THE VIENNA RITE - a chamber opera
Completed in 2012 with support from the Jerome Foundation, "The Vienna Rite" is a chmaber opera about the musical collaboration between Franz Schubert and Vienna's chief cantor Salomon Sulzer.
In 1828 Sulzer completed a new service for Vienna's Jewish community merging western harmony with Hebrew chant in a style that became known as "The Vienna Rite". In addition to his own music, friends Franz Schubert, Ignaz von Seyfried and Joseph Drechsler, the Kappelmeister at St. Stephen, contributed pieces in an ecumenical collaboration that is widely unknown.
The Vienna Rite premiered November 2nd and 3rd, 2012 at Roulette Intermedium in New York City with support from Six Points Fellowship and the Jerome Foundation. It is scored for thirteen voices, three organs and three percussionists and featured Ian Greenlaw and the ensemble Yarn/Wire.
New York Times interview