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Joseph Hodge on Copland

I had the opportunity to sit down with conductor, Joseph A. Hodge this week and learn more about his feelings on The Tender Land and the experience so far. Rachel - I imagine you've conducted many pieces by Aaron Copland in your career! Can you remember the first piece you conducted by him? Joseph - The first piece by Copland that I ever conducted was Appalachian Spring, the chamber orchestra arrangement for 13 instruments—interestingly enough, the same exact orchestration we’re using for The Tender Land. I performed it on my final recital during the last year of my undergraduate studies. Rachel - What attracts you to Copland's music? Joseph - Copland is considered by many to be father of t

Tender Land Tuesday Feature - Jermaine Woodard Jr.

Happy Tuesday, opera fans! Our final cast feature is baritone, Jermaine Woodard Jr. Jermaine will be playing the role of Mr. Jenks in The Tender Land. If you do not have your tickets...what are you waiting for?!? Visit Today Tix online or their app and get them today! Jermaine Woodard Jr. is a graduate in Voice Performance from The University of Hartford’s Hartt School studying with Cherie Caluda and Eric Trudel. Jermaine has performed in several opera productions with Virginia Opera, Lyric Opera of Virginia, Hartford Opera Theatre, Opera Connecticut, The Governor’s School for the Arts, and Hartt Opera Theatre. His work with choral ensembles include New England’s artistically-acclaimed CONCO

Spotlight Sunday - Nikita Mallach

We are less than a week from opening night and things are moving and grooving over here! We loaded The Tender Land into the Aetna Theater at the Wadsworth Atheneum this week and are excited to bring this to an audience. If you do not have your tickets yet you can visit The Tender Land page on our website or take advantage of the special discounts being offered throughout the week at Today Tix! Today, our featured artist is actress, Nikita Mallach. Niki is playing the role of Beth this Friday & Sunday. Nikita Mallach is a Junior at Conard High and American School for the Deaf. She loves sports and acting. Nikita has been involved in the Cridders shows annually since 2014. She has also partici

Tender Tand Tuesday - Schauntice Marshall

It's Tuesday! Today, we are featuring soprano, Schauntice Marshall who will be playing the role of Mrs. Jenks in The Tender Land. If you don't have your tickets yet, head over to The Tender Land page and click buy tickets. We want to see you on June 2 & 4 at the Aetna Theater! Check back here later this week for more exciting announcements! The Washington, D.C. soprano, Schauntice Marshall, has a golden gift to touch and warm your heart, and has a refreshing sense of wholeness for the spirit and soul. After graduating from Ellington School of the Arts, Schauntice pursued her studies at Shenandoah University – Conservatory, and completed her graduate professional diploma in voice at the Hartt

Spotlight Sunday - Michael McAvoy

It's Spotlight Sunday time! Today, we are featuring baritone, Michael McAvoy. He will be playing Top in The Tender Land -- June 2 & 4 at the Aetna Theatre at the Wadsworth Atheneum. To purchase tickets click here. Baritone Michael McAvoy is a Connecticut native and graduate of UCONN, where he earned his Vocal Performance degree studying under Dr. Constance Rock. He won first place in Opera Theatre of Connecticut’s Amici Vocal Competition and later played Curio in their production of Julius Caesar in Egypt. Michael has since performed with various opera companies, most notably Bronx Opera, Light Opera of NY, Vocal Productions NYC, Hartford Opera Theater and Opera Naples, where he participate

Tender Land Tuesday Feature - Nigel Rowe

It is Tuesday and time to introduce you to another member of The Tender Land cast. Today's featured artist is tenor, Nigel Rowe. Nigel will be playing the role of Mr. Splinters. If you have not purchased your tickets for the show, you can do so on our website and learn more about the production by connecting to the Tender Land page. Nigel is a native of West Hartford, CT and attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, sparking his interest in theatre and classical music. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in 2014, where he performed as Jack in Sondheim’s Into the Woods, Mr. Splinters in Aaron Copland's The Tender Land, as well as Ouf in Emmanuel Cha

Spotlight Sunday - Janelle Robinson

Happy Spotlight Sunday, everyone! We are very excited to present our featured artist, Janelle Robinson who will be singing the role of Ma Moss in The Tender Land on June 2 & 4 at The Aetna Theatre at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Tickets are going fast! You can purchase them through our website by clicking here. For the past twenty years, Janelle Anne Robinson has enjoyed an ongoing professional career on the operatic and musical theater stage. Her performances span several countries including France, Canada and Japan as well as most of the continental United States. Recently, Janelle received the 2014 Connecticut Critic’s Choice award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical fo

Tender Land Tuesday Feature - Caleb Alexander & Lindsay Cabaniss

It's Tuesday, which means it is time for more artist features! This time we are happy to introduce Caleb Alexander and Lindsay Cabaniss. Caleb and Lindsay will both be part of the ensemble and covering Mr. & Mrs. Splinters respectively. If you do not have your tickets for The Tender Land you can purchase them now through our website. Just click the red box at the top of the page. Caleb Alexander is a sophomore in vocal performance at the Hartt School of Music. He is looking forward to being a part of Connecticut Opera Theater's production of The Tender land. Caleb's recent credits include "The Page" in Amahl and the Night Visitorsand "The Schoolmaster" in The Cunning Little Vixen, both perfo

Spotlight Sunday - Darius Gillard

It's Sunday and time to introduce you to another artist in the cast of The Tender Land. You can see them all on stage at the Aetna Theatre at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art this June. Today's spotlight is on tenor, Darius Gillard. Darius will be making his Hartford Opera debut this year in the role of Martin. Tenor Darius Gillard is steadily gaining momentum on regional operatic circuits. Praised for his warm legato and charismatic presence, he excels in the lyric repertoire. Having spent the majority of his career as a lyric baritone, he made a speedy switch to tenor in 2016 and made a role debut the same year as Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette at the Power Center for the Performi

Tender Land Tuesday Feature - Caroline Midgette-Ismail

Happy Tuesday! Do you have your tickets to The Tender Land yet? They are on sale! You can link to buy them directly on our website. Today's artist feature is mezzo-soprano, Caroline Midgette-Ismail. Caroline will be playing Mrs. Splinters and covering the role of Ma Moss. Caroline Midgette-Ismail (Mrs. Splinters, Ma Moss/Understudy) is thrilled to debut with Hartford Opera Theater in The Tender Land as Mrs. Splinters and the understudy for Ma Moss. During her career, she has performed repertoire ranging from Sacred Classical music to Romantic Operas. Caroline has performed roles including the pant-roles Cherubino and Siebel from Le Nozze di Figaro and Faust to the grand operatic roles of C

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