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A Sweet Silence in Cremona

A Sneak Peek Co-Presented with Center for Contemporary Opera

Monday, November 30, 2020
5:00 pm


A Sweet Silence in Cremona
A new opera with music by Roberto Scarcella Perino, libretto by Mark Campbell

A Sneak Peek in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Opera

Roberto Scarcella Perino, composer
Mark Campbell, librettist

with special guests
Jessica Fishenfeld, soprano
Andrea Obiso, violinist

Introduced by
Francesca Campagna, General Director, Center for Contemporary Opera
Stefano Albertini, NYU

Broadcast on our Facebook Page and website

While we await the return of live performances around the world, the Center for Contemporary Opera presents a unique series of free events featuring internationally renowned artists, music and exclusive videos. As they state: “We believe that music and arts will have a Renaissance and we will be ready!”

During this special sneak peek of new opera A Sweet Silence in Cremona, we meet with Roberto Scarcella Perino (composer) and Mark Campbell (librettist) for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at this incredible story. The hour-long conversation will be accompanied by musical segments featuring Jessica Fishenfeld (soprano) and Andrea Obiso (violinist).

Center for Contemporary Opera
About Center for Contemporary Opera
Over 38 seasons, the company has produced over 150 operas by 85 composers, 20 of them world premieres. Particular premiere highlights include Michael Dellaira’s Secret Agent (2011; Kaye Playhouse in New York, Armel Festival in Szeged, and Opéra Théâtre d’Avignon), Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre (2016; Kay Playhouse, CD released by Naxos in 2017) and the US premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Anaïs Nin/Odysseus’ Women (2016; National Sawdust in Brooklyn). Although they are the nation’s oldest opera company devoted to contemporary opera, CCO is very much a work in progress. Francesca Campagna, CCO’s General Director since 2019, has been working to expand the company’s footprint in New York, to form partnerships with like-minded institutions, and to identify gifted composers with distinct voices. Under Francesca, CCO is creating a bridge between the new opera worlds of Europe and the US, focusing on subjects of social relevance and ecological sustainability. CCO is focusing on becoming a carbon neutral opera company. It has been awarded an Opera America Innovation Grant in support of this initiative with the goal of becoming a model for others in the industry.