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Glottalopticon - the first series of its kind in San Diego - is dedicated to presenting new, experimental, and rarely performed works that expand the traditional definition of opera. The series showcases performers, composers, and artists whose professional careers center on experimentation and collaboration. It offers San Diego audiences the unique opportunity to experience exceptional talent through a varied and eclectic range of music-theatre in the intimate and comfortable setting of the Space4Art outdoor stage and gallery spaces. Presented with minimal trappings in a casual environment, the audience is invited to experience this art form liberated from opera house expectations.
Invisible People (A Radio Opera) – Premiere
Black. Queer. Opera. Cinema. Glottalopticon invites you to experience the staged premiere of Invisible People (A Radio Opera) by Yvette Janine Jackson. Featuring soprano Malesha Jessie along with Abner Genece, Jackson's opera weaves together myriad sonic impressions to form an essay on homophobia from an African American perspective. The evening launches off with a new collaboration with visual artist Ava Porter.
Composer, sound designer, trumpet player, editor, engineer, media manager and production director are just a few of the roles Yvette Janine Jackson has held over the past 15 years. She studied music at the RD Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and holds a B.A. in Music from Columbia University and M.A. in Music from UC San Diego. Yvette received San Francisco's Dean Goodman Choice Award for Sound Design in 2002 and was awarded Theatre Bay Area's 2004 Eric Landisman Fellowship.
She has worked with Aurora Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, Campo Santo, Oakland Public Theater, Crowded Fire, Asian American Theater Company, Cultural Odyssey, Golden Thread Productions, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, Joe Goode Performance Group and more. Other projects include music for ABC's Nightline, online game soundtracks for Altoids Arcade, sound collages for art installations, celebrity voice-over production and interviews with top authors, politicians and community leaders.
Ava Porter is a photographer, installation artist, and experimental filmmaker. Her art attempts to analyze the overlooked influences and exploited bystanders of Western popular (entertainment, religious, and war) culture, vis-a-vis the history of aggression and theories of embodied cognition. She has worked in film for over 10 years and has exhibited work in New York, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Most recently her short, I Exist For You, was screened at the LA Film Festival. She obtained her B.A. from UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture in 2007 and is currently a Visual Arts MFA student at UCSD.
Malesha Jessie is a versatile vocal artist of traditional opera, concert, world and contemporary music. Her engagements include principal roles with the Los Angeles Opera and San Francisco Opera, as well as appearances with the American Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, and American Opera Projects . In 2010, Malesha staged impromptu concerts in spaces across Brooklyn, NY in bodegas, laundromats, buses and barbershops. Her performances and the resulting interactions with spectators, collectively named Guerilla Opera, were apart of the exhibition, "Cultural Fluency: Engagements with Contemporary Brooklyn" at BRIC Arts. Malesha received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Arts from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She performed with the San Diego Opera last season.
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