Alter Ego Chamber Opera
September 24-October 4
2 hours 15 minutes
The Adrienne Theater MainstageMap
Alter Ego Chamber Opera (AECO) is an emerging, Philadelphia-based chamber opera company which performs new and reimagined operatic works, endeavoring to serve as a catalyst for change, bringing intimate, experimental opera theatre to the region, and challenging the boundaries of the operatic art form.
Alcina REVAMPED brings Handel’s original baroque opera to life with a brand new English adaptation by Alize Francheska Rozsnyai, embracing themes of LGBTQ+ identity and love, magic, belonging, and forgiveness. Original baroque instrumentation meets 80s-style electronics – synthesizer and electronic landscapes, saxophone, electric guitar, harpsichord, violin, viola, and cello, all creating a very unique sound world.
Casting includes a diverse group of incredible professional opera singer-actors, and staging draws upon devised theatre techniques to create a production that is raw, intimate, and unlike any other.
Friday, Sep 24, 2021 – 8:00pm
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 – 3:00pm
Friday, Sep 24, 2021 – 8:00pm Livestream
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 – 3:00pm Livestream
Available for Streaming Saturday, Sep 25 until end of Festival
Health & Safety
Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.
Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.
Music by G.F. Handel, Original English adaptation by Alize Francheska Rozsnyai
Conductor: Evan Kassof
Director: Madeline Whitesell
Music Direction: Irene Moretto
Alcina: Brenna Markey
Ruggiero: Madison Marie McIntosh
Bradamante: Kaitlyn Tierney
Morgana: Alize Francheska
Oronte: Al-Jabril Muhammad
Melissa: Matthew Maisano (as Balena Canto)
Oberto: Andrew Egbuchiem
Harpsichord: Irene Moretto
Electronics / Synthesizer and Electronic Sound Design: Thomas Patteson
Electronics / Beat Design: Roger A. Martinez
Saxophone: Aaron Stewart
Violin: Michael Shingo-Crawford
Electric Guitar: Will Brobston
Viola: Emma Hey
Cello: Ezgi Yargici
Appropriate for Ages 18+
Mature Language, References to Sexuality
Ticket buyers can attend the performance either in-person at our venue, The Adrienne Theatre’s Mainstage, or online. Patrons who purchase an in-person ticket may switch to viewing the performance online, but should notify the company at AlterEgoChamberOpera@gmail.com as soon as possible, or contact the Fringe Arts Box Office directly for instructions.
About the Artists
Alter Ego Chamber Opera (AECO) is an emerging, Philadelphia-based chamber opera company which performs new and reimagined works, endeavoring to serve as a catalyst for change, bringing intimate, experimental opera theatre to the region. Comprised of Alize Rozsnyai, Soprano and librettist, Irene Moretto, Pianist / Harpsichordist, Tom Sitzler, Baritone, and Roger A. Martinez, composer, AECO is now in its third season. The company debuted in 2019 at the Fringe Festival with a double-bill entitled Operatic Addictions, including an original work by David Matthew Brown called Phony, centered around smartphone addiction, as well as an adaptation of Bach’sCoffee Cantata by Alize Rozsnyai. In 2020, the ensemble rerouted their stage production, which showcased five composer winners from their call-for-score competition, to an entirely virtual production entitled Mosaic of Modern Opera. The company aspires to present classical music “without the ego,” connecting new audience members to the operatic art form, and making it more accessible and relevant to our present-day culture.