WHO WE ARE
Black Box Baroque is a collective of San Francisco Bay Area musicians passionate about presenting staged Baroque opera. We’re bringing the finest Early Music right to you, up-close and personal in a black box theater.
We’ve joined our talents to present our first show: Handel’s epic 1733 magic opera, Orlando. We’re producing a fully-staged opera on March 15, 2014 at Boxcar Theatre in San Francisco. Please support us to make our vision a reality!
Black Box Baroque features musicians who have performed with groups such as MUSA, Clerestory, SFCM Baroque Ensemble, SacroProfano, Opera San Jose, Pocket Opera, Opera Parallèle, Opera on Tap: San Francisco, the Vinaccessi Ensemble, and the Handel Opera Project; as well as at Early Music festivals such as the American Bach Soloists Academy and the Amherst Early Music Festival.
Our cast for Orlando:
- Orlando: Michael Mohammed
- Angelica: Kelly Rubinsohn
- Dorinda: Sara Hagenbuch
- Medoro: Kindra Scharich
- Zoroastro: Ben Kazez
- Stage Director: Ken Keel
- Conductor: Derek Tam
As you can tell, we love Early Music and Opera and get excited about sharing it with audiences. The SF Bay Area is full of amazing Early Music ensembles—some of the best in the United States. However, Handel's operas are most often presented in concert version, and rarely staged. We’re ready to bring you something special in a friendly, hip environment (with concessions too!).
HOW YOU’RE HELPING
We need assistance covering our fixed costs:
- venue rental
- conductor’s fee
- program printing
- orchestra fees
- recording/photographing our performance
- rehearsal space
- lighting assistance
- costumes and props
Any additional money raised will go toward our musicians and future BBB shows!
Orlando loves Angelica, but he’s a soldier torn between love and duty. Angelica loves Medoro, Dorinda is obsessed with Medoro, but Medoro only returns one of these ladies’ affections. (Why does everyone like Medoro?) Zoroastro, well, he’s just a powerful magician running the show. Somehow all of these conflicts are resolved with gorgeous music--da capo arias, duets, a trio--like only Handel can write.
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Please help us reach our goal! Thank you for taking the time to learn about our project.
Singers/Screamers: Kelly Rubinsohn (Angelica), Michael Mohammed (Orlando), Sara Hagenbuch (Dorinda)
"Ho un certo rossore," Sara Hagenbuch (Dorinda), Derek Tam (harpsichord)
"Sorge infausta," Ben Kazez (Zoroastro), Derek Tam (harpsichord)
Risks and challenges
After our basic costs are fulfilled, we will face the challenge of recruiting our chamber orchestra. We hope to find like-minded Early Music enthusiasts to join Black Box Baroque. We will also conquer the challenge of publicizing our performance, ticket sales, and filling our seats.
For many of us, these are dream roles and excellent opportunities to continue doing the work we love. Rest assured that funding us will make this project and our goals possible, while providing a wonderful evening of art and entertainment for San Francisco!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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