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Live at Michiko: Felix Jarrar and Bea Goodwin

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Composer and librettist duo Felix Jarrar and Bea Goodwin will be hosting an exclusive showcase featuring their collected works.

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Composer and librettist duo Felix Jarrar and Bea Goodwin will be hosting and performing an exclusive showcase featuring their collected works, as well as debut scenes from their new opera, “Wait and See.” Performers on their showcase include Jessica Fishenfeld, Elyse Anne Kakacek, Allison Gish, Gabriel Hernandez and Andrew Dwan.

Felix Jarrar is a composer and pianist whose list of accomplishments includes performances at diverse venues such as Symphony Space, (le) poisson rouge, Feinstein's/54 below, the BAM! Fisher Hillman Studio, and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. His works have been performed internationally by members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, and the duo Unassisted Fold.

He served as the composer, librettist, producer, casting director, musical director, and pianist on the production of his second opera The Fall of the House of Usher, which opened in 2016 at Vermont's Marlboro College and toured off-Broadway at NYC's The DiMenna Center for Classical Music that April to sold-out crowds. A critical and commercial success, it was praised by critics such as 2000 Pulitzer prize-winning composer Lewis Spratlan, who wrote that, ""It is a work of great... intensity, capturing the obliquely dark world of the Poe story from which it's derived. Felix's dramatic instincts are strong and richly projected through the singing and highly developed instrumental accompaniment."" Jarrar presented his analysis paper Die Lorelei at the 2016 BGSU Graduate Student Conference in March 2016 as one of only a few senior undergraduate presenters. His 2017 work, Songs of the Soul Beams, a theatrical song cycle with original text by Bea Goodwin about personal grief, premiered at BAM! in 2017. The work was praised by Broadway World as “experimental and beautifully composed”, and won Jarrar the 2017 Kaddish Millet ‘48 award from the Brooklyn College Conservatory for the recognition of a special talent in songwriting. His fourth opera, Tabula Rasa, a jazz opera about Kiki de Montparnasse with a libretto by Bea Goodwin, debuted last year as part of New York Opera Alliance's Operafest in a sold-out run of shows in Midtown east's Blue Building. One of his most substantial works to date, Tabula Rasa was praised for its “lush and memorable melodies” by Operawire. Last season, Jarrar workshopped his newly-commissioned ballet based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes” for New York Deaf Theatre. He is currently the composer-in-residence for The Downtown Brooklyn Chamber Music Festival. Jarrar's fifth opera and master’s thesis composition, Mother Goose, won him the 2019 Lehman Engel Award award from Brooklyn College for a particularly outstanding dramatic musical composition that was performed at the school. It is scheduled to be premiered in a production at The Mainstage in Dixon Place on November 21st, 2019 at 7:30pm. In his spare time, he loves to read, hike, and watch reruns of Law and Order SVU.

Jarrar completed his Bachelor of Arts from Marlboro College with Highest Honors in Music Composition and Piano Performance. He received his Master’s of Music degree from Brooklyn College with the Graduate Dean’s Award in Music Composition on the Eleanor Kilcoyne, Cerf Music, and Chancey Memorial Scholarships while holding the prestigious graduate fellowship for assisting ConTempo, the contemporary ensemble in the conservatory.

Bea Goodwin has penned four classic adaptations and three original works. Metamorphosis, an adaptation of Kafka's most famous surrealist story, was musically set by Christopher Poovey and workshopped at North Texas University. With Poovey, she also created a VR piece titled ""Winter 1994,"" inspired by famed artist Louise Bourgeois' insomnia drawings. Gramercy Opera commissioned two adaptations from Goodwin for their inaugural season: a libretto for Purcell's The Fairy Queen and a collaboration with composer Felix Jarrar on an adaptation of Charles Dickens's ""A Christmas Carol.""

Additional projects with Jarrar include their award-winning song cycle ""Songs of the Soul Beams,"" premiered at BAM and later presented at (le) Poisson Rouge. Their immersive jazz opera Tabula Rasa (the story of Kiki de Montparnasse) played to four sold out performances at the Blue Building, as part of the 2018 New York Opera Fest. Ms. Goodwin's play, ""The Wonders of Alice,"" was accepted into the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival after a full production in 2016. Bea is currently writing a libretto for Daniel Felsenfeld: together with Transient Canvas of Boston, they will adapt Thomas Hardy's ""The Pursuit of the Well-Beloved,"" a startling look into the industry of media and how it defines a woman's perfection.

An accomplished stage director, Goodwin led the American Premiere of Salieri's La Cifra in 2018 with dell'Arte Opera Ensemble. Previous assignments with the company included Cavalli's La Calisto, and the first act if Puccini's La Rondine. She is also slated this spring to direct Britten's Rape of Lucretia at the Flea Theatre with New Camerata Opera; the innovative production will employ a deaf actress to play the victim, using ASL choreography and the strength of the body to augment the story-telling. Goodwin divides her time between Los Angeles and New York. “

Tickets are $20 and go on October 2nd. Please contact info@michikostudios.com for ticketing and reservation inquiries.

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