We are a new opera company dedicated to bringing immersive relevant opera experiences to the greater Boston community, while advocating for emerging young artists and fostering partnerships among arts organizations and small business. In today’s arts culture, opera is often shrugged off as stuffy, boring, and unintelligible. We strive to reverse that thinking by producing immersive modern adaptations of classic operas with relevant themes and important stories for our time.
Our inaugural production, Justice or Mercy: An Immersive Production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, was performed in Cambridge, MA in August 2017. Sung in Italian with dialogue in English translated and adapted by Carolyn Balkovetz and direction by Cesara Walters, we guided audiences through the offices and halls of President Tito’s headquarters, walking them through different rooms and spaces as the political scandals unfold. That’s right! A moving production, one that will entice, intrigue, and yes, move you!
Rachel Davies, mezzo-soprano, is pursuing a Masters in Opera Performance in Cambridge, MA, where she studies with Robert Honeysucker. Recent roles include Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking with Miami Music Festival, Nicklausse/The Voice in Les Contes d’Hoffman at Longy School of Music,Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos with Lowell House Opera, and Juditha (cover) in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with Eudaimonia . Rachel is active in the Boston music community and has recently sung, Chorus in Apollo et Hyacinthus with Emmanuel Music and sings regularly at Church on the Hill. She has sung in masterclasses with Christine Brewer, Caren Levine, Anthony Manoli, Manny Perez, Noblezza Pilar, Stephanie C. Braun, Louis Berkot, Jane Struss, and Anna Gabrielli.
She graduated Magna cum laude from University of Dallas in Irving, TX with an Bachelor’s in English Literature with honors and a Concentration in Vocal Performance, where she studied with Marilyn Walker. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an experienced teacher. Through performing and teaching, Rachel developed the conviction that music, stories, and specifically opera are the perfect response to Emily Dickinson’s exhortation to “Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant.” They are about as close as we come to universally human arts. At their best, they can invite anyone to conversations about truths that might otherwise be too difficult or too bright to engage directly. This belief and a love of faithful but innovative productions inspired her and her colleagues to form Promenade Opera Project to create intimate performances that invite people to the conversations about the Truth through thoughtful and honest story-telling.
Madeline Ross, soprano, is a native of Portland, Oregon, and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in opera at Longy School of Music in Cambridge where she studies with Robert Honeysucker. She has performed the roles of Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Vagaus in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Mary in Simon and Norman’s The Secret Garden, and Cinderella in Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She holds a Bachelor of Music with honors from Willamette University (Salem, OR) in Vocal Performance and a minor in German language. She participated in the Vocal Apprentice Program at the Astoria Music Festival where she sang the role of First Witch in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She was the winner of the Willamette University Chamber Orchestra’s Aria Competition, a finalist for the Northwest Young Voices Competition, and winner of the Brenna Hazzard Vocal Scholarship through Mu Phi Epsilon an international professional music fraternity. Miss Ross has participated in master classes with Anna Gabrieli, Wilene Gunn, Julianne Baird, Stefanie C. Braun and Ruth Ann Swenson and has sung under Paul Klemme, Wallace Long, Luke Housner, and Anton Armstrong. She has taught theater, voice and movement with Northwest Childrens Theater and Resound NW: A Place to Sing in Portland, OR, and has been on the administrative staff of Northwest Childrens Theater, Willamette Music Dept. Willamette Choir Office, and Longy School of Music Opera Dept. She is a founding member of the Promenade Opera Project and will be singing the role of Servilia in Justice or Mercy with POP this summer as well as the role of Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with Miami Music Festival.
Marcus Schenck, bass, is becoming active in the greater Boston area, recently performing the roles of Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos at Lowell House Opera and Lindorf, Luther, and Crespel in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Longy School of Music in addution to singing with NEMPAC and the Commonwealth Lyric Theater. He has premiered roles in new works by Christian Humcke and Garrett Fisher. Marcus is pursuing his Master of Music in Opera Performance in Boston having earned his Bachelor of Music and minor in Arts Entrepreneurship from Bucknell University. He currently studies with Robert Honeysucker. He has worked in arts administration, grant-work, and outreach with Arts for Learning CT as well as marketing, communications, and productions with Bucknell Opera Theatre and the Bucknell Choir Program. Marcus is a composer and arranger and has had works premiered in collaboration with choreographers Ivan Flores, Marisa Patti, and a multidisciplinary work with Christen Moribondo. Marcus will perform the role of George Benton in Dead Man Walking at the Miami Music Festival in July 2017 and Benjamin (Publio) in Promenade Opera Project’s Justice or Mercy: An Immersive Modern Production of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in August 2017.