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The OPERA America Songbook

by Various Artists

Commissioned in celebration of the opening of the National Opera Center in New York, OPERA America presents a 3-volume collection of songs, which represent the distinctive voices of some of today’s most important established and emerging opera composers.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. An Opera House
Sara Jakubiak & Lowell Liebermann
5:33 album only
2. First Sonnet to Orpheus
Elizabeth Futral & William Hobbs
3:47 album only
3. You Need Song
Jennifer Aylmer & Timothy Long
4:44 album only
4. Farmstand Now Open
Audrey Babcock & Craig Ketter
2:23 album only
5. My House, I Say
Meghan Picerno & Craig Ketter
3:28 album only
6. House and Home
Emalie Savoy & Nathan Brandwein
2:50 album only
7. Second Breath
Fang-Tao Jiang & Steven Graff
7:57 album only
8. Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
Jesse Blumberg & Djordje Nesic
5:23 album only
9. La Tour
Jennifer Aylmer & Timothy Long
3:26 album only
10. Look Down, Love
Peter Kendall Clark & Djordje Nesic
4:54 album only
11. Himmelfarbenlied
Kelly Ann Bixby & Thomas Bagwell
3:01 album only
12. Homeward
Mary Mackenzie & Craig Ketter
6:08 album only
13. Anacrusis
Robert Orth & Thomas Bagwell
3:09 album only
14. Summer Stars
Amy Burton & John Musto
3:19 album only
15. Here
Jesse Blumberg & Djordje Nesic
2:36 album only
16. Home, With Illustrations
Jennifer Check & William Hobbs
5:45 album only
17. Bless This, Our Lovely Home
Elizabeth Futral & Ricky Ian Gordon
3:50 album only
18. Our Haven
Leah Edwards & David Holkeboer
5:49 album only
19. Archaeology
Eve Gigliotti & William Hobbs
4:57 album only
20. Black Hat
Jo Ellen Miller & Kelly Horsted
2:13 album only
21. Building a House
Jennifer Check & Lori Laitman
3:16 album only
22. I Hear America Singing
Talise Trevigne & Kelly Horsted
2:34 album only
23. Our House
Leah Edwards & David Holkeboer
2:04 album only
24. Song of the Last Crossing
Audrey Babcock & Craig Ketter
6:22 album only
25. The Props Assist the House
Peter Kendall Clark & Djordje Nesic
2:28 album only
26. A New Home
Lauren Flanigan & Christopher Cooley
6:23 album only
27. Where the Bee Sucks
Theo Bleckmann & Timothy Andres
1:23 album only
28. A Home in the Golden Gate
Keith Jameson & Craig Ketter
5:22 album only
29. Bridegroom, Dear to My Heart
Sarah Lambert & William Hobbs
4:00 album only
30. Ode to the Promised Land
Brenda Feliciano & Pablo Zinger
4:14 album only
31. The Distance to the Market
Christopher Burchett & Timothy Long
4:13 album only
32. Start
Susanna Phillips & Myra Huang
3:06 album only
33. The Time to Begin
Jesse Blumberg & Ben Moore
3:25 album only
34. An Opera House
Rebecca Duren & Jeff Lankov
5:57 album only
35. Epilogue: Under the Blessing of Your Psyche Wings
Nathan Wyatt & Lucas Wong
4:10 album only
36. Down to the Twigs & Seeds
Sara Jakubiak & David Holkeboer
4:01 album only
37. That Night With the Green Sky
Mellissa Hughes & Thomas Bagwell
4:49 album only
38. Sound, Breaking Away
Darren K. Stokes & David Holkeboer
5:53 album only
39. Feng Shui for Your New Home
Talise Trevigne & Kelly Horsted
6:45 album only
40. A Home At Last for Opera America
Jeffrey R. Gwaltney & Djordje Nesic
3:22 album only
41. Ballad of the Happy Kitchen
Kelly Ann Bixby & Thomas Bagwell
6:00 album only
42. Here Is a Place
Jesse Blumberg & Djordje Nesic
3:16 album only
43. Amina in White Flowing Robes
John Margolis & Bob Telson
4:14 album only
44. M.A.R.Y.
Peter Kendall Clark & Djordje Nesic
4:08 album only
45. Sudden Light
Emalie Savoy & Nathan Brandwein
3:29 album only
46. Open Up the House
Merrin Lazyan & Tae Kim
2:45 album only
47. Unending Story (feat. Marvin Mills & Marc A. Scorca)
Marquita Lister
3:38 album only


Album Notes
3-Disc Set with booklet (includes all texts)

Believing that the creation of art should mark every special occasion, OPERA America
commissioned the OPERA America Songbook in celebration of the opening of the National Opera Center.
Built to create an artistic and administrative home for the field, the Opera Center will offer an array
of new programs and services for artists, producers and enthusiasts. It seems especially appropriate
that OPERA America’s first-ever direct commission should commemorate the opening of the field’s
first-ever Opera Center.

OPERA America invited 70 composers to write a song that celebrates the opening of a new home, the
joy of singing or the excitement of new beginnings. Participating composers are artists whose works
have received grant support from OPERA America and who have participated in annual conferences
as keynote speakers, on grant panels and in Salon Series events over the last decade. OPERA America
is thrilled to present this collection of songs, which represents the distinctive voices of some of today’s
most important established and emerging opera composers.

Marc A. Scorca
OPERA America
President and CEO
September, 2012

Special Thanks to: Music Director William Hobbs, Recording Engineer Jeremy Gerard and all the composers, singers and pianists who made this recording possible.

OPERA America is the national, nonprofit service organization for opera. Established in 1970, OPERA
America leads and serves the entire opera community in supporting the creation, presentation and
enjoyment of opera. Drawing on expertise from within and beyond the field, OPERA America provides
members with essential tools to increase the level of creativity, excellence, effectiveness and relevance
of opera and opera companies across the country. A broad range of artistic, administrative and educational
services address the specific needs of artists, opera company staff, trustees and volunteers.

OPERA America’s National Opera Center
Built specifically for the opera industry by OPERA America, the new National Opera Center in New
York combines outstanding space and equipment with professional services developed over more than
40 years of serving the field. The National Opera Center responds to the critical need across the field
for suitable audition and recording facilities in New York City. Specially-equipped rooms facilitate coproduction
meetings, design presentations and professional development activities, as well as a wide
range of artistic work – from vocal coachings and master classes to readings of new operas. State-ofthe-
art electronic media technology for streaming and video conferencing overcomes the barrier of
geography, making the National Opera Center the heart of an industry that is widely dispersed, yet
highly collaborative.

Production information

The Opera America Songbook was recorded, edited and mastered at Gurari Studios in New York City in the summer of 2012. (Bob Telson’s song was recorded and edited by Bob Telson at his studio in Buenos Aires.)

Production staff:
Music Director: William Hobbs
Recording Engineer: Jeremy Gerard
Supervising Producer: Cara Consilvio
Commission and Publication Manager: Lyndsay Werking
Executive Producer: Laura Lee Everett



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