AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PRINCIPAL YOUTH CAST!

MONDAY FEBRUARY 4th

FROM 5:30-8:30 PM

OJAI VALLEY SCHOOL 
GREENBERG AUDITORIUM

Please bring a classical art song, aria or folk song in English, no more than two minutes in length.
Performers may be asked to do a brief rhythm dictation and read select parts from the libretto.
We will have 6 time slots available: 5:30-6, 6-6:30, 6:30-7, 7-7:30, 7:30-8 and 8-8:30

If you wish to be scheduled for an audition please email
ojaiyouthopera@gmail.com with your preferred half hour slot and subject title, AUDITIONS

We look forward to seeing you and are thrilled to embark on our new world premiere, connecting so many talented young artists in our community with professionals the world over!

See you in February and sending you much joy in music, from all of us at
Ojai Youth Opera.
 

SYNOPSIS

            NIGHTINGALE AND THE TOWER is an electronic Chamber Opera created for six professional adult singers from the Opera world, twenty Youth Company members, ages 7-18, orchestra, synthesizers and earth harp. Combining elements of digital and acoustic sounds, this pioneering new work from groundbreaking classical composer, Jason Treuting, Grammy Award Winning musician, Mikael Jorgensen and vocal visionary, Rebecca Comerford, melds the elements of a rich neo-classical score, alongside electronic and synthesized textures to create a bold, multi-disciplinary work of art never before seen.                        

THIS IS A STORY ABOUT a young boy’s odyssey to find himself while discovering the delicate balance between technology and the environment in a dystopian world that no longer seeks value in nature or it’s wild imperfections.

                        Somewhere in the not-too-distant future a Nightingale is born, heralding the dawn of a new epoch.  However, this mythical bird is born with a broken wing and does not possess the ability to fly. The Oracle explains that the The Nightingale is a harbinger of change.  In a neighborhood at the edge of the forest, ten-year-old Teo lives with his single mother Sandra. His neighbors are Margot, Annalise and Leah, their parents Liza and John, and a troubled young man named Rusty and his ill-tempered father, Pete, who is raising him alone.

Teo’s spinal cord has been damaged due to an accident he had when he was a little boy and confines him to a wheelchair. Despite this disability, he spends all of his free time in nature.  His quiet strength motivates his actions causing him to appear less earthbound. As Teo and the neighborhood children come home from school one day they stumble upon the newly born Nightingale, who is struggling to move her broken wing.  With the exception of Teo, these kids spend most of their time on screens and are unsure of what to do with the wounded bird. Teo notices that when he sings to The Nightingale, she strengthens.  When Rusty maliciously throws stones at The Nightingale, Teo defends the bird and makes it his mission to rescue the animal and rehabilitate it. Thus begins a journey into the deepest parts of the forest where Teo encounters The Tower, a giant supercomputer that holds a copy of all human achievement and collective consciousness.  

The Tower is run by a mercurial Empress and twin princess programmers.  After encountering the Tower, Teo is forced to question everything he was ever taught about the environment around him.  In order to save the Nightingale, Teo realizes he must embrace the capabilities of The Tower and utilize it for good. The Tower confronts The Children and their parents, who are consumed by their seduction with technology, with uncomfortable truths about themselves.  Can the neighborhood children heal the Nightingale by finding a balance between nature and technology and in turn, heal themselves?

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SUPPORT OJAI YOUTH OPERA ON GIVING TUESDAY— NOVEMBER 27th— AND SUPPORT ART THAT INNOVATES AND INSPIRES!

NIGHTINGALE AND THE TOWER is an electronic Chamber Opera created for six professional adult singers from the Opera world, twenty Youth Company members, ages 7-18, orchestra, synthesizers and earth harp. Combining elements of digital and acoustic sounds, this pioneering new work from groundbreaking classical composer, Jason Treuting and Grammy Award Winning folk-rock musician, Mikael Jorgensen, melds the elements of a rich neo-classical score, alongside electronic and synthesized textures to create a bold, multi-disciplinary work of art never before seen.  THIS IS A STORY ABOUT the delicate balance children must tread between technology and the environment, in a dystopian world that no longer seeks value in nature or it’s wild and beautiful imperfections.

NIGHTINGALE AND THE TOWER WILL HAVE A WORLD PREMIERE ON MAY 18th and 19th at OJAI'S LIBBEY BOWL, WITH SOME OF THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST FROM THE CLASSICAL MUSIC WORLD ALONGSIDE OJAI YOUTH OPERA COMPANY MEMBERS. 

ALL DONATIONS FROM GIVING TUESDAY WILL GO TOWARD PRODUCTION COSTS FOR ALL YOUTH COMPANY MEMBERS. Your gift is fully tax deductible and all donations made from Giving Tuesday ensure OYO continues to offer free music education programming and training to our company members regardless of economic background on a need-blind basis.Please click the DONATE buttons on this site to make your tax-deductible donation now. This holiday season we are particularly grateful to you, our amazing supporters, who have spurred our growth these past few years into a non-profit organization that brings classical music education and performance practice of the highest standards to opera lovers, young and old, here in our beautiful Ojai Valley. We truly couldn't do it without you!


MASTER CLASS WITH METROPOLITAN OPERA & LA OPERA DIRECTOR LOUISA MULLER!

OYO spent a thrilling afternoon in a Master Class with Metropolitan Opera and LA Opera Director, Louisa Muller. Louisa is currently directing Placido Domingo in LA Opera's mesmerizing production of Don Carlo. Click HERE to see her full bio.

This unique, free event saw the public in attendance to observe as several of our OYO kids got one-on-one direction from Ms. Muller. What an incredibly inspiring and insightful afternoon— we are so grateful to Louisa for taking the time to share her gifts with us! Our kids loved every minute and learned so much, as did the audience, in a Q&A session following the scenework with our OYO performers.



OYO'S 2018 SUMMER INTENSIVE WORKSHOP WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Our 2018 Summer Program is in the history books! With an entirely new venue at OVS and some wonderful new faculty joining us, it was another magical summer as our students worked hard, had fun & put on two incredible shows! Video coming soon!

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THE ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA ON AUGUST 4th WAS A ROUSING SUCCESS!

The Ojai community enjoyed thrilling performances by 4 opera stars, OYO faculty & select students. Food, drink & our wonderful live auction were all to support the 1st stand-alone youth opera in the Unites States! 


NEW VENUE FOR 2018 SUMMER WORKSHOP!

OYO is excited to announce that we will hold this year's Summer Workshop at the beautiful Ojai Valley School Lower Campus in downtown Ojai. We will have the performance space of Greenberg Activity Center & abundant rehearsal space! 


THE MUSIC OF TEREZIN-- free film for the public!

APRIL 4 2018 at 7PM     Jewish Community Center in Ojai, 530 W. E Roblar Avenue

The Music of Terezín: The Jewish Community of Ojai and the Ojai Youth Opera join in presenting Robert Elias, Director of the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School, on April 4, 2018 at 7PM. The presentation is free and open to the public.

 The 1993 film, The Music of Terezín, a BBC/Czech TV co-production directed by Simon Broughton, will be shown. This film was shown twice on the BBC and once on Czech Television, and never broadcast again. It has never been broadcast or distributed in the US. The film is 70 minutes long.

From the director: “During World War II the Terezín (Theresienstadt) ghetto saw a truly remarkable burst of artistic creativity in the face of adversity. This award-winning documentary is the definitive film on Terezín and its music…The Music of Terezín looks at the four major composers who were writing music in the ghetto: Gideon Klein, Pavel Haas, Hans Krása, and Viktor Ullmann. They all perished and represent a lost generation in Czech music. The film includes interviews and performances. With lots of archive footage, musical performances strikingly shot on location in the attics and cellars of the ghetto, and moving personal testimonies, this is a story of musical creativity that resonates far beyond the walls of the ghetto.”

The Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices: This presentation is made possible by the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices at the Colburn School. The Initiative was established by a grant from Marilyn Ziering, and focuses on the performance, advocacy, and dissemination of music by composers suppressed during the years of the Nazi regime. James Conlon serves as Artistic Advisor for the Initiative and is director of the Los Angeles Opera’s groundbreaking Recovered Voices project, also supported by Marilyn Ziering. The performance of music by these composers is encouraged within the Colburn Conservatory of Music’s solo, orchestral, and chamber music activities. The Initiative encourages research and academic activities through creative collaborations, conferences, concerts, and publishing. 

As part of the Initiative, the Colburn Conservatory of Music offers a semester-long seminar once a year on Recovered Voices, taught and overseen by James Conlon with assistance of Robert Elias and invited guests. Recovered Voices is used by permission of LA Opera..

In addition to the oversight of Maestro Conlon and Mr. Elias, the Initiative is supervised by the Dean of the Colburn Conservatory, and benefits greatly from the interest and commitment of the Conservatory’s internationally recognized faculty and staff.

The Colburn School: The Colburn School comprises four academic units united by a single philosophy that all who desire to study music and dance should have access to top-level training. The degree-granting Conservatory of Music, the Community School of Performing Arts, the Music Academy for pre-college musicians, and the Trudl Zipper Dance Institute provide performing arts training to over 2,000 students from the Los Angeles area and around the world. The renowned teachers, performers, and scholars that make up Colburn’s dedicated faculty serve as invaluable mentors to guide students’ artistic development.


EXCITING NEWS! OYO is hard at work creating our 2019 featured production The Nightingale & The Tower (see our Featured Production page) as well as our 2018 Annual Summer Workshop featuring Judith Vander's The Snow Queen (see our Workshops page). We are thrilled to be working with incredible composers Judith Vander, Jason Treating & Mikael Jorgensen.

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2018 REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

CONTANDO ESPANOL-- our 6th year of OYO SUMMER CAMP has just concluded! 2 weeks celebrating Spanish Opera, Zarzuela and Spanish Art Song culminated in 2 magnificent performances at the Ojai Art Center Theater on August 18th & August 20th. If you missed the sold out, standing-room-only performances, we will have a video up soon. THANK YOU to everyone who came out and supported these incredible workshop performers, whose magic never ceases to amaze us all!

All photos by Kevin King

 

 


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 "BRUNDIBAR", OUR 2017 FEATURED PRODUCTION, WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!!

See the Brundibar Page for more details.


2016 OYO GALA WAS A SMASH!

This past Saturday OYO held their annual fundraising gala at the Ojai Art Center. The house was packed and those in attendance were treated to a stunningly beautiful concert featuring OYO founders, students and --surprise!-- world-class opera stars as guests. If you missed the event, you can still make a tax-deductible donation to OYO anytime by clicking here.

All photos by Kevin King.

 

2016 SUMMER WORKSHOP  "ITALIAN MASTERS" WAS A STELLAR SUCCESS!

We are still giddy from the resounding success of our 5th year of OYO Summer Workshop!  For two weeks, our young performers worked hard learning Baroque Italian Operas-- and having lots of fun! The culminating performances at the Ojai Art Center on August 13th and 14th were nothing short of spellbinding.

All photos by Kevin King.

LITTLE STARS GALA CONCERT LIT UP OJAI December 15th 

Ojai Youth Opera in cooperation with Thacher School  presented international superstar youth choir Zvjezdice  (Little Stars) Ojai was thrilled to experience the world-renowned youth choir  Zvjezdice "Little Stars" (think Vienna Boys Choir 2.0 version!)  in Ojai with special guest performances by Thacher Chamber Choir,  OYES and OYO. We rang in the Holidays with incredible spirit & song at Thacher School Auditorium.

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