Welcome to CHLOE, a New Experience in Music Theater
We'd like to thank everyone - both onstage & behind the scenes - who made CHLOE 2013 a resounding artistic success!
If you couldn't make it to our shows, DVD's are now available of both Not A Tenor and Patience. Price is $15 each, or a set of both for $25. Contact us for ordering information. Here's a sampling from Not A Tenor. Enjoy!
Read a Review of CHLOE's Patience from Broadway World.
Our goal is to have CHLOE become an annual event, with each festival including one new work - either a first work by a new composer, or a new work by a relatively unknown composer, not already performed by any major opera or theater company. An annual search will be conducted and a small stipend paid to the composer/librettist selected. Camp Hill Light Opera Experience will also include quality works from the light opera & comic operetta category from any time period and by any composer, either famous or obscure, that is considered to be overlooked, unappreciated, or under-performed in the Central PA region.
Principal roles will be played by paid professionals, preferably emerging artists. Smaller featured roles, chorus, and orchestra will be cast when at all possible from local talent pools, especially high school and college students, as well as adult amateurs and professionals. Designers, crew, and volunteers will also be sourced from Camp Hill and the surrounding communities.
Music directors and stage directors will be paid professionals either with long experience, creditable training, or exemplary aptitude. They will be expected to collaborate with the living composer/librettist to realize the intent of the new work. And to understand period pieces and present them faithfully, but also with a fresh approach.
As much effort will be made as possible to make CHLOE a community effort, with outreach efforts to schools and community organizations to support the artistic well-being of the surrounding area, as well as support coming from it in the form of sponsorships, grants, and other contributions. Whether on stage, behind the scenes, or in the seats, please join us!
Many thanks to our "starting lineup" of extremely talented principal singers! Every one of them exceeded our expectations, and we know that anyone who saw them perform June 13-16th during our Light Opera festival must have been thrilled.
This past December saw Kimberly singing with the Kennett Symphony Orchestra as the First Place Winner of their 2012 Competition. Of her performance a local reviewer wrote, "....this tiny soprano with the big voice has it all; she sings like an angel hitting high C with no apparent effort, her vocal excellence is beautiful, and a superb actress, particularly while singing the amusing but difficult Glitter and Be Gay by Leonard Bernstein.”
Kimberly received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Peabody Conservatory in May 2012 and was granted the Anita Erdman Award in Opera upon graduation. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University where she received the award for outstanding vocalist. Kimberly has also studied with FAVA in Excideuil, France under tenor William Lewis, and at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel with Metropolitan Opera coach Joan Dornemann.
Melissa Block earned a Master of Music in Voice from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. While there Melissa performed the roles of Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, Hansel in Humperdinck’s opera Hansel and Gretel, Mrs. Page in Niccolai Gedda’s Merry Wives of Windsor, Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro under the tutelage of Patricia Stiles & Carol Vaness.
Melissa sang the roles of Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) in New York Lyric Opera Theater’s 2010-2011 season. Melissa was chosen as a Professional Fellow for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival 2012 where she sang the role of Third Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute.
She is currently a soloist for the Metro Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Philip Nuzzo. Performances include an American premiere of Ofer Ben-Amato's ladino songs and DeFalla's El amor brujo in November 2012, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in April 2013.
Paul Sigrist is a professional singing actor and director who works in theater, film and television. He performs with many New York companies including many seasons as a regular company member of The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players performing all 13 surviving works, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of New York, Liederkranz Opera Theater, Light Opera of New York, Theater 1010 and others. He played Bill Bobstay the Boatswain in the Drama Desk Award-nominated seven actor production of H.M.S. Pinafore produced in New York by the Vortex Theater (and based on W. S. Gilbert's 1908 children's book "The Pinafore Picture Book"). Other stage roles have included Major-General Stanley in The Pirates of Penzance, Richard Dauntless in Ruddigore, Old Toni in The Student Prince, Tristan in The Vagabond King, Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus and The Physician-In-Chief in The Rose of Persia.
Baritone Jason Buckwalter is known for his “super-sized characters” (The Sybaritic Singer) and “theatrical fire.” (Baltimore City Paper) Equally comfortable in opera, musical theater, oratorio, and song repertoire, he has performed with a wide variety of companies including the Washington National Opera, Baltimore Concert Opera, Annapolis Chorale, Young Victorian Theatre Company, and The Figaro Project.
Operatic roles include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Peabody Conservatory and Carroll Community College, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as well as the Loudoun Lyric Opera; Count Almaviva in The Figaro Project’s inaugural production of Le Nozze di Figaro; Schaunard in La Bohème with Capital Opera Richmond; Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus at Carroll Community College; and Brühlmann in Werther with the Washington National Opera. His portrayals of Benoit and Alcindoro in their April 2010 production of La Bohème was praised by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun as “dynamic.”
Camp Hill Light Opera Experience Libby Moyer, Founder & Artistic Director 105 W Keller St, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 firstname.lastname@example.org