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Concert performance of Act II
New York City Opera
May 26, 2004
at Symphony Space in New York, NY


Adam B. Silverman:
Susan Gubernat:

George Manahan:
Lynn Baker:
Mark Adamo:


Conductor and Music Director
Assistant conductor and vocal coach
New York City Opera Composer-in-Residence,
director of VOX 2004: Showcasing American Composers
The New York City Opera Orchestra

[ CAST ]

Paul Mow, tenor:
Jody Sheinbaum, soprano:
Tracie Luck, mezzo-soprano:
Kathryn Friest, soprano:
Eric Greene, baritone:
Richard Byrne,
Bert K Johnson,
Janusz Korczak
Esterka, Female Passerby and Orphan I
Orphan II
Orphan III
Bula Szulc and Mr. M
Neighbor and Rickshaw Driver
Adam Czerniakow, Mr. S and Male Passerby

In 2004, New York City Opera presented the sixth year of its annual contemporary opera series, which is the only one of its kind in the United States. Excerpts from eight American works-in-progress were read by the City Opera Orchestra and soloists under Music Director George Manahan. Featured composers included Richard Danielpour (to an original libretto by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison), John Eaton, Tom Cipullo, Daniel Felsenfeld, Jennifer Griffith, Donald Hagar, Elodie Lauten, Adam Silverman.

Leadership support for VOX 2004 was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Korczak's Orphans was funded in part by the Composer Assistance Program of the American Music Center.

From left: composer Adam Silverman, conductor George Manahan, librettist Susan Gubernat

June 6, 2004. Anthony Tommasini: If Operas Can Make it Here... The New York Times. [download pdf]

April 23, 2004. Jim Montgomery: Professor's Libretto Headed for New York Production. The Pioneer of Califonia State University at Hayward. [download pdf]

April, 2004: PRESS RELEASE "New York City Opera presents a preview of the new opera Korczak’s Orphans at Symphony Space" [download pdf]

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