Penelope and the Geese, a new chamber opera by Milica Paranosic (composer) and Cheri Magid (librettist), is a retelling of the Penelope story from The Odyssey in which Penelope, rather than chastely waiting twenty years for Odysseus' return, explores her sexuality and her self. The opera is scored for harp, flute and cello and those instruments' ancient twins, Greek lyre, aulos and Serbian gusle, and is performed by an all female cast. Co-produced by ShoutOut Saugerties and The Theoria Foundation Penelope will be presented at the Broken Wing Barn, Saugerties, NY directed by Mo Zhou, conducted by Mila Henry, and will feature performances by Hai-Ting Chinn, Joy Jan Jones and Lynne Procope and a chorus of regional singers. They will be accompanied by musicians Jennifer DeVore, Margaret Lancester, and Mia Theodoratus. A public presentation will take place June 24th at 7 PM. For more information: Shoutoutsaugerties.org.
Friday, June 24, 2022 7:00 PM 8:30 PM
Broken Wing Barn at White Feather Farm
1389 New York 212 Saugerties, NY, 12477
Hai-Ting Chinn, Joy Jan Jones, Lynne Procope, Margaret Lancaster, Liann Cline, Jennifer DeVore, Mo Zhou, Mila Henri, Millicent Young, Cheri Magid, Milica Paranosic and the community chorus: Amy Jane Steiner, Elena Batt and Lyndsay von Miller. Produced by Carmela Marner.
Presented by Shout Our Saugerties and Theoria Foundation.
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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)
Cello/Gusle: Jennifer Devore (FB: Jennifer Devore)
Aphrodite: Kimberly Chaterjee
Production Manager: Erin Cass
Production Assistant: Kelsey Sullivan (IG: @kelsey_sullivan__)
Special Thanks to Josepha Gutelius and Benno Schmidbauer for access to their picturesque home.
Suzanne Bennett and Shout Out Saugerties for co-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.