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Orpheus in the Underworld - the Boston Opera Collaborative - the Strand Theatre

Posted: June 21, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

Orpheus in the UnderworldBoston Opera Collaborative to premiere new translation of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld July 26th-29th 2012 - Strand Theatre

Boston Opera Collaborative presents Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach with David Gram directing and Maria Sensi Sellner conducting.  World premiere of the new English translation by Steven LaCosse. Performed in English with English supertitles. Post-performance Tutti! reception following the July 28th performance.

The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA.

July 26
Friday July 27
July 28
July 29

Tickets are FREE, thanks to generous support from The Free for All Concert Fund, Inc. Tickets are available for reservation at

Boston Opera Collaborative is a non-profit membership organization managed by its vibrant artists, dedicated to cultivating exceptional performance opportunities beyond higher education and to producing dynamic opera that engages Boston audiences.

Contact: Brandon Milardo

Originally from Toronto, Canada, David Gram is the Artistic Director of Boston Opera Collaborative. Currently a Boston-based theatre and opera director, actor, and teacher he most recently directed the musical Curtains at the Boston Conservatory.

Selected stage directing credits: Crickets, The Theatre of the Grand Guignol, The Scarlet Letter, Merrily We Roll Along (Book Director), A Little Night Music, The Good Person of Szechwan, Lord of the Flies, What the Butler Saw, Bug, A Man of No Importance, Waiting for Godot, Tartuffe, Twelfth Night, The Maids, and the musical City of Angels.

Selected opera credits include: The Magic Flute for Opera del West; Cendrillon for MetroWest Opera, and La Boheme for Boston Opera Collaborative. David is a passionate and active proponent of new work, and is currently collaborating on two new operas, a musical, and a stage play as director/dramaturge. As an actor, he was most recently seen as Kulygin in Three Sisters, as Thomas in the Boston Center for American Performance's IRNE nominated production of A Question of Mercy, and playing 40 different characters in the one-man show I Am My Own Wife.

David received his MFA in Directing from Boston University, where he is currently on faculty. He is also an Associate Artist with the Boston Center for American Performance, the professional extension of BU's School of Theatre.

Conductor Maria Sensi Sellner is becoming increasingly recognized by musicians and audiences for her versatility, clarity, integrity and "gentle directness" that results in emotionally moving and effective musical experiences. She made her conducting debut with the Akron Symphony Orchestra earlier this season with Beethoven's Meeresstille und Gluckliche Fahrt.

This summer she debuts in Boston conducting Orpheus in the Underworld with Boston Opera Collaborative. This season has also included critically acclaimed performances of Don Pasquale at Hubbard Hall Opera Theater (NY), and a return to her alma mater to conduct Suor Angelica (directed by Dorothy Danner). Ms. Sellner is the Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus and Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, chorus of choice of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She is in her tenth and final season as Music Director of the All University Orchestra and String Theory Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Mellon University.

Previous opera conducting credits include productions of Dialogues of the Carmelites, Street Scene, L'Incoronazione Di Poppea, and The Consul for the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music.

She was an Assistant Conductor at Opera Carolina in 2009, and has assisted on productions at Pittsburgh Opera, Indianapolis Opera and Opera Theater of Pittsburgh. In 2008 and 2009, she conducted on the Discovery Series Concerts at the Oregon Bach Festival as a part of the masterclass with renowned Bach conductor Helmuth Rilling.

Ms. Sellner earned master's degrees in composition and conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Maestro Robert Page, and has continued private study with Kenneth Kiesler and Fiora Contino.

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