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Jillian Flexner

New York, NY            


Creating new music through collaboration

Fresh Squeezed Opera, a company dedicated to producing, commissioning, and performing new opera, presents works that actively examine and celebrate explorations of identity, chance, collaboration, and cultural influences in the 21st century. Fresh Squeezed Opera explores these elements with thrilling musical language, humor, joy, seriousness, sadness, and a sense of verve that is truly characteristic of FSO throughout the years.

Building on its history of presenting works that explore modern life and the human condition with humor, joy, seriousness, sadness, and a sense of verve (highlights including Kate Soper’s brilliantly received Here be Sirens, Jillian Flexner’s La Zombiata, The Yellow Wallpaper, a e i, Scopes, and many more), Fresh Squeezed Opera continues to develop as a “small but ambitious” engine of innovation in 21st Century opera.

Supported by a strong community of composers and performers, Fresh Squeezed Opera (FSO) strives to present genre-pushing new works of the highest caliber that explore the depths of operatic music. We believe there is a role for opera in contemporary society, and we present operas that current audiences and New York communities connect and engage with.Founded in 2013, Fresh Squeezed Opera dedicates itself to providing composers with a platform to present their new music, specifically focusing on vocal works and fully-staged opera. In our four years of operation, we’ve proudly presented over 25 composers’ works, with consistently sold-out houses as a testament to the power of new music. “The opportunity to perform new music with this organized, visionary, and collegial artistic team always leaves me feeling musically fulfilled. I relish the chance to work hand in hand with composers on their own work, and Fresh Squeezed Opera provides a safe and creative platform for this venture. In my experience with New York City opera companies, my experiences with FSO stand apart as being highly efficient, musically challenging, inspiring, and completely unique.” Devony Smith


“Small but ambitious” Steven Pisano, Feast of Music (2017)

 “The Fresh Squeezed Opera Company is to be commended…” Alexander Sanger, Huffington Post (2017)

 “It’s refreshing to find a concert dedicated to female opera composers” Kim Feltkamp, OperaRox (2017)


Here Be Sirens by Kate Soper

Mythological sirens roost deep in our collective conscious, ancient forerunners to the femme fatale. In Here Be Sirens; join these singing ciphers as they investigate their own origins, seeking–through the twists & turns of literature & philosophy–a way off the island for good.

Victoria Benson, soprano, “Polyxo”
Claire Myers McCormick, soprano, “Peitho”
Devony Smith, soprano, “Phaino”

Amber Treadway, director
Liene Dobraja, costume design
Matthew Wasser, projection design

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Scene 2 – Bound by Huang Ruo

The opera opens with Diane spending a sleepless night in jail. She questions how – as a good student, a dutiful daughter – she has come to this moment. She wants, most of all, to see her mother again. She tries to sleep and falls into a nightmare.

Huang Ruo, Composer
Bao-Long Chu, Librettist
Alex Wen, Conductor
Ashley Tata, Stage Director
Fang-Tao Jiang, Diane

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Knot An Opera “These Potatoes”

produced by Fresh Squeezed Opera on 6/28/2018

Constantin Basica, composer
Joanie Brittingham, soprano
Francesca Federico, lyric soprano
Sarah Dutcher, piano
Cara Search, mezzo soprano
Andy Dwan, baritone

Whitney George, conductor
Michael Hofmann, director

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