About the Creators
Theresa Koon received her BA in Humanities from Lewis & Clark College and Marylhurst University. Her Master of Music Degree in Voice came with a full Fellowship Grant at the University of Victoria B.C.
In these two degrees and throughout her life, Theresa has balanced her love of music and performance with her avid thirst for intellectual and philosophical inquiry. She has lived in France, Germany, Canada and the United States, putting together programs that invite audiences to explore characters, languages, stories, emotions and musical expression with her. She calls these gatherings “Opera for the Hesitant”, though the material is often further reaching than opera alone.
Now Theresa is drawing on her background education in Art History, as well as her family’s background as neighbors to the Claudel family in France. The Claudels provided personal stories as well as previously unpublished journals, letters and medical dossiers for Theresa’s research into the story of Camille Claudel.
The result of several years of scholarship and music composition was a two-act opera about Camille and her brother, the writer Paul Claudel. In PROMISE, Theresa explored an artist’s relationship with society while probing the complicated destructiveness of Camille’s choices.
Theresa is familiar to Northwest audiences for playing leading roles as a singer and actress with many area theater companies and orchestras. She has also appeared with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, the Britt Festival, the Arizona Opera, and has toured with The Flying Karamozov Brothers and the Community Concert Association, among others.
Internationally, Theresa was engaged for three years performing leading roles with the Thueringer Landestheater in eastern Germany, and she has sung with Opera Nova in Canada. She has founded and arranged music for two acclaimed performing groups: dADa and Opera for the Hesitant, and has produced two recordings on the ZigZag Sound label.
Additional Music for Promise is by Christy Slovacek
Christy Slovacek’s work as piano soloist, accompanist and composer has met with wide audience appeal for its sensitivity and explorative qualities.
With a flair for improvisation, she has created vivid musical imagery for theater, choral, dance, and visual arts productions including a video collaboration with visionary artist Deborah Koff-Chapin. She has concertized throughout the western United States, Germany and Austria, highlighted by inspired performances at the Sofiensaal Concerthall in Vienna.
Locally, Christy has been an accompanist, arranger and composer for several solo performers and performing groups including Theresa Koon, Liz Keever and “Melinda and the Angels”. “Wakening Heart”, a recording of Christy’s compositions was released in 1991, and “Opera for the Hesitant” with Theresa Koon, appeared in 1997.
Dramaturgical Editor John Murrell
John Murrell is one of the most frequently produced of all Canadian playwrights. His plays have been translated into 15 languages and performed in more than 30 countries. In addition to Filomena and Frobisher, with music by John Estacio, Murrell will be the librettist for a new opera commissioned by composer/conductor Bramwell Tovey, to receive its premiere in Calgary Opera’s 2010-11 season.