Our Debut!

Jacopera pic

Our first concert was a success!!

FIRST of all, THANK YOU to everyone who attended.  We wouldn’t be able
to perform without the audience!

Also, a big thank you to our affiliates Chandon and Vines on Pine, who provided goodies for the post-concert reception, and a heartfelt thank you to The National Opera Center for hosting us!

We had an amazing time singing together with Jesse Pieper accompanying on the piano.  Of course, there was definitely some pre-concert stress and last minute obstacles (like being stuck in Manhattan traffic and arriving much later than planned), but that’s the beauty of putting on a live
performance – the show must go on!

Meche Kroop was also in the audience from http://www.VocediMeche.reviews.  She reviewed my concert entitled Belle Nuit that took place this past July, and she returned to review JACOPERA.  We were grateful for both her praises and constructive criticisms – they can only help us improve as performers.  A singer will never be finished learning and growing, as it is the nature of the art form, and of art in general.  There is always something new to discover.

Here are a few snippets of the review:

We particularly enjoyed Ms. Hourihan’s sense of drama in everything she sang, making each aria believable, even when out of context. Mozart’s “Batti Batti, o bel Masetto” from Don Giovanni was a standout and truly conveyed the various strategies Zerlina uses to win Masetto’s forgiveness. This gal can really act!  …We also enjoyed her “O non credea mirarti” from Bellini’s La Sonnambula both the cantabile section and the cabaletta “Ah, non giunge!” in which she unleashed her coloratura skills.

Soprano Anastasia Rege made serious inroads into our disinterest in singing in English. We particularly liked her performance of “The Trees on the Mountain” from Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. …Similarly, “Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas was beautifully rendered with fine diction and lovely phrasing. But she also sang well in Italian–the “Ave Maria” from Verdi’s Otello–always a heart breaker.

Mezzo-soprano Jennie Legary had her finest moment in “Va! Laisse couler mes larmes” from Massenet’s Werther which impacted us with its intense feeling and the richness of Ms. Legary’s voice. She not only handled the French beautifully but also sang in Italian —“O Mio Fernando” from Donizetti’s La Favorita in which she displayed a great deal of strength in the lower register.

The closing number was “Lift Thine Eyes” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah in which the three voices created perfect harmonies that thrilled the ear.

–Meche Kroop, Voce di Meche

I’m incredibly proud of Ana & Jen for the work they did on this concert. They both sounded beautiful, and during the performance, I sat backstage and reveled in how talented they are! Being able to finally perform together was a great experience.  I’m excited to perform with them again…in California!

We are THRILLED to announce that we will be making another JACOPERA debut in San Jose, California, in January.  We hope to see our west coast friends there! More details on that to come in our next
blog post.

Ciao for now,


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