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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. 

Access

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.

Inclusion

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.

Impact

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.

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Our Team

Artistic Director: Jeffrey Mandelbaum


  Project Manager/Co-Director: Rod Gomez

                    Company Advisor: Hannah Arie-Gaifman

Executive Producer: Marty Jeiven


Artistic Administrator: Heather Bobeck

Development Coordinator: Janet Lees

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Advisory Council

                   Marty Jeiven             Hanna Arie-Gaifman

 

Linda Monssen [In Memoriam]                  Ann Mandelbaum                  Wiebke Moore

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