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RECENT ENGAGEMENTS

Darkling  ||  Third Eye Theatre Ensemble

October 2019

 

Greg conducted nine performance of Stefan Weisman's Darkling for Third Eye Theatre Ensemble.  The opera, based on Anna Rabinowitz's book-length acrostic poem of the same name, is an artistic collaboration written for singers, actors, and mixed media.  The atmospheric and visceral work centers upon a woman (Anna) who sifts through a box of old photographs and letters found in her late father’s closet.  It recalls fragments of lives that were lost when their owners perished in the Holocaust, and, in the words of the poet herself, asks the viewer to consider stories that are “pleading to be flossed from the teeth of silence.”

Gianni Schicchi  ||  Night of Italian Opera

March 2019

Greg conducted a concert performance of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi for a Night of Italian Opera fundraiser in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  Proceeds went to benefit Shelter for All, a charity dedicated to housing the homeless and providing affordable housing in DuPage County.

Don Pasquale  ||  CCM Opera Boot Camp

July 2018

As a part of CCM's summer opera program, Greg conducted half of Act I of Donizetti's comic opera, featuring Met Opera veteran Vernon Hartman in the title role, and sang

in the chorus.  The rest of the cast and orchestra featured current CCM students.

Die Zauberflöte  ||  Opera On Tap Phoenix

April 2018

Stage director Timothy Nelson's six-singer interpretation of Die Zauberflöte featured Mozart's original music and new texts in English, French, Japanese, and America Sign Language.

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci  ||  Main Street Opera

September 2017

Falstaff  ||  Main Street Opera

September 2016

La traviata  ||  CCM Opera Boot Camp

July 2016

As a part of CCM's summer opera program, Greg conducted half of Act I of Verdi's tragic opera, performed the role of Giuseppe, covered the role of Gastone, and sang

in the chorus.  The rest of the cast and orchestra featured current CCM students.

Le nozze di Figaro  ||  /kor/ productions

May 2016

Once again Greg joins /kor/ to conduct one of Mozart’s most beloved operas,

which was performed in Berger Park Mansion and The Growling Rabbit in Rogers Park.

www.korproductions.org

Gianni Schicchi  ||  Northwestern University

December 2015

Conducting Masterclass with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa

October and November, 2015

 

Greg traveled to Xalapa, Mexico to with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa and its

Music Director, Lanfranco Marcelletti, in a masterclass including works by Beethoven, Dvorak, Debussy, Silvestre Revueltas, and Pablo Moncayo.

www.orquestasinfonicadexalapa.com

Die Walküre - Act I and Walkürenritt  ||  No Little Plans Opera

April 2015

 

No Little Plans explores Wagner's Ring Cycle with concert performances of Act I of

Die Walküre and the famous Ride of the Valkyries (Walkürenritt) in the Playhouse Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.

Falstaff  ||  /kor/ productions

October & November, 2014

Lucia di Lammermoor  ||  Main Street Opera

September 2014

A Night of American Opera  ||  Chicago Opera Initiative

November 2013

 

A collection of scenes from rarely-performed selections of

20th-century American operas.  Greg performed a scene from 

Douglas Moore’s Gallantry.

 

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi  ||  Main Street Opera

September 2013

 

Die Fledermaus  ||  American Chamber Opera

April 2013

 

Greg was the conductor and stage director for this production.

 

Forest Fantasies  ||  Lingerie Lyrique

December 2012

 

Greg served as music director and conductor for this burlesque opera company’s production of Forest Fantasies at The Den Theatre in Wicker Park.  Scenes selected from Massenet’s Cendrillon, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Snegurochka (The Snow Maiden),

Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Rossini’s Armida.

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