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Spring 2016

Light and Shadow:
Artemisia Gentileschi



May/June 2018
The Flea Theater
20 Thomas Street
Tribeca, NYC

In development now: a brand new theatrical show from ARTEK celebrating the renowned artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most colorful and talented artists of the Italian baroque era, with works now in major museums. Artemisia Gentileschi's life was more dramatic than an Italian opera: trained in art by her father, raped by another artist as a teenager, she became the lover of a Florentine nobleman and a painter at the English royal courts. Artemisia's dramatic depiction of Judith Beheading Holofernes has become one of the icons of baroque art. Renowned opera librettist and theater playwright Nahma Sandrow is creating the scenario. Singer/actress Sarah Chalfy will interpret the role of Artemisia and sing selections from the great opera repertory of mid-17th-century Rome and Venice.

Sarah Chalfy is an active performer on a variety of musical stages. A month’s performance schedule will likely encompass venues as varied as cathedrals, concert halls, and cabaret joints; repertoire ranging from medieval plainchant to jazz; accompanied by Steinways one week and sacbuts the next. A specialist in premiering new works, she most recently performed the title role in ADA, Kim Sherman’s opera about Ada Lovelace Byron. The prior season, she created the role of Nellie Bly in David Friedman/Peter Kellogg’s new musical Stunt Girl. She performed the role of Madeleine X in the LA world premiere of Michael Gordon’s opera What to Wear, conceived, designed, and directed by avant garde theatre legend Richard Foreman. She has collaborated with some of NYC’s hottest new music ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, Newspeak, and NOW, premiering works of composers such as Michael Gordon, David T. Little, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, John Halle, Joel Derfner and Kim D. Sherman. On the early music front, she has been a frequent soloist with ARTEK with whome she created the role of Ariadne for ARTEK's theater show Beyond Monteverdi, and played female lead in I'll Never See the Stars Again. She was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she was soloist in Berio’s Sinfonia with Robert Spano and Vivaldi’s Gloria with Craig Smith and the Mark Morris Dance Company. She has recorded on the Canteloupe, New Amsterdam, and Innova labels. Opera and musical theater credits include Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Anne Sexton (Transformations), Vixen (The Cunning Little Vixen) Yum Yum (The Mikado), Guenevere (Camelot), Marian (The Music Man), Carrie (Carousel), and Hodel (Fiddler on the Roof). Ms. Chalfy did her MM studies at Manhattan School of Music and her BM at the Peabody Conservatory. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including top prizes in the Lotte Lenya, Rosa Ponselle, Canticum Dominum, and Bach Society of Baltimore competitions, and study grants to the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and the Académie internationale d’été de Nice.

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