Opera, Musical Theatre & Dance

Theater for the New City presents

Downtown Chamber & Opera Players

Phoenix Park (A Poet’s Journey)

Libretto by Ilsa Gilbert

Music by David Strickland

Conductor: Mimi Stern-Wolfe
Stage Director: Tom O'Horgan

Department of Cultural Affairs Challenge Grant;
The Dramatists Guild; BMI Foundation;
New York State Council of the Arts
Many Individual Donors

Performances in NOVEMBER:
7, 8, 9, 10; 14, 15, 16, 17; 21, 22, 23, 24
@ Theater for the New City

Information: Audrey Ross Publicity (212) 586- 3500
(212) 477 1594:
Tickets: $15; $8 (sen & stu)



Mahagonny Songplay
by Kurt Weill & Bertoldt Brecht
Judith Bardi, soprano; Eric Benson, Tenor;
Sean Barker, Baritone;
Michael Wilson, Baritone
Staged by Nicholas Deutsch
Conducted by Mimi Stern-Wolfe
Projections by Campbell Baird


Mahagonny Songplay
by Kurt Weill & Bertoldt Brecht
Chris DeBlasio, Tenor; Eric Benson, Tenor;
Sean Barker, Baritone; Michael Wilson, Baritone;
Judith Bardi, Soprano; Adelle Nicholson, Mezzo-Soprano
Staged by Nicholas Deutsch
Conducted by Mimi Stern-Wolfe
Projections by Campbell Baird



L'histoire du Soldat
(The Soldier's Tale)
by Igor Stravinsky
Joanne Edelmann as "The Princess"
Marshall Coid as "The Soldier"
Staged by Eric Benson

"Igor Stravinski's L'Histoire du Soldat was conveyed firmly and confidently by Miss Stern-Wolfe's eight musicians including the Soldier-violinist as played by Marshall Coid."
Bernard Holland
New York Times
Feb 4, 1986

Our mission is to encourage composers with performing outlets for their music; to commission new works; to present socially oriented thematic programs; to present relevant and daring chamber, orchestral and operatic music for adults and children

Marshall Coid, counter-tenor as "The Bundle Man"
with Steven Goldstein, Daryl Hendriken & Stephen Kalra

Musical Theatre and Opera Reviews:

"The Bundle Man, chamber opera by Ilsa Gilbert and Marshall Coid . . . deserves more exposure and circulation even if it may not always be produced as effectively as it was by the Downtown Chamber & Opera Players . . . the material's deep poetic and dramatic impulses are very real and never compromised. Ilsa Gilbert's text has an arresting verbal pungency that Marshall Coid matches in a musical setting remarkable for its sustained lyricism and skillful prosody . . . Mimi Stern-Wolfe's assured musical direction, Tom O'Horgan's fluid staging . . . contributed positively to a first rate presentation."
Peter G. Davis
New York Magazine

"The Downtown Chamber & Opera Players presented a mixed media bill of . . . chamber music, poetry, song, opera, dance and film accurately entitled "Paris Around the Twenties" The piece de resistance was Eric Satie's one act Genevieve de Brabant conducted by Mimi Stern-Wolfe. As befitting the irrepressible Satie, it was the height of drollery."
Jack Diether
The Westsider
March 14, 1985


image by MFM

"A Libretto Captures a City's Spirit: Waking In New York with text by Allen Ginsberg, musicalized by Elodie Lauten" presented Ginsberg's texts with clarity and directness" with accompanying evocative slides of New York by Phyllis Stevens, conducted by Mimi Stern-Wolfe and the Downtown Chamber & Opera Players at the 14th Street Y."
Allan Kozinn
The New York Times
June 6, 2001


*Phoenix Park (Poet's Journey) David Strickland/Ilsa Gilbert 2002
*One Night Together Daniel Burwasser/Ilsa Gilbert 2001
Songs of Revelations & Secrets C. Colby Sachs/Ilsa Gilbert '97-00
*The First Word Katrina Cameron/Ilsa Gilbert '97-00
Waking In New York Elodie Lauten/Allen Ginsberg 2001
Say It With Flowers Jeffrey Lependorf/Stein 1996
*Auto Da Fé Mark Grant/Ilsa Gilbert 1997
*The Bundle Man Marshall Coid/Ilsa Gilbert 1993
Majnun Alla Borzova (7th Cent poet) 1998
The Maid and The Made Jeffrey Lependorf/Ilsa Gilbert 1996-7
*Phoenix Park (A Poet's Journey) Jeffrey Lependorf/Ilsa Gilbert 1994
Self Reference David Finkelstein 1989
Renard Igor Stravinsky 1989
Mahagonny Songspiel Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht 1987
Gianni Schicchi Giacommo Puccini 1985
The Magic Flute W. A. Mozart 1984
*The Twilight of Magic Edith Hemenway 1984
Hansel and Gretel Humperdinck 1984
La Boheme Puccini 1982
The Penitentes Tom Passatieri 1978
La Traviata G. Verdi 1977
Trouble in Tahiti Leonard Bernstein 1977
Tosca Puccini 1972
Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss 1974
Don Giovanni W. A. Mozart 1973
Abduction from the Seraglio W. A. Mozart 1975
Faust Charles Gounod 1976
Cosi Fan Tutti W. A. Mozart 1980-81
The Father Scarim/Strindberg 1978
The Twilight of Magic Edith Hemenway 1984
*The Tiger of Chungshan Nicholas Scarim 1981-94
Little Red Riding Hood Seymour Barab 1986
Heidi Jon Deak 1987
The Devil & Daniel Webster Douglas Moore 1971
Three Penny Opera Weill/Brecht 1974
The Scarf Lee Hoiby 1973
* Commissioned  

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