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Opera Frontier delights both opera fans and opera-phobes. We revere opera. We faithfully excerpt from traditional scores and strive for technically excellent singing. But beyond that, we take outrageous liberties in the service of engaging our audience in unexpected ways . . . through radical changes of context and casting, through the introduction of elements from dance, popular culture, contemporary beat, and narrative. In this way, Opera Frontier redefines the way an audience experiences this glorious music.


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Opera Frontier's Troupe of "choreographable" classically-trained singers perform its portable revue throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. To discuss featuring OFT at your event or for more information, contact

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hard to handel

. . . . Sort of looks like the Nutcracker?!

. . . . . . Sounds like the Messiah!?

Hard to Handel is an artistic confection -- a surprising blend of music and movement that showcases the playful side of George Frideric Handel. Using music from a chamber duet -- written within months of the Messiah and sharing the DNA for two of its great choruses -- Opera Frontier's performance embraces the tension between the text (a melancholy Italian love poem) and the effervescence of this music. We think he would love it.


Gail Simpson *Maria Mikheyenko *
*Dalyte Kodzis * Julia Hathaway *

*Choreography by Jamie Ray Wright *
With Amy LaFaille

Recorded December 2010 at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Rossmoor, CA

This 2009 recording of the third movement (only) of "Hard to Handel" was presented
at UUCB, Berkeley, CA


Gail Simpson *Maria Mikheyenko *
*Dalyte Kodzis * Cass Mann *
Zachary Gordin (Harpsichord) * Jennifer Butler (Cello)

*Choreography by Jamie Ray Wright *

Assisted by Mayra Swatt

*Musical direction by Zachary Gordin *