CAPITOL OPERA ALBANY is a Non-Profit, all volunteer organization founded for the following purposes:
> To act as a resource and information center for "Voice Professionals" of all types: trained singers, broadcasters, public speakers, etc.
> To provide a performing venue for local singers, musicians, directors, conductors, choreographers, dancers, etc.
Founder General Director
Capitol Opera Albany has been newly resurrected in its original form by its Founder, Kathleen Torchia. The Capitol Opera Companies of Sacramento, Raleigh, Richmond, Harrisburg, & Albany are “community” opera companies for the purpose of fostering local and/or developing artists & bringing “affordable” opera to the community at large, so that everyone can enjoy the art form!!
Kathleen is also looking for the help of an "intern" for the local area...
Those interested in being a part of Capitol Opera Albany should contact:
Capitol Opera Albany is a branch of Capitol Opera Companies, Inc.,
a non-profit / community-benefit corporation.
Capitol Opera Albany is holding auditions for the world premiere of
Beethoven's other opera
About the work.
KAMMEROPER 1804 (Beethoven’s Other Opera) is a light-hearted drama centered on the ill-fated final music rehearsal of Vestal Flame; a convoluted, over-the-top opera set in ancient Rome.
Ludwig van Beethoven is embroiled in an artistic dispute with the older, more established librettist/impressario Emanuel Schikaneder who hopes to regain some of his former glory when he worked with Mozart on The Magic Flute.
There are nine (9) players, two (2) dancers, and one (1) mute character. The music comprises eight songs written by Beethoven set to a new English text, two piano solos that act as the background to two classical dance numbers, an overture, variations for piano used as incidental music, and the rarely performed proto-opera Vestal Flame, sung in English.
Running time is approximately two hours with one intermission.
About The Dramatist:
Jay Stephenson is a singer/actor from Canada who moved to Los Angeles in 2008. While in L.A., he regularly performed leading roles with many “boutique” opera companies.
He moved to New Jersey in 2017 and starred as George R.R. Martin in the off-Broadway musical comedy Game of Thrones the Musical at The Theatre Center in New York City. “It’s all overseen by a pompously avuncular Martin-as-narrator, expertly played by Jay Stephenson” – The New York Times.
He is currently playing Anton Schindler, Beethoven's biographer, in Moisés Kaufman's 33 Variations with Bergen County Players.
Jay holds a bachelor's degree in music from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.