Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy birthday, Mr. Tesla

It's Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday! Along with all the other celebrations and million-dollar donations to museums in his honor, what better day to post the audio and photos from the performance of Tesla's Pigeon by the Secret Opera in New York City recently:

Tesla's Pigeon was sung in this performance by soprano Chelsea Feltman, accompanied by Joseph Yungen. Photos here are by Amanda Aulicino:

These three women here — Chelsea Feltman, Alexis Rodda, and Elise Brancheau — are the founding directors and primary talent behind the Secret Opera, and I'm so over the moon they programmed Tesla's Pigeon for their inaugural concert. Incidentally, their next show, She, After, by the delightful Daniel Felsenfeld, is taking place very soon, and you should check it out (along with some of their excellent writing on all kinds of issues, including this article about being an opera singer from Chelsea, and this gut-wrenching and important piece from Alexis Rodda.

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