Mayhem à la Femme
a Shell of a Troll
by D. Jasper Sussman
Newly commissioned in 2017 by Gateway Opera
a rich troll. his subdued daughter. their human servant. oh, and magical law enforcer fairies. a Shell of a Troll follows the story of Senator Pompe on just another Sunday Gun Day. (some adult content, crude bigotry, political spitfire, and tears of laughter, or perhaps sorrow may apply) – on a Shell of a Troll by St. Louis native D. Jasper Sussman, a political absurdist surrealist murder mystery drama comedy opera in 20 minutes
♫Maria – Caroline Corrales♫Senator Pompe – Nathan Ruggles♫Lucy – Lucy ♫Hatte – Nikki Weiss♫Spelma – Rebecca Hatlelid♫Jim (Salesclerk) – Alexus Wong♫Music Director – Robert Valentine
by Pauline Viardot
Translated and updated by Caetlyn Van Buren
Cendrillon spends all of her time taking care of her hopeless sisters and incompetent Baron father instead of following her true passion of social and environmental activism. But when the Prince comes in disguise looking for the woman who keeps writing scathing political letters to the palace, Cendrillon finds herself transported to the ball by her over-enthusiastic Fairy Godmother. Will Cendrillon ever get her wish?
♫Baron de Pictordu – Jason Mallory♫Cendrillon – Kate Reimann♫Maguelonne – Hana Abrams♫Armelinde – Stephanie Ruggles♫The Prince – Nathan Ruggles♫Barigoule – Daniel Terry♫Fairy Godmother – Caroline Corrales♫Music Director – Robert Valentine
Snow White Turns Sixty
by Dale Trumbore
Snow White Turns Sixty is a set of twelve retellings of traditional fairy tales. Some are modern updates; some are twisted reinterpretations. Collectively, the songs retell traditional fairy tales in provocative, gory, humorous, dark, sexy, violent, joyful, and ultimately liberating ways, as each character discovers a new and previously untold element of her particular story. All use texts by contemporary female poets.
♫Featuring – Stephanie Ruggles, Rebecca Hatlelid, Caroline Corrales, D. Jasper Sussman, Laurel Dantas, Kate Reimann, Kathleen Nuebling, Hana Abrams, Allison Glass, Jason Mallory♫Music Director – Nancy Mayo
Mayhem à la Femme is directed by Caetlyn Van Buren.
Composers & Creators
Caetlyn Van Buren
Caetlyn is a singer, writer and director from St. Louis who proudly serves as the Publications Manager for Gateway Opera. She starred in Gateway Opera’s first production The Old Maid and The Thief as Miss Todd, directed The Impresario in 2015 which was described as “One of the most delightful evenings of opera that I’ve ever experienced,” (Steve Callahan, KDHX), and returned to write and direct the GO Showcase in 2016: “These two sketches are very much in the mode of Monty Python — brilliant, superbly trained people having gleeful fun exercising their splendid talents and imaginations,” (Steve Callahan, KDHX). 2017 sees Caetlyn returning to direct Gateway Opera’s second year of participating in the Grand Center Theatre Crawl, as well as directing a new version of Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon for GO’s Mayhem à la Femme in June. Caetlyn graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an MM in Vocal Performance and regularly performs with Union Avenue Opera, Gateway Opera, and PRIME Theatre STL, among others.
D. Jasper Sussman
a Shell of a Troll
Translating emotion into intentional expression, whether it be delicately notated or spontaneously voiced, is at the heart of Jasper Sussman’s interest in music. As the Madison Choral Project’s first composer-in-residence, Sussman has written two new choral works this season, both exploring new textures for a cappella choir. Her past works span from collaborative dance pieces, such as her work Dionysian Sea, commissioned by choreographer Marlene Skog and featured at the World Dance Alliance—Americas in Honolulu, to orchestral works like her piece Baguettelle which received 2nd place in the Austin Civic Orchestra Composition Competition in 2014.
While attaining her master’s degree in music composition from the University of Michigan, Jasper performed regularly as a part of many ensembles and impromptu groups, including the Contemporary Arts Orchestra, Orpheus Singers, and the Suburban Piano Quartet. Her primary mentors were Stephen Rush, Kristin Kuster, Evan Chambers, and Erik Santos. She received her bachelor’s from Lawrence University studying composition under Joanne Metcalf, Asha Srinivasan, and Fred Sturm, voice under Joanne Bozeman, and percussion under Dane Richeson. She is an alumna of the Atlantic Music Festival, the National Puppetry Conference, and the Brevard Music Center, and has worked with composers Melissa Dunphy, Kevin Puts, Ken Ueno, Robert Patterson, Mari Kimura, Michael Harrison, and Robert Aldridge. She is a member of PASIC, ASCAP, the College Music Society, and the American Composers Forum. Her works are published by Ala Fady Press and Bachovich Music Publications.
Sussman currently resides in St. Louis, MO where she sings with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. She has a private coaching practice focusing on the connection between music, creativity, and wellness.
Snow White Turns Sixty
Hailed by the New York Times for her “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies,” Dale Trumbore has been commissioned and performed by organizations including the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), ACME, Boston New Music Initiative, Center City Opera Theater, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, and VocalEssence. She has served as Composer in Residence for Nova Vocal Ensemble and Artist in Residence at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Copland House, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and Willapa Bay AiR.
Trumbore’s interest in the convergence of music and language leads her to collaborate frequently with contemporary poets. Her works for voice have been recorded by Choral Arts Northwest, The Esoterics, New York Virtuoso Singers, Six Degree Singers, and soprano Gillian Hollis. Choral Arts Initiative recently released How to Go On, a new album devoted to Trumbore’s choral works. Trumbore’s compositions are available from Boosey & Hawkes, G. Schirmer, and MusicSpoke.
Trumbore holds a dual degree in Music Composition and English from the University of Maryland as well as a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Morten Lauridsen and Donald Crockett. A New Jersey native, Trumbore currently lives in Los Angeles.
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