Latest East Village Opera Company Stories

2008-09-26 09:00:25

By Kim Nowacki East village opera company Rock 'n' roll opera at the Capitol Next week, the Capitol Theatre's 2008-09 Best of Broadway series opens with the rock opera styling of the East Village Opera Company. Initially created as a one-off project by Canadians Peter Kiesewalter and Tyley Ross in 2004, the East Village Opera Company recently released its third album of opera arias reimagined as rock numbers -- albeit over-the-top rock numbers. On "Olde School" (Decca Records),...

2008-09-19 15:00:32

By CRAIG SMITH When I first heard about East Village Opera Company's specialty of rock, jazz, or pop-song renditions of operatic arias, I was skeptical. When Olde School, the company's new disc, crossed my desk, I was even more dubious. Eeeeeee, I thought, what's this going to be like? But after several listenings, I became a convert. Not at the head of the choir, perhaps, but definitely in the fold. Several reasons. For one, the performances are first-rate, both technically and...

2008-09-15 18:00:22

By Emily Van Cleve For the Journal Canadian-born singer Tyley Ross was trained in classical vocal techniques during his youth, but he never sang operatic arias. He was more interested in rock music and relished the opportunity to sing in a Canadian production of The Who's rock opera "Tommy." "I got into classical arias when I lived in New York and got a role in a 2001 Canadian film about a character who wanted to be an opera singer," he explained. "That's when I met Canadian musician Peter...

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