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Diamond Opera Theater (2004-2007)
(aka Hudson Opera Theater (HOT) and Hudson Chamber Opera)
Co-founded in 2004 by Gwen Gould andCharles Kondek with committee members Mary Gail Biebel, Mary Hack, and Alaina Warren Zachary as Hudson Opera Theater (HOT), it was a dedicated ensemble of gifted artists – singers, musicians, actors, composers, writers, directors, designers, choreographers, stage technicians, artisans – whose sole purpose is the production of exciting and entertaining works for the lyric stage.
Performances under the founding artistic leadership (2004-2007) took place in various venues including The Hudson Opera House, Basilica Industria, and Christ Church Episcopal, all in the heart of the bustling, newly revitalized city of Hudson, NY, the first chartered city in the United States (1785).
Founding Artistic leadership (2004-2007):
Artistic Director, Dean Anthony
Music Director, Gwen Gould
Artistic Administrator, Mary Hack
Participating Artists (2004-2007):
Dean Anthony, director/tenor
Robert Anton, set/costume design
Amanda Boyd, soprano
John Cheek, bass-baritone
Michael Clement, piano
Denise Coffey Stuart, soprano
Michael Cohen, composer
John Davey, tenor
J. Patrick Doyle, technical director
Michael Fennelly, piano
Nina Fine, mezzo-soprano
Enid Futterman, librettist
Gwen Gould, conductor
Mark Gargiulo, baritone
Mary Hack, mezzo-soprano
Lisa Hansen, flute
Susan Jolles, harp
Charles Kondek, director
Nancy Allen Lundy, soprano
Steven Marking, baritone
Lincoln Mayorga, piano
Matt Milstein, set design/building
Maxine Neuman, cello
Jan Opalach, bass-baritone
Glenn Paulsen, puppeteer
Deena Pewtherer, stage manager/lighting
Elissa Premerlani, soprano
Keith Spencer, baritone
Uel Wade, piano
Alaina Warren Zachary, soprano
Megan Weston, soprano
Christine Wopat, lighting design
A Bernstein Celebration. Concert with the Columbia Festival Orchestra. Two performances at PS/21, Chatham
Mainly Mozart. Art song benefit concert at a private home in Claverack.
Remembering Leonard Bernstein. Concert at First Presbyterian Church, Hudson.
The Vagabond Queen. Children’s opera at Hudson Opera House.
I Remember. Song cycle by Enid Futterman and Michael Cohen.
Two performances at Hudson Opera House.
The Face on the Barroom Floor. Opera by H. Mollicone, three performances at Basilica Industria.
The Vagabond Queen. Children’s opera at Chatham schools.
The Vagabond Queen. Children’s opera at Taconic Hills.
The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti. Two performances at Basilica Industria.
December, 2005Messiah, by G.F. Handel. Community Sing at Christ Church Episcopal, Hudson.
January, 2006Requiem by W.A. Mozart. Community Sing at Hudson Opera House.
December, 2006Messiah, by G.F. Handel. Community Sing at Christ Church Episcopal, Hudson.
January, 2007Requiem by W.A. Mozart. Community Sing at Hudson Opera House.
April, 2007Messiah, Part II by G.F. Handel. Community Sing at Christ Church Episcopal, Hudson.