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June 1, 2017

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” - George Bernard Shaw

It is an inherit human need to want to be acknowledged, to be understood, to be heard. Everyone needs to have a voice. Our society listens to respond instead of listening to understand. We do not take the time to actively engage the people in our lives. We move so quickly that all meaning is lost. This is an issue at the heart of Aaron Copland's The Tender Land

On stage this weekend, you will see many different forms of communic...

May 31, 2017

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...

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, Op...

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 Hi...

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 o...

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 M...

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 mos...

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 product...