Virtual Showcase: 4/9 @ 2 PM CT

Excerpts from the March-April installment of the Aria Institute: Mezzo Edition will be streamed online in a virtual showcase on Saturday, April 9 from 2-3 PM CT.

Hear brand-new opera arias for mezzo-soprano written by Marianna Mott Newirth, Spicer Carr, Ellen Denham, Greg Nahabedian, Sandra Flores-Strand, Monica Chew, Susan Bradley Smith, Rylan Leo Helmuth, Megan Cohen, Del’Shawn Taylor, Caroline Cao, and Vance Maverick.


  1. 0:03 General Intro (Anne Wieben)
  2. 2:44 Intro to “Through Gold, We Perceive”, from _Singing Stones_ (Tess Altiveros)
  3. 4:33 “Through Gold, We Perceive” (Ellen Denhem / Del’Shawn Taylor)
  4. 8:12 Intro to “Send Me Memories”, from _Suffering Suffragettes_ (Tess Altiveros)
  5. 9:08 “Send Me Memories” (Susan Bradley Smith / Rylan Leo Helmuth)
  6. 14:27 Intro to “Galadriel’s Test”, from _Lord of the Rings: The Opera_ (Tess Altiveros)
  7. 15:46 “Galadriel’s Test” (Caroline Cao / Monica Chew)
  8. 20:02 Intro to “Lady of the Shield-Arm, Rise Up”, from _Lord of the Rings: The Opera_ (Tess Altiveros)
  9. 21:00 “Lady of the Shield-Arm, Rise Up” (Marianna Mott Newirth / Del’Shawn Taylor)
  10. 25:03 Intro to “Shut My Mouth With Meat”, from _Three Cadets_ (Tess Altiveros)
  11. 26:28 “Shut My Mouth With Meat” (Megan Cohen / Greg Nahabedian)
  12. 30:13 Intro to “Away With the Circus”, from _Natalya & Sons_ (Tess Altiveros)
  13. 30:51 “Away With the Circus” (Megan Cohen / Spicer Carr)
  14. 34:30 Intro to “Sulfur”, from _Gladstone Manor_ (Tess Altiveros)
  15. 35:56 “Sulfur” (Caroline Cao / Monica Chew)
  16. 40:10 Intro to “All Else is Ash” (Lisa Neher)
  17. 41:00 “All Else is Ash” (Susan Bradley Smith / Greg Nahabedian)
  18. 44:41 Intro to “Kira’s Confession” (Lisa Neher)
  19. 45:28 “Kira’s Confession” (Sandra Flores-Strand / Vance Maverick)
  20. 49:24 Parting Words (Anne Wieben)

Featuring performances by Lisa Neher, Courtney Kayser, Anne Wieben, Jodi Goble, and Lindsey Huff Breitschaedel. 

The March/April 2022 Aria Institute was co-directed by Anne Wieben, Basil Considine, and Tess Altiveros, and made possible through financial support from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.