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On the occasion of World TB Day 2008 and
the 150-year anniversary of Marcella Sembrich

U.S. premiere, 25 and 27 July 2008
Chopin and The Nightingale

Dramatic reading with music:
Chopin and Jenny Lind's newly-discovered romance

Venue:  Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum
Bolton Landing, Lake George, New York
Co-producer:  Lake George Theater Lab
Production advice:  Icons of Europe, Brussels

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Jay Riedl, narrator
Christopher Johnson, piano
Megan Weston, soprano
Gisella Montanez-Case, mezzo soprano

Rosemary Andress, director
Lindsey Gates, artistic director
Chris Fitzgerald, technical direction
Cecilia and Jens Jorgensen, playwrights


Renaissance of the original repertoire of Jenny Lind and Pauline Viardot:  Bellini, Meyerbeer, Chopin
This pro-bono premiere was endorsed by the Stop TB Partnership of the World Health Organization

Premieres 2003-2008

Belgium:  "I am happy and proud that my company has contributed to such a magnificent event"
A corporate sponsor of the in-house premiere at Icons of Europe, Brussels, 2003.

Poland:  "... the drama brings out the seamlessness of great European culture"
H.E. Mr Charles Crawford, British Ambassador, guest at the Swedish Embassy in Warsaw, 2004.

Canada:  "The premiere is a milestone among several initiatives taken in the context of World TB Day"
Karen Stintz, Toronto City Councillor and Chair of the TB Subcommittee of the Toronto Board of Health, 2005.

USA:  "It was a pleasure to present your play, as it added much to the Chopin Festival"
Anita Richards, Program Coordinator, Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, NY, 2008.

USA:  "... the audience enjoyed the show very much!  We received several ovations at the end"
Megan Weston, soprano in the role of Jenny Lind, Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, NY, 2008.

USA:  "The event was truly amazing"
Lindsey Gates, founder and artistic director of the Lake George Theater Lab, NY, 2008.