Vertical Player Repertory

Vertical Player Repertory Vertical Player Repertory creates ensemble-driven opera theatre, brings fresh theatrical vision to standard repertoire, introduces a diverse public to rarely-performed operas from the 17th to the present century, and promotes and commissions new opera.

Vertical Player Repertory creates ensemble-driven opera theatre in extraordinary venues. VPR brings theatrical integrity and an unconventional spirit to an eclectic mix of repertoire in settings that have ranged from a factory courtyard on the Gowanus Canal to the last active shipping port in Brooklyn. VPR’s unique vision and adventurous use of place invite both performer and audience to re-imagin

Vertical Player Repertory creates ensemble-driven opera theatre in extraordinary venues. VPR brings theatrical integrity and an unconventional spirit to an eclectic mix of repertoire in settings that have ranged from a factory courtyard on the Gowanus Canal to the last active shipping port in Brooklyn. VPR’s unique vision and adventurous use of place invite both performer and audience to re-imagin

Operating as usual

Two years ago—just love these shots by Chris Walker.
09/21/2021

Two years ago—just love these shots by Chris Walker.

05/16/2021

Want to hone your opera performance skills with Judith Barnes, Felix Jarrar, Peter Szep, and masterclasses with Anthony Roth Costanzo and Francesca Mondonaro? Please check out the program at the Brooklyn Music School.

MAKE YOUR CABARET DEBUT!!Felix Jarrar and Peter Szep teaching a Cabaret Workshop that culminates in a showcase at legend...
05/14/2021
Summer Vocal Arts — Brooklyn Music School

MAKE YOUR CABARET DEBUT!!
Felix Jarrar and Peter Szep teaching a Cabaret Workshop that culminates in a showcase at legendary Don't Tell Mama on Saturday June 26th through the Brooklyn Music School! Sessions twice a week in June.

An intensive summer program in professional-level opera training, vocal arts & performance

11/28/2020
GRACIAS A LA VIDA

For anyone joining us for tonight’s performance the viewing link has changed. Please see the livestream here: https://youtu.be/dxZatx8LbnQ.

Vertical Player Repertory presents GRACIAS A LA VIDA Maria Brea, soprano Colby Charnin, piano An intimate program of traditional Sephardic songs on the theme...

The wonderful soprano Maria Brea talks about singing professionally while carrying twins. She has one more gig scheduled...
11/24/2020
My pregnancy experience, twin pregnancy and being an opera singer

The wonderful soprano Maria Brea talks about singing professionally while carrying twins. She has one more gig scheduled before settling down to welcome them to the world, and we’re so honored that it is with Vertical Player Repertory this Saturday at 5pm. It will be an intimate recital accompanied by her husband Colby Charnin and streamed live on YouTube. Don’t miss it, this woman sings like an angel!

Hola a todos! My name is Maria Brea and I am an opera singer. I live in NYC and I am expecting twins. I hope you find this video useful for your own journey....

THE VIRTUAL CONSTITUTION: The VPR Chorus and Soloists from the original Constitution cast are back at work under the dir...
10/02/2020

THE VIRTUAL CONSTITUTION: The VPR Chorus and Soloists from the original Constitution cast are back at work under the direction of conductor Peter Szep and artistic director Judith Barnes, making videos of selected Articles and Amendments from Ben Yarmolinsky’s setting of the text of the United States Constitution, including those addressing Voting Rights, Treason, Cruel and Unusual Punishment and others. We’re also collaborating with the Grace Chorale under Jason Asbury to record the 5th and 6th Amendments with orchestra. More info coming soon! Fab photos courtesy of Chris Walker.

09/09/2020
Vocal Arts — Brooklyn Music School

Last year, Judith Barnes' and Peter Szep's Opera Worskhop at the Brooklyn Music School was live onstage. This year, we are going virtual!

There are a few spots left in this wonderful immersion into opera performance. With masterclasses by the amazing Anthony Roth Costanzo, Francesca Mondanaro, Margi Sharp Douglas, Deborah Houston, and a core team of Judith, Peter, and Felix Jarrar, this is going to be a very rich experience. We have a few spots left and there are partial scholarships available as well. It starts Sept 14 and meets twice a week though Oct 15.

Singers, come and sing with us! Teacher friends, please let your talented students know about this opportunity!

https://www.brooklynmusicschool.org/summer-vocal-arts-opera-cabaret-training-program

An intensive summer program in professional-level opera training, vocal arts & performance

Roland Burks in The Constitution, photo Christine Walker
06/15/2020

Roland Burks in The Constitution, photo Christine Walker

Artistic director Judith Barnes will be speaking about the pleasures and pitfalls of directing opera on a panel Wednesda...
02/11/2020
Europa's Opera: Three Acts: Panel Discussion with Producers

Artistic director Judith Barnes will be speaking about the pleasures and pitfalls of directing opera on a panel Wednesday 6:00 PM at Deutsches Haus NYU in some distinguished company, including Philip Schneidman of the little OPERA theatre of new york, Dorian Bandy, and Harvey Sachs. Come for a foretaste of VPR's upcoming production of Le Pauvre Matelot and excerpts of Les Mamelles de Tiresias in March!

https://as.nyu.edu/deutscheshaus/cultural-program/events/Spring2020/europa-s-opera--three-acts--panel-discussion-with-producers.html

Deutsches Haus at NYU hosts a panel discussion about Europa's Opera: Three Acts among Philip Shneidman, Dorian Bandy, and Judith Barnes, which will be moderated by Harvey Sachs. This conversation is part of Europa's Opera: Three Acts, which showcases productions by three of New York City’s most ...

Good times at the Blue Building! Was it really so long ago!?!
11/19/2019

Good times at the Blue Building! Was it really so long ago!?!

The Dwarf by Yoav Gal, directed by Doug Fitch. Performances Nov 21 & 23. Rehearsal shots by Andrei Severny

Vertical Player Repertory
11/09/2019

Vertical Player Repertory

Vertical Player Repertory's cover photo
11/09/2019

Vertical Player Repertory's cover photo

Great excitement to be singing the words of the Constitution this week as events unfold in our country. Audiences and pe...
09/27/2019
The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio by Benjamin Yarmolinsky

Great excitement to be singing the words of the Constitution this week as events unfold in our country. Audiences and performers both are energized and empowered! It is a powerful affirmation #knowyourrights

We are still in the middle of a fundraiser to support the production. Please contribute if you can. All the money goes to our wonderful performers!

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/the-constitution-a-secular-oratorio-by-benjamin-yarmolinsky

Exciting News! We met and exceeded our initial $2,500 goal! We have now raised our sights to a new goal of $4,500 and four more performances in September, including Constitution Day on September 17th. The whole cast is very excited about getting back together as it has ...

Weekend Art Events: September 27-29 (DUMBO Drop, Ladies Of Sorrow, Bare Men & More) - BKLYNER
09/26/2019
Weekend Art Events: September 27-29 (DUMBO Drop, Ladies Of Sorrow, Bare Men & More) - BKLYNER

Weekend Art Events: September 27-29 (DUMBO Drop, Ladies Of Sorrow, Bare Men & More) - BKLYNER

Enjoy the first weekend of fall with exhibits, movies, opera, and more. Morbid Anatomy returns for another pop-up exhibit at Green-Wood Cemetery and the Brooklyn Public Library is hosting an open house. If you’re looking to get outdoors and enjoy the autumn weather, click here for our list of fest...

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09/26/2019
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Weekend Art Events: September 27-29 (DUMBO Drop, Ladies Of Sorrow, Bare Men & More)
DUMBO, Brooklyn Morbid Anatomy Green-Wood Cemetery, 5th Avenue at 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 National Sawdust BPL Presents Booklyn Kings Theatre LittleCaribbean Vertical Player Repertory The Living Gallery Bushwick Film Festival

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So looking forward to reviving my staging and performance of Phaedra which premiered last week at #LEIMAY as part of my year-long fellowship. Now on a newly conceived evening of monodramas at Vertical Player Repertory with the wonderful performers Elise Brancheau, Chelsea Feltman, Doug Han, Brian Sanders, and Adrianna Matteo, directed by Steve Witting. Music of Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten and the brilliant Melissa Dunphy. Tickets on sale now! Please join us for an intimate evening of fascinating music and theater.