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The OPERA America Songbook - Volume 3

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.
Genre: Classical: Opera
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Time to Begin
Jesse Blumberg & Ben Moore
3:25 $0.99
2. An Opera House
Rebecca Duren & Jeff Lankov
5:57 $0.99
3. Epilogue: Under the Blessing of Your Psyche Wings
Nathan Wyatt & Lucas Wong
4:10 $0.99
4. Down to the Twigs & Seeds
Sara Jakubiak & David Holkeboer
4:01 $0.99
5. That Night With the Green Sky
Mellissa Hughes & Thomas Bagwell
4:49 $0.99
6. Sound, Breaking Away
Darren K. Stokes & David Holkeboer
5:53 $0.99
7. Feng Shui for Your New Home
Talise Trevigne & Kelly Horsted
6:45 $0.99
8. A Home At Last for Opera America
Jeffrey R. Gwaltney & Djordje Nesic
3:22 $0.99
9. Ballad of the Happy Kitchen
Kelly Ann Bixby & Thomas Bagwell
6:00 $0.99
10. Here Is a Place
Jesse Blumberg & Djordje Nesic
3:16 $0.99
11. Amina in White Flowing Robes
John Margolis & Bob Telson
4:14 $0.99
12. M.A.R.Y.
Peter Kendall Clark & Djordje Nesic
4:08 $0.99
13. Sudden Light
Emalie Savoy & Nathan Brandwein
3:29 $0.99
14. Open Up the House
Merrin Lazyan & Tae Kim
2:45 $0.99
15. Unending Story
Marquita Lister, Marvin Mills & Marc A. Scorca
3:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
VOLUME 3 of 3

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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