• Posted November 05, 2017
    We have reached our initial goal but we still need more to ensure post production! Let your friends know about this project. If all our friends donated $10, I am confident we would be well on our way. Hoping to have fundraising event early in 2018 in NYC -- we will keep you informed.
  • Posted October 23, 2017
    LAST DAY of our campaign! Final chance to be part of preserving the world premiere of an opera about which Alex Ross of the NEW YORKER said this past July, "Of the recent gay operas I’ve seen, those that linger longest in my mind are the two by Spears. “Paul’s Case,” inspired by the Willa Cather story, merely hints at the sexuality of its central figure, who flees from dull reality to his doom. “Fellow Travelers,” based on Thomas Mallon’s novel, is set in the period of Cold War homophobic witch hunts; it is a tale of forbidden love without a happy ending, although neither of its lead characters meets the tragic fate common in narratives of this type. What sets these pieces apart is the intimate power of Spears’s musical voice, which is unlike that of any composer now working—a kind of shivery, fraught simplicity. Ultimately, opera hinges not on a composer’s passion for the subject but on his or her affinity with the material: there must be a sense that the story could be told no other way. Spears has an eerie ability to suggest interior landscapes that go unseen, interior lives that go unspoken. In giving us glimpses of hidden selves, his music becomes universal in reach." https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-decline-of-opera-queens-and-the-rise-of-gay-opera
  • Posted October 22, 2017
    We may have made our HATCHFUND goal but we are still only half way to the total expense for the recording. Please encourage friends and arts supporters to continue donating. Thank you for all your support!
  • Posted October 21, 2017
    Only 3 days left and only $1,130 for our minimum. But please feel free to go over. Our minimum goal is only part way toward paying for the project. Meanwhile, read William V. Madison's blog to see why this opera is so personally important to so many of us. https://billmadison.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-case-for-recording-of-pauls-case.html
  • Posted October 18, 2017

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    ONLY 6 DAYS LEFT to raise $ 3, 300. Please share our effort with friends and others that may be interested. Thanks to all who have helped so far! The finale to the world premiere performance is in the video! Enjoy.
  • Posted October 10, 2017
    Our t-shirts, based on the world premiere poster, are in and look great! For a $75 donation, which becomes $150 with our matching grant.
  • Posted October 07, 2017
    We are excited to announce a $5,000 one-for-one matching grant. Donate $20 and we receive $40. Donate for an autographed recording ($250) and we receive $500. Thanks to all our future supporters and all who have donated so far.
  • Posted October 07, 2017

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    Trailer for the 2013 world premiere production featuring the same cast as for the recording.
  • Posted October 07, 2017
    Over $10, 000! Two thirds of the way toward our minimal goal! If we receive $ 1,000 per day (4 autographed CDs) for the rest of our campaign, we will be well on our way to recording this wonderful opera.
  • Posted October 04, 2017
    thanks to Mark Adamo, composer of the operas LITTLE WOMEN and BECOMING SANTA CLAUS and more for his support.
    2/3 toward our minimal goal and almost 1/4 toward total goal.
    Pictures from the World Premiere staging of PAUL's CASE
  • Posted October 01, 2017
    Thanks to Erin Sanzero for her Facebook video support from backstage of her performances of DON PASQUALE -- https://www.facebook.com/bachtothebarbell?hc_ref=ARSp-YBBQq9GN4NgF-MKlBd1mLNtAGoR-y-WH7bZzoibYPHP5Me0-4rMsg9sAYPAhqw    Please feel free to share.

    Thanks again to the brilliant Alex Ross for his continuing support also --   https://twitter.com/alexrossmusic/status/913968078500782080
  • Posted September 30, 2017
    We are almost 60% toward our first goal and very grateful for all the support.

    Two of our cast are opening in operas this week:
    -- Soprano Erin Sanzero opens Saturday, 9/30 in Donizetti's DON PASQUALE at Livermore Valley Opera -- http://livermorevalleyopera.com/production/donizettis-don-pasquale/
    -- Jonathan Blalock (Paul) opens Friday, 9/29 in the world premiere of Julian Wachner / Cerise Lim Jacob's REV 23 with White Snake Projects in Boston -- http://www.whitesnakeprojects.org/projects/view/REV-23/Events/-1/

    A lookback at a review of the world premiere of PAUL's CASE -- "The words “world premiere” don’t always translate to “Must-See,” but in the case of Paul’s Case, a post-minimalist, compact opera unveiled by UrbanArias at Artisphere, they’re synonymous."
    http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2013/04/21/pauls-case-at-urbanarias-by-terry-byrne/
  • Posted September 25, 2017
    Cast for our recording is a busy group. I will be highlighting some of their upcoming appearances over the coming week:
    Baritone James Shaffran (principal / ensemble) Appearances include:
    -- 9/25: Father in Debussy's l'Enfant Prodigue, Carya Ensemble, Church of the Epiphany, Washington DC
    -- 10/29: Baritone soloist,  Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs, New Dominion Chorale, St Luke Catholic Church,  McLean, VA
    -- 11/5: Baritone soloist, Bruckner Mass in F minor,  City Choir of Washington, National Presbyterian Church,  Washington,  DC (personally, I love Bruckner's masses)
    -- 12/1-2: Bass soloist,  Bach Christmas Oratorio, Kentucky Bach Choir,  Lexington,  KY
    -- April '18: Sergeant in Barber of Seville,  Washington National Opera
    -- 5/6: Baritone soloist,  Bach/Bruckner, Choralis, National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
  • Posted September 21, 2017
    Over 40% toward our initial goal. Hoping to reach that by a week from Monday.

    For a limited time, anyone who donates $50 or more to PAUL'S CASE that lives or will be in the Boston area, Sept 29 through Oct 1, Jonathan Blalock (Paul) is offering a pairs of tickets to see him in the world premiere of Julian Wachner/Cerise Lim Jacobs ' REV 23. More info about this opera at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O9Caq-lp8I Let us know which date you want tickets for by contacting johnfeather@verizon.net.
  • Posted September 17, 2017
    Tomorrow (Monday, Sept 18) at 1:30 p.m. -- Jonathan Blalock, who created the title role in Gregory S Spears / Kathryn Walat's opera PAUL'S CASE will discuss the role LIVE on Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/OfficiallyJonathan/

Recording of PAUL'S CASE, one act opera by composer Gregory Spears based on classic Willa Cather short story, with world premiere cast.