UNFINISHED: AN OPERA | NEW CONCERT READING

October 7, 2018

On October 7, 2018 Vital Opera presented a concert reading of Joshua Groffman and Sarah Heady’s Unfinished: An Opera, featuring newly added material, at the National Opera Center in New York City. Unfinished tells the story of the life and death of Bennett College in Millbrook, NY. Originally opened as a finishing school for young women in 1907, Bennett’s abrupt closing in 1977 forever altered the economic and physical fabric of the village. Today, the abandoned campus remains fenced off and in ruins, a stark contrast to its beautiful environs and a lasting reminder of what was lost. Using a mix of archival materials and contemporary testimony from Bennett alumni and the Millbrook community, Unfinished explores how Bennett is remembered, and forgotten, today. (To see a collection of archival and contemporary images of Bennett College, click here.)

The product of nearly three years of collaboration thus far between composer Joshua Groffman, poet Sarah Heady, and producer Vital Opera, Unfinished is ultimately planned as a fully-staged, evening-length event. You can read more about the project and see images and video from our 2016 workshop here.

On October 7, 2018 Vital Opera presented a concert reading of Joshua Groffman and Sarah Heady’s Unfinished: An Opera, featuring newly added material, at the National Opera Center in New York City. Unfinished tells the story of the life and death of Bennett College in Millbrook, NY. Originally opened as a finishing school for young women in 1907, Bennett’s abrupt closing in 1977 forever altered the economic and physical fabric of the village. Today, the abandoned campus remains fenced off and in ruins, a stark contrast to its beautiful environs and a lasting reminder of what was lost. Using a mix of archival materials and contemporary testimony from Bennett alumni and the Millbrook community, Unfinished explores how Bennett is remembered, and forgotten, today. (To see a collection of archival and contemporary images of Bennett College, click here.)

The product of nearly three years of collaboration thus far between composer Joshua Groffman, poet Sarah Heady, and producer Vital Opera, Unfinished is ultimately planned as a fully-staged, evening-length event. You can read more about the project and see images and video from our 2016 workshop here.

Featuring:
Maggie Finnegan, soprano
Danielle Messina, soprano
Kristin Gornstein, mezzo soprano
Jose Rubio, baritone
Kristen Kemp, piano
Rale Micic, electric guitar
Daniela Candillari, conductor

Joshua Groffman, composer
Sarah Heady, librettist

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