID.
Please arrive 30 minutes early to purchase Student or Oregon Trail tickets at the door.
Premieres from previous Seasons
Rent the full professionally recorded program
Six Feet Apart
Performed by HEX Vocal Ensemble and Brightwork Ensemble
Music by Ethan Gans-Morse
Poetry by Tiziana DellaRovere
Special Guest poetry by Anis Mojgani and Kim Stafford
Video design by Camilla Tassi
Guest artist Betty LaDuke
Watch the new multimedia video concert based on our community’s pandemic stories
Anima Mundi Productions is proud to present Six Feet Apart: Stories of Resilience and Transformation, an innovative multimedia choral oratorio that harnesses the power of music, poetry, and art to amplify diverse voices and foster collective healing in Oregon during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Featuring music by Ethan Gans-Morse and poetry by Tiziana DellaRovere with special guest contributions by current and former Oregon poets laureate Anis Mojgani and Kim Stafford and renowned artist Betty LaDuke.
Six Feet Apart premiered as a multimedia online video performance featuring HEX Vocal Ensemble, the Brightwork Ensemble, and filmmaker Camilla Tassi.
Sky and All
Soprano Estelí Gomez and Guitarist Colin Davin
Now streaming for FREE
Hot off her recent performances with the New York Philharmonic and concerts at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and beyond, Grammy-winning soprano Estelí Gomez joins us with her longtime collaborator, the award-winning classical guitarist Colin Davin, for a recital that exalts the power of the natural world.
During the height of the Covid Pandemic, we engaged Estelí and Colin to record a video recital of classical and contemporary songs that take us on a journey into the beauty and vulnerability of nature.
Estelí Gomez can be heard on the Seattle Symphony’s 2017 recording of Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3, on the first track of the Silkroad Ensemble’s Grammy-winning 2016 album Sing Me Home, and on Roomful of Teeth’s 2014 Grammy-winning self-titled album featuring Caroline Shaw’s Partita, the work for which the composer was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.
Classical guitarist Colin Davin has appeared as a featured musical guest on the final season of The Late Show with David Letterman alongside the late Jessye Norman. He has performed across the world, including at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, and the Paris Conservatoire. He has “the distinct ability to wring the depths of expressiveness from all that he plays” (Classical Guitar Magazine).
Grammy-winner Estelí Gomez has been praised for her “clear, bright voice” (New York Times) and as “a soprano with a floating, angelic voice and a powerful presence” (I Care If You Listen). Her longtime collaborator, Colin Davin, has been hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide).
Dates, programming, artists, and details are subject to change.