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SEASON 18
 
 

September 18th, 2021
Chelsea Opera presents:
Sidewalk Serenade

 

An on-site Chelsea Opera experience, this world premiere features Quinn and Emery, two romantic hopefuls meeting on a Syracuse sidewalk after matching on a dating app. To the accompaniment of a street musician, first-date jitters are expressed in song, turning an awkward conversation into flirtatious fun! In a modern twist, rotating gender pairings bring a fresh approach to operatic love. Soprano Sarah Daniels and tenor Brad Bickhardt* alternate in the role of Quinn, with soprano Andrea Bickford and baritone CJ Roche alternating in the role of Emery. Dan Williams performs as the street musician accompanist. The piece was commissioned by Chelsea Opera with music composed by Oswego native and Penn State music composition major Leah Mullen, with lyrics and direction by Syracuse resident and Chelsea Opera Producing Artistic Director - Garrett August Heater. Chelsea Opera President and Co-Founder Leonarda Priore is the producer. 

The 10-minute comic opera will appear outdoors and free of charge at Epicuse (12:00 PM & 2:00 PM, 334 S. Salina St.), the 24-Second Shot Clock (12:30 PM & 2:30 PM, 400 block of S. Franklin St.), Perseverance Park (1:00 PM & 3:00 PM, 205 S. Salina St.), and Wildflowers Armory (1:30 PM & 3:30 PM, 217 S. Salina St.) on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 (rain date, September 19th). Opera patrons may receive a free cheese tasting with the purchase of a cocktail at Epicuse, as well as 10% off any purchases at Wildflowers Armory. Patrons wishing to view the opera with all four possible couplings should attend the performances consecutively from
1-2:30 PM. 

This work is made possible with funds from Chelsea Opera’s Nicholas S. Priore New Possibilities Fund.  For more information on the man and the fund in his name, please visit http://chelseaopera.org/nick_about.html .

Schedule and location of performances: 

12:00 PM, Epicuse, 334 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY 
Brad Bickhardt* as Quinn and Andrea Bickford as Emery

12:30 PM, 24-Second Shot Clock, 400 block of S. Franklin St., Syracuse, NY
Brad Bickhardt* as Quinn and CJ Roche as Emery 

1:00 PM, Perseverance Park, 205 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY
Brad Bickhardt* as Quinn and Andrea Bickford as Emery

1:30 PM, Wildflowers Armory, 217 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY
Brad Bickhardt* as Quinn and CJ Roche as Emery

2:00 PM, Epicuse, 334 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY
Sarah Daniels as Quinn and Andrea Bickford as Emery

2:30 PM, 24-Second Shot Clock, 400 block of S. Franklin St.
Sarah Daniels as Quinn and CJ Roche as Emery

3:00 PM, Perseverance Park, 205 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY
Sarah Daniels as Quinn and Andrea Bickford as Emery

3:30 PM, Wildflowers Armory, 217 S. Salina St., Syracuse, NY  
Sarah Daniels as Quinn and CJ Roche as Emery.  


*Brad Bickhardt appears courtesy of arrangement with Tri-Cities Opera.      

CJ Roche, baritone
Emery
Dan Williams, pianist
Composer
Lyricist/Director
Producer

 

 
   
 
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