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This new opera by Joao MacDowell is a tribute to Ingmar Bergman and to the myth of Hecate.
This new opera by Joao MacDowell is a tribute to Ingmar Bergman and to the myth of Hecate.
This new opera by Joao MacDowell is a tribute to Ingmar Bergman and to the myth of Hecate.
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Cries and Whispers: Opera Concert Premiere

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Cries & Whispers: Opera Concert Premiere

Scandinavia House: 58 Park Avenue @ 38th Street New York, NY 10016

  • Thursday, March 26 - 8pm Concert
  • 7:30pm Pre Concert Talk
  • A wine reception will follow. Time to Celebrate!

Tickets: $20 ($15 ASF Members)

For reservations: call 212.847.9740 or email event_reservation@amscan.org.

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We are producing an opera for the cost of a potato salad!!!

- This campaign aims to supplement the funds for the development of this opera as well as to raise funds for administrative cost of IBOC and future productions. Our main goal is to share the experience of the concert through digital download, CDs, DVDs, books and posters of the event.

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Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and the hard work of many volunteers, we have secured the basic funding required to produce a concert version of João MacDowell’s third opera, Cries and Whispers. We are running this campaign to increase the production values and create a truly inspired performance of this new work.

The good news: this concert is going to happen.

The better news: every donation that is made to this campaign will go directly to this production to improve the experience of the audience and the artists.

Cast Photograph by Athena Azevedo - IBOC Production Director
Cast Photograph by Athena Azevedo - IBOC Production Director

ABOUT CRIES AND WHISPERS

Cries and Whispers, MacDowell’s third opera, was inspired by the homonymous Ingmar Bergman film. Last year, as a result of his work on the opera, the composer was selected for an artist residency at the Bergman Estate on Fårö, where he was able to complete the work.

While the opera is not a “remake”, it, like the film, examines the relationship between three sisters as they face mortality. What made this topic appealing to the composer? “I wanted to process my own experience of having lost a sister at a young age. The plot centers on three sisters as they prepare for the imminent death of the youngest. It is a spiritual tribute to Bergman and also to the myth of Hecate,” MacDowell says.

Check: Cries and Whispers on SVT (Swedish TV)

Cries and Whispers will be conducted by Maestro Néviton Barros, featuring the sopranos: Kristin Young and Alexandra Filipe, and mezzo-soprano Brooke Larimer, accompanied by the IBOC Ensemble. 

ABOUT IBOC



The International Brazilian Opera Company is a New York based non-profit organization that supports the creation and development of new operatic repertoire that combines ideas from both Brazilian and international artists, while providing an educational structure for new talent to emerge.

The company made its official New York City debut in March of 2014 presenting works by MacDowell, Thiago Tiberio and Luigi Porto at the Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center. Since then, IBOC has made news across the globe.



Check Brazilian Press: O Globo

Download Last Year's Press Clippings (large file)

On top of that, in part because of our Kickstarter supporters, we received 501(c)3 status in October!

It’s been a very exciting year!   

MAKE A PLEDGE TODAY

The International Brazilian Opera Company is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit company. Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

Your support of this campaign will:

• Increase the production values of our the upcoming production of Cries and Whispers in concert at Scandinavia House. 

 • Contribute to the financial compensation for our artists and staff. 

 • Create momentum for the important work the IBOC is doing and ensure the success of future programs.

In exchange for your support, we are offering a number of incentives including CDs, DVDs, Posters, and Scores. Add this opera to your collection! Or give them to the opera lovers in your life!

STRETCH GOALS

The first basic goal of this campaign is to pay for the post-production and manufacturing of the CDs and DVDs. The greater number of orders we get, we lower our cost per unit and increase our ability to invest in the manufacturing process, creating objects that you want to collect.

Ideally, we hope to raise $3,000 with this campaign. Beyond that, we will be able to increase the financial compensation for our artists and our very generous and talented volunteers.

If we are able to raise $10,000 or more, we will begin funding our next project: a fully staged production of MacDowell’s first opera, Tamanduá.

Every donation makes a huge difference to a start-up organization like IBOC. Please consider a pledge of any amount.

Joao Through Bergman's Lenses by Juliana Katz - Fårö 2014
Joao Through Bergman's Lenses by Juliana Katz - Fårö 2014

Risks and challenges

Well, this performance is going to happen. We have a great team committed to the work that we’re doing with IBOC. The risks are minimal. And, since we’ve produced before, we have the experience of putting on a good show already under our belt. But there remain significant challenges to producing live music in a city like New York City. We are dependent upon the support of our patrons and audience members to continue to provide high-quality performances.

Thank you for your continued support of IBOC. We are grateful for your support and we hope to see you on March 26th:

The American-Scandinavian Foundation @ Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue @ 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

Thursday, March 26
8pm Concert
Pre concert talk: 7:30pm. Wine Reception after concert. Celebrate!
$20 ($15 ASF Members)

For reservations: call 212.847.9740 or email event_reservation@amscan.org.

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