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
has had to indefinitely postpone the premiere of
Beethoven's other opera
due to the
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 recently played Anton Schindler, Beethoven's biographer, in Moisés Kaufman's Tony-nominated 33 Variations with Bergen County Players.
Jay holds a bachelor's degree in music from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
For Immediate release January 20, 2020
Beethoven’s other Opera
To celebrate the composer’s 250th birth year, Capitol Opera presents the world premiere KAMMEROPER 1804 from June 25 – 28 at the West End Theater at 263 W. 86th Street, New York, NY as part of the NY Opera Fest 2020.
KAMMEROPER 1804 is a light-hearted music drama centered on the ill-fated final rehearsal of Vestal Flame; a potboiler of an opera set in ancient Rome. An emerging Ludwig van Beethoven is embroiled in an artistic dispute with the celebrated librettist/and impressario Emanuel Schikaneder who is hoping to regain some of his former glory when he worked with Mozart on The Magic Flute.
Directed by Bill Kaufman, KAMMEROPER 1804 uses a number of Beethoven songs transcribed for rock instruments as well as the lesser known proto-opera Vestal Flame (Vestas Feuer) to tell the story of a fantasy “who-done-it” twelve years after the death of Mozart.
Jay Stephenson is the regional director of Capitol Opera Albany. In a case of “art imitating life”, playwright Jay Stephenson has sung the role of Papageno originally created by and for Emanuel Schikaneder in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Additionally, Jay has just come off a successful run as Anton Schindler, Beethoven’s biographer, in Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations in Oradell, New Jersey.
Tickets can be purchased online through the Capitol Opera Albany website and may be purchased at the door prior to each performance based on availability.