A unique and captivating opera
based on Eugene Ionesco's play French Conversation and Diction Exercises for American Students
Composed by Ionel Petroi and directed by Susan Gonzalez
Aliya Akamensh, Soprano
Lauren Alfano, Soprano
Ali Pendergast, Soprano
Emmanuelle Bordas, Soprano
Nicholas Tamagna, Countertenor
Dewey Moss, Baritone
Manny Ribes, Baritone
George Heath, Bass-Baritone
Jennifer M.Cancelado, Piano
Tatjana Rankovich, Piano
Ionel Petroi, Piano
Samuel Budish, Percussion
Schihiro Shibayama, Percussion
Ionel Petroi has written more than 50 orchestral, chamber music, ballet music, opera and instrumental ensemble works (also with data-processing devices). His works have been performed and premiered by major orchestras and ensembles around the world, and have been broadcast for radio and television by radio France, TF1, FR2, FR3 and Canal Plus, as well as in Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Luxembourg Spain, Yugoslavia, Romania, Russia and the USA. Universal Music Publishing Classical (Durand, Salabert), Ricordi and IBOX publish his music and iTunes, Amazon, Yahoo Music, Best Buy, Rhapsody, Napster, MSN Music etc, and CD Baby distribute his music.
“…Ionel Petroi composes works in the vein of “music relative”, which follow the rhythmic patterns worthy of Stravinsky” (Anne Rey, Le Monde)
“…Ionel Petroi is a highly original composer” (The Stone, New York)
“…Plus, listen for the Bill Evans-meets-Messiaen stride Balkan stylings of Ionel Petroi” (John Schaefer, WNYC).
Susan Gonzales stages productions at Hunter College as well as regional professional musical organizations. She has also directed OUTREACH OPERA throughout various middle schools in the New York City boroughs. She has devoted herself to the ongoing evolution of acting singers with detailed work and sincerity of expression. Susan gravitated to the stage early in life as a professional actress with regional theatre companies. She studied theater and acted professionally for years prior to her operatic affiliation and feels very comfortable working as a stage director.
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