April 2023 E-News

Greetings from sunny Southern California! I am excited to share some opera news with you:

On February 3, 2023, the Wilmington Concert Opera Original Cast Recording album for Girondines was released! [I confess it is a tad amusing to me to have the release date of this opera featuring several waltzes to be “2-3-23.”] You can stream the album via AmazonMusic, Spotify, AppleMusic, Pandora, YouTubeMusic, and more platformsPhysical CD copies of the album are being manufactured presently by DiscMakers and will be available to ship in May! Click the button below for CDs:

Album proceeds benefit the opera’s composer-librettist team (myself and Kirsten C. Kunkle) as well as Wilmington Concert Opera (WCO), an exclusively woman- and minority-run company founded on principles of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility. For those curious to compare outcomes of online vs. physical CD enjoyment: album streaming online results in fraction-of-cent proceeds for artists vs. physical CD purchases generating artist income in whole dollars. (Plus you’d have a beautiful keepsake which features cover art by yours truly 🎶 .)

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This album is receiving great reviews, including a write-up on the Operaville blog:

“Composer Sarah Van Sciver and librettist Kirsten C. Kunkle have created a stirring, intriguing concert opera about six prominent women of the French Revolution… Kunkle addresses the imposing morass of French politics by approaching at an intimate level, beginning with the good possibility that these six women conferred with each other on a regular basis. Van Sciver delivers these meetings with propulsive piano parts that convey the tension and terror in the Paris streets, while the addition of cello and violin add the feel of an 18th century salon. Especially in the early pieces, she works these meetings into conversational fugues, imbued with fascinating layers, harmonics and rhythms. The primary subject of these discussions is Charlotte Corday…[who] reveals her plan to murder Jean-Paul Marat, the Montagnards’ leader (“September Massacre.”) Librettist Kunkle sings the piece herself, deploying a powerful soprano and a great sense for emotion and dynamics. Two of the top notes are so forceful and exposed that they will stop the listener cold… Other intriguing pieces in the work are “My Dear Marie-Antoinette,” a musing by the queen’s favorite portraitist, Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun (sung by Tracy Sturgis), and “Bonaparte,” a comic jab at Napoleon by writer Madame De Stael, sung with great wit and enunciation by Raffaella Lo Castro. …a remarkable  and stimulating creation.” Michael J. Vaughn, Operaville

And the music has been enjoyed by industry professionals who were introduced to the album via Groover:

“The lyrics are impressive.” -AFIF

“Listening to this artistic artwork is enjoyable for every audience.” -AK-47

“Such a great sound.” -Behrouz

“Amazing performance with powerful lyrics.” -Best Songs from MH

 “La sensibilité et l’intensité sont au rendez-vous… servi avec des arrangements d’une grande richesse musicale. (Sensitivity and intensity rendezvous… served with arrangements of great musical richness.)” -Boulimique de Musique

“I really love the experimentation and mix of genres that you create.” -Gabriele Carone (NewAir Studio)

“The beautiful melody of your music mesmerizes my heart.” -Chaam Sound

The songwriting is excellent.” -Dust Might

“Bellissimo il vocale molto espressivo (very expressive beautiful vocals).” -Frequenze Musicali

“…a moving release with a gorgeous string arrangement and stunning vocals…”FV Music Blog

“Melody that transports… voice that pierces the soul. I like the atmosphere. Wonderful bravo.” -Journal d’une tatouée

“Excellent opera performance.” Last Day Leaf

“Sicuramente potenza vocale e carisma (definitely vocal power and charisma).” -PAKO Music

“The entire composition is a masterpiece.” -PlaylistCamps

 “…an emotional and powerful performance, creating a dramatic and intense atmosphere… piano and the strings complement the sound with complex and enveloping harmonies. The composition is capable of provoking a deep reflection on the social issues that still affect women around the world… a manifesto against gender inequalities and violence, demonstrating the strength and resilience of those who fight for justice and equality. The opera is impressive… sure to leave a lasting mark on listeners’ hearts and minds.” -Rádio Armazém

“Quality performance, really skilled vocal delivery.” -Secret Eclectic

“…vocals are truly remarkable… music is calming and uplifting, with a blend of classical and modern elements that create a unique sound… production is top-notch.” -Showland Productions

“This masterpiece is inspiring.” -UTH Sound

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Wilmington Concert Opera (WCO) produced this Live Original Cast Recording of Girondines, a new opera in English by composer Sarah Van Sciver (c’est moi!) and librettist Kirsten C. Kunkle. Kirsten is a voting citizen of the Muscogee (Mvskoke) Nation who has been lauded as the leading Native American soprano in today’s classical music world. And Sarah writes, arranges, records, and produces scores, songs, sounds, images, and video for opera, film/TV, theater, concert, and studio album productions, blending classical, contemporary, experimental, and commercial styles.

Girondines features a vocal sextet accompanied by piano and strings. The opera shares the interconnected stories of six real-life feminist, intellectual, revolutionary, creative French Revolution women. Three are guillotined: radical murderess Charlotte Corday, moderate feminist writer Madame Manon Roland, and radical feminist writer Olympe de Gouges. Three survive political upheaval: prolific portrait-painter Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun; political theorist Madame Germaine de Staël; and inventive chemist Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze. 

Women are still fighting for their voices. Gender disparity pervades opera composer and librettist distribution, and stereotypes dominate lead opera roles. Stories about real women and their personal goals, desires, and relationships with one another shift opera audience perspectives to be more inclusive of women’s lived experiences. The Girondines story epitomizes inequities, turmoil, abuse, and violence with which women continue to wrestle, struggling for autonomy of mind, body, and soul. Women worldwide pursuing science, literature, arts, and activism are still threatened. Opera itself is one of the battlegrounds on which women still fight to be fairly represented and treated in life and art. The Girondines team is proud to harness the power of opera in a fight for a better future. Vive la résistance!

THE GIRONDINES ALBUM FEATURES:

For folks involved with voice, opera, theater, musical theater, or performing arts venues, companies, festivals, or university programs, please send me a message if you’re interested in exploring opportunities to have your own reading, concert, or staging of Girondines. A piano-vocal reduction score will be available soon – stay tuned!

And for those seeking copies of my earlier albums (songwriting EPs Ophelia’s Song and Puzzle Pieces plus film-scoring and concert music EP Overture to an Adventure), visit the same platforms listed above for streaming and digital downloads, or order physical copies of CDs here.

Seeking a creative collaborator for music, audio, video, web/graphic design, sound, songs, jingles, film, theatre, piano, harp, ukulele, voice, a cappella, mentorship, lessons? I look forward to connecting with you to learn more about how I can help!

Cheers,

Sarah

Listen to my music *live* on the radio, tonight on “The Cheap Seats”!

Cape Cod’s radio station Ocean 104.7 FM

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Tonight @8pm.

A selection from “Puzzle Pieces – EP” will be played tonight as part of the new music portion of the Cheap Seats broadcast.

Special thanks to host Cat Wilson for including my music in tonight’s line-up!

Cape Codders: tune in at 104.7 FM!

Not on Cape Cod? Stream the radio station online.
Like The Cheap Seats on Facebook and Ocean 104.7 on Facebook.
Learn more about The Cheap Seats on Ocean 104.7.

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Video: National Anthem Soloist at the Palestra

Check out the video:

Special thanks to Joshua Craggs and Penn Athletics for giving me the opportunity to sing at the Palestra for UPenn Men’s Basketball. Go Quakers!

Video credit: Will Murdoch.

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Looking to finish up holiday shopping?
Order Overture to an Adventure – EP & Ophelia’s SongEP.

CD Order Holidays

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If you buy my songs as digital downloads through ReverbNation, half of the proceeds go directly to the Fender Music Foundation.

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Check out more of my music

Check out the most recent additions to my Discography

Check out Ophelia’s Song – EP

Ophelia’s Song Preview Video * Overture to an Adventure Preview Video * Ophelia’s Song Lyrics & Credits * Overture to an Adventure Credits Order CDs * Book a Gig * Download my Mobile App * Additional Links

All Original Music and Recordings ©℗ SARAH VAN SCIVER.

Listen to my music *live* on New England radio, tonight on “The Cheap Seats”!

Cape Cod’s radio station COOL 102 (101.9 FM).

Tonight @7pm.

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Selection from “Ophelia’s Song” to be played tonight as part of the new music portion of the show.

Special thanks to host Cat Wilson for including my music in tonight’s line-up!

New Englanders: tune in at 101.9 FM

Stream the radio station online, here: www.TheCheapSeats.net
Check out the station’s Facebook page, here: www.facebook.com/thecheapseats

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Looking to finish up holiday shopping?
Order Overture to an Adventure – EP & Ophelia’s SongEP.

CD Order Holidays

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Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

If you buy my songs as digital downloads through ReverbNation, half of the proceeds go directly to the Fender Music Foundation.

Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

Check out more of my music

Check out the most recent additions to my Discography

Check out Ophelia’s Song – EP

Ophelia’s Song Preview Video * Overture to an Adventure Preview Video * Ophelia’s Song Lyrics & Credits * Overture to an Adventure Credits Order CDs * Book a Gig * Download my Mobile App * Additional Links

All Original Music and Recordings ©℗ SARAH VAN SCIVER.

Order “Overture to an Adventure”…

CDs are arriving, today ~ ORDER YOUR COPY, NOW! 

…OFFICIAL ARTWORK…

Click here for DiscMakers’ 3-D Preview

SPECIAL THANKS TO HANNAH VAN SCIVER FOR HER BRILLIANT PHOTOGRAPHY!

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TRACK LISTING
1. The Final March
2. Days and Days
3. Goodbye
4. Decision
5. Overture to an Adventure
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…RECORDING SESSION PHOTOS…

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Special thanks to
Berenice Leung (cello), David Rosenfeld (oboe), Eugene Chieffo (clarinet),
Geoffrey Baker (viola/violin), Gin Ah Lim (violin), Lawrence Major (violin),
Matthew Roberts (double bass), Sirmina Dremsizova (flute),
Sudarshan Muralidhar (flute), and Yoomi Kwon (cello) … the orchestra
Hannah Van Sciver … photography
William Murdoch … graphic design
Studio Crash … recording / mixing / mastering
DiscMakers & CDBaby … CD production / distribution
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Please stay tuned for announcements regarding:

  • Preview Video for the CD
  • CD Release on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more
  • Digital Downloads
  • Internet Radio and Streaming

 please spread the word 

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Looking to finish up holiday shopping?
Order Overture to an Adventure – EPOphelia’s SongEP.

CD Order Holidays

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Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

If you buy my songs as digital downloads through ReverbNation, half of the proceeds go directly to the Fender Music Foundation.

Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

albumart

Check out more of my music

Check out the most recent additions to my Discography

Check out Ophelia’s Song – EP

Ophelia’s Song Preview Video * Ophelia’s Song Lyrics & Credits * Order CDs * Book a Gig * Download my Mobile App * Additional Links

All Original Music and Recordings ©℗ SARAH VAN SCIVER.

Album Art for New CD…

COMING SOON: “Overture to an Adventure – EP,” featuring 5 original film scoring pieces.

…OFFICIAL ARTWORK…

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Click here for DiscMakers’ 3-D Preview

SPECIAL THANKS TO HANNAH VAN SCIVER FOR HER BRILLIANT PHOTOGRAPHY!

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TRACK LISTING
1. The Final March
2. Days and Days
3. Goodbye
4. Decision
5. Overture to an Adventure
~

…RECORDING SESSION PHOTOS…

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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Special thanks to
Berenice Leung (cello), David Rosenfeld (oboe), Eugene Chieffo (clarinet),
Geoffrey Baker (viola/violin), Gin Ah Lim (violin), Lawrence Major (violin),
Matthew Roberts (double bass), Sirmina Dremsizova (flute),
Sudarshan Muralidhar (flute), and Yoomi Kwon (cello) … the orchestra
Hannah Van Sciver … photography
William Murdoch … graphic design
Studio Crash … recording / mixing / mastering
DiscMakers & CDBaby … CD production / distribution
film background

Please stay tuned for announcements regarding:

  • Preview Video for the CD
  • Pre-Orders
  • CD Release
  • Digital Downloads
  • Internet Radio and Streaming

 please spread the word 

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Looking to finish up holiday shopping?
Order physical copies of Ophelia’s SongEP.

CD Order Holidays

~

Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

If you buy my songs as digital downloads through ReverbNation, half of the proceeds go directly to the Fender Music Foundation.

Sarah%20Van%20Sciver

albumart

Check out more of my music

Check out the most recent additions to my Discography

Check out Ophelia’s Song – EP

Ophelia’s Song Preview Video * Ophelia’s Song Lyrics & Credits * Order CDs * Book a Gig * Download my Mobile App * Additional Links

All Original Music and Recordings ©℗ SARAH VAN SCIVER.

Give the Gift of Music this Holiday Season!

Give music, the gift that keeps on giving, this holiday season.

Order Ophelia’s Song- EP, today.

Gift wrap & autographed copies of the CD available via the Mail-in Order Form.

Also available: contact Sarah if you’d like to send a personalized musical video greeting to someone on your gift list.

CD Order Holidays

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Check out more of my music

Check out the most recent additions to my Discography, (Ayumi Perry)…

Check out my new album

EP Preview Video * EP Lyrics & Credits * Order CDs * Book Sarah for A Gig * Additional Links

All Original Music and Recordings ©℗ SARAH VAN SCIVER.

…Just Added Two More Tracks to my Music Page!

check these out:

I co-produced Baltimore Ave and was the only producer for Lights Out, and I can’t wait to be in the studio again this spring with Dischord!

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