You might've read my recent post about Rochester composer Cary Ratcliff. He's writing an opera for children's chorus and chamber orchestra that'll be performed in San Diego in the spring.

Cary got more good news this week. He writes,

“I wanted to share with you the news that Eleni has been selected for the New York City Opera 'VOX' showcase of new operas this May 10/11. Half an hour of Eleni will be performed un-staged by their singers and 60 (?) piece orchestra. A giant thanks again to all who have helped to move this work toward some hoped-for production. Now I gotta finish up that full-orchestra orchestration...”

Congratulations, Cary!

And now, dear reader, I have a fun new tool for you. Click below to listen to a brief audio clip from Ratcliff’s exciting, richly textured oratorio “Ode to Common Things.” I had the privilege of singing in the premiere of this work at Hochstein more than ten years ago and might get the chance to sing it again with the Rochester Oratorio Society in China next summer.

Read more about Cary's music at his website: http://www.ratcliffmusic.com/

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Thanks, Brenda. We can now take the question mark off the orchestra size: it
is indeed 60 players (32 strings: yum). And interested folk can hear my local
recording of Eleni highlights at EleniTheOpera.com. Turned out very well, with
mostly the great RPO players and great singers.