The week of August 10th, Penelope and the Geese was supposed to be performed live in front of an audience. However, in the age of COVID, that could not happen safely. But that did not deter our team.
Twelve miraculous women safely gathered in Saugerties, NY, a magical artistic oasis upstate, to rehearse, record, and create a long-form trailer for Penelope. While it was not the originally intended iteration by any means, Penelope’s story is still being told.
See below for a teaser, as well as behind the scenes pictures from our week of creation and camaraderie. And keep close watch of this page as we continue to add more.
Remember: it’s not an opera - it’s a manifesto.
Photo Credit: Charise Isis
From the August Workshop
Penelope: Hai-Ting Chinn (IG: @ahaiting)
Cellist: Jennifer Devore (FB: Jennifer Devore)
Production Manager: Erin Cass
Production Assistant: Kelsey Sullivan (IG: @kelsey_sullivan__)
Special Thanks to Millicent Young (IG: @millicent.young) (FB: Millicent Young) for collaborating with us with her sublime work, and to Josepha Gutelius and Benno Schmidbauer for access to their picturesque home.
Suzanne Bennett and Shout Out Saugerties for producing this project.
Opera America for their Opera Grant for Female Composers program supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
The Society of Classical Studies for their Classics Everywhere grant.
NYU Tisch for their Dean’s Grant, gifted by Dean Allyson Green.
New Music USA for their grant, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Helen F. Whitaker fund, The Aaron Copland fund for Music, Inc., New York State Council on the Arts.