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LYNN BAKER. Lynn Baker is an Assistant Conductor and English diction coach at the New York City Opera. She has performed with Opera New Jersey, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Washington Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Pittsburgh Opera Center, Opera Delaware, American Opera Projects, Tulsa Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera. Lynn is a frequent collaborative recitalist. In March, 2009 she will be featured in a recital of Spanish and Latin American music at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Morgan Library in New York. CARLOTTA BOSCH. Carlotta Bosch is one of Spain's most promising young actresses. Combining modeling, fine arts and stage design, she studied filmmaking and acting in NYU with two great American coaches: Gary Swanson and Bob MacAndrew. Currently, she is developing her skills in the Studio of Juan Carlos Corazza (Madrid) while she is finishing her screenwriting studies with New School (NY). She has been cast in numerous roles, including the short film by Swiss director and producer Edouard Getaz: "Virgin Red" (NY). Carlotta is now preparing a feature-length film with Spanish director Carles Torrens. THOMAS CUNNINGHAM. He formed the Manhattan Choral Ensemble with Matt Laufer in the fall of 2000. With the MCE, he has conducted the Handel Dixit Dominus, Bach's Cantata 131, the Vivaldi Gloria, the Stravinsky Mass, and other masterworks for choir and orchestra. Through the New Music for New York commissioning project, he has perrformed the premieres of newly-commissioned works by George Andoniadis, George Steel, Patrick Castillo, Charles Griffen, Greg Brown, Nico Muhly, and other aspiring and established composers. RICARDO LLORCA. Llorca was born in Spain and lives in New York working as faculty member at The Juilliard School since 1996. He has been Composer-in-residence for The New York Opera Society for the years 2007-08 and 2008-09. He has been commissioned to compose works for numerous events and institutions, including the Virginia Luque Debut Recital at Carnegie Hall; Composers Series at Lincoln Center (1993); The New York Public Library; Queen Sofía Spanish Institute; Henning Rúbsam’s “Sensedanse”; Festival Iberoamericano de las Artes ( 2004 ); The Empty hours was premiered in the Cathedral of Berlin in September 2007. LAURA REY. During the season 2007-2008, Ms. Rey was a "Resident Artist" in the Bavarian State Opera House conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano. Laura Rey started 2008-2009 season, singing with the very acclaimed tenor Marcello Giordani. Ms. Rey will perform the "Soloist" in Handel's Messiah this coming Christmas with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. She has sung in Puerto Rico, United States, Central and South America, Europe and the Middle East. She was awarded by ASCAP as"Best Latin Music Songwriter of the Year 2000", in Los Angeles, CA. She is currently a faculty member of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. PABLO ZINGER. Pablo Zinger (Uruguay) is widely known as a conductor, pianist, writer, composer, arranger, lecturer and narrator. He specializes in the music of Astor Piazzolla, tango, Spanish zarzuela, and Latin American vocal and instrumental music. He has conducted and played throughout the Americas and in Spain, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Japan, South Africa, Germany and Norway. In 2006 he conducted the premiere in Moscow of Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires, in 2005, the closing of Paquito D'Rivera's Carnegie Hall 50th. Anniversary Concert and in 2008 Paquito’s program with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. His critically acclaimed CD's include Tango Apasionado with Astor Piazzolla, Chamber Music from the South and the Grammy nominated The clarinetist with Paquito D'Rivera. THE MANHATTAN CHORAL ENSEMBLE (MCE). MCE is one of the premier volunteer choirs in New York City, performing an historically varied repertoire for mixed a cappella choir & choir with orchestra. The MCE strives to connect its programs to the city it calls home through its focus on local composers, concerts in historical landmarks, and neighborhood-themed programming. The group recorded the soundtrack to the 2004 feature film The Manchurian Candidate. THE NEW YORK OPERA SOCIETY (NYOS). The New York Opera Society (NYOS) benefits artists and audiences alike through high quality, performance-driven, just-in-time productions here and abroad, offering fresh and sometimes provocative interpretations of contemporary and classical works.

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UNITED NATIONS Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium 17 November at 6:30 p.m.

2008 International Year of Languages


“Las Horas Vacías” Programme Notes by Ricardo Llorca

Empty Hours / Las Horas Vacias by: Ricardo Llorca

It is Friday in the woman’s apartment. And like every Friday evening she has a date to chat on her computer. She hates her surroundings, thinks of her childhood days and tells her chatting counterpart anything that comes to her mind in an imploring and often flirtatious manner. “Las Horas Vacías” - an opera/monodrama for soprano, actress, chorus, piano and strings orchestra - is a work about a lonely woman, addicted to internet, who lives in her own fantasy world. “Las Horas Vacías” is an attempt to explore a psychological process, so common in our contemporary world: the loneliness and the increasing feeling of emptiness experienced in the developed Western societies.

SOPRANO: Laura Rey ACTRESS: Carlotta Bosch

Excerpt from the libretto:

PIANIST: Lynn Baker

“Cuando llega el viernes solo quiero que venga la noche, y que venga ¡QUE VENGA PRONTO! .... para poder encerrarme aquí... contigo... en mi cuarto.. (mirando alrededor)... En este cuarto donde sólo hay sitio para ti y para mi. En este cuarto sin puertas ni ventanas donde apresaremos las palabras para que no puedan escaparse nunca ni ser oídas por quien no merece escucharlas. En este cuarto donde solo quiero ser yo misma y así poder olvidarme de todo: de mi trabajo, de mi familia, de la gente que me rodea... ¡DE TODO!... Solo le tengo a ti, ¿sabes?...”

Manhattan Choral Ensemble New York Opera Society Orchestra

“When Friday comes around, all I want is for the night to come, for it to come as soon as possile, so I can lock myself uphere... with you... in my room ( looking around). In this room where there’s only space for you and for me. In this room without doors or windows whre we’ll keep our words hidden away so they can’t ever escape or be heard by anyone who’s not worthy of hearing them. In this room where I only want to be myself and forget about everything else: my job, my family, the people around me, EVERYTHING!... You’re all I have; do you know that?”

CONDUCTOR: Pablo Zinger

PRODUCTION MANAGERS: Jennifer Cho, New York Opera Society Javier Zanon, Language & Communications Programme Mira Davocol, Events Coordinator

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With Special Thanks: Marcel A. Pazos, the Argosy Foundation, the Spanish Consulate, Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana Benjamin Carrión, The Permanent Mission of Ecuador, The Consulate of Ecuador, Setmana de Musica Sacra de Benidorm, and Meet the Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections Program New York, The Permanent Mission of the Dominican Republic, The Permanent Mission of Chile, The Permanent Mission of Guatemala, A.T. Nguyen and Rob Pollock, Elaine and Mel Kaplan, Miriam Warner, Edward Boyer, Eric Beck and Mick Beekhuizen


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