Opera Essentia’s mission is to bring under-reached communities one of history’s most transfixing art forms. We curate the largely unknown works of Handel, arguably the most important composer for the voice, into approachable performances in NYC gardens, parks, and other neighborhood gathering centers.
We bring opera “outside”– literally outdoors, but more importantly, liberated from traditional venues. Contrasting opera’s usually expensive and exclusive productions, we offer ours free of charge in Alphabet City, Harlem, Crown Heights, and other locales with little exposure to baroque music.
Delivered in a concise One Act experience, and performed by a diverse company of world-class musicians, we expose new listeners to neglected works by the composer of Messiah.
Handel perfectly conveys character and emotion through deeply expressive writing for the human voice. Opera Essentia presents this vital music on visceral “gut string” instruments, providing a transformational experience that ALL can enjoy.
Artistic Director: Jeffrey Mandelbaum
Company Advisor: Hannah Arie-Gaifman
Executive Producer: Marty Jeiven
Artistic Administrator: Heather Bobeck
Development Coordinator: Janet Lees
Marty Jeiven Hanna Arie-Gaifman
Linda Monssen [In Memoriam] Ann Mandelbaum Wiebke Moore