TG Geeks Webcast Episode 352

The Two Gay Geeks 🏳️‍🌈 have a chat with Crystal Manich, Director of The Copper Queen film. Crystal shares her background and how she came to Arizona Opera to direct the then stage production of The Copper Queen and then on to the film version and how this film is on the forefront of transforming the way we look at opera. Have a listen and we hope you enjoy this as much as we did.
 


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About Crystal Manich

Crystal Manich is a Puerto Rican director with almost 70 credits of operas, plays, and musicals. Credits include several productions in Argentina and Australia. THEATER: Nashville Children’s Theatre: Return to Sender (world premiere); Theater Latté Da: Barnarda Alba (musical, based on the Spanish play); Charlottesville Opera: Fiddler on the Roof. OPERA: Pinchgut Opera, Australia: Armida, Rameau Triple Bill; Buenos Aires Lírica: Madama Butterfly, Adriana Lecouvreur, Werther, Ernani; Wolf Trap Opera: Rigoletto; two filmed scenes programs for streaming in 2020; Daniel Catán’s Spanish language opera Il Postino for Virginia Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Opera Southwest; Pittsburgh Opera: nine productions; Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Tulsa Opera, American Opera Projects, Opera Omaha, Arizona Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Opera Columbus, North Carolina Opera, Opera Delaware, Opera Roanoke, and Lyric Opera of Baltimore. POSITIONS: Former Artistic Director: Mill City Summer Opera in Minneapolis and Opera Omnia in New York; former Assistant Artistic Director Cirque du Soleil: Quidam in Brazil. FOR 2021: Catán’s Hija de Rappaccini streaming live for Chicago Opera Theater; The Copper Queen world premiere film for Arizona Opera.


About The Copper Queen – Film



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Still healing from her grandmother’s death, Addison Moore finds herself checking into The Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, Arizona. Aware of the ghost stories and hauntings, Addison fearlessly elects to stay in Room 315, the location of the heartbroken Julia Lowell’s death a century ago.

But what draws Addison to Room 315? And why does she want to face Julia’s ghost?

COMPOSER
Clint Borzoni

LIBRETTO AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
John de los Santos

DIRECTOR
Crystal Manich

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Haley Stamats

CONDUCTOR
Daniela Candillari

SCENERY DESIGNER
Liliana Duque Piñeiro

COSTUME DESIGNER
Alice Louise Fredrickson

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Cindy Limauro

CAST
Vanessa Becerra
Sarah Coit
Joshua Dennis
Keith Phares
Joseph Lattanzi
Peter Morgan
Ian Christiansen



Watch the film at these links (there is a fee)

https://ondemand.azopera.org/products/the-copper-queen-film-1

https://www.thecopperqueenfilm.com


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