A Chamber Opera in One Act
Music by Tom Cipullo
Libretto by David Mason
Featuring special presentation
by Dr. Barbara S. Burstin
May 16th at 6pm
The Frick Pittsburgh – North Lawn
Join us for this special presentation of Tom Cipullo’s chamber opera, After Life. This story is led by the “conjuring” of the spirits of Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso as they reminisce on their World War II days and question who it is that has brought them back from the after life. We meet a young girl, a victim of the Holocaust, and she poses the question of why some are remembered and others are not.
This performance will be preceded by a special presentation by esteemed Jewish studies scholar, Barbara S. Burstin.
Come enjoy a beautiful evening of remembrance on the grounds of The Frick as we commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate Pittsburgh’s rich, Jewish heritage.
The presentation is sponsored in part by The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh
Visit https://hcofpgh.org/ to learn more.
Thank you to The Frick Pittsburgh for making this event possible! Thank you to West Liberty University for the use of their sound equipment and to The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle for promoting this event.
Meet the Artists
Jenifer Rose Weber, Gertrude Stein
Jenifer Rose Weber, BM Performance (Voice) Indiana University-Bloomington and MM Performance (Voice) University of Missouri-Kansas City is a Southwestern Pennsylvania native. She lives and works in Pittsburgh, teaching from her home studio and performing whenever she can. Jenifer has worked with most of the local companies, including the Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and performs at new music festivals around the country from time to time. She founded the Opera on Tap Pittsburgh chapter and is looking forward to bringing opera back to the tiny masses. Her next performance is Sound of Jewish Music presented digitally on June 9th.
Franklin Mosley, Pablo Picasso
Franklin Mosley is a Baritone originally from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Before moving to Pittsburgh, Franklin received his master’s degree in voice from Boston University where he studied with the late Dr. Jerrold Pope. Franklin is no stranger to Pittsburgh, though. He is also an Indiana University of Pennsylvania alumni. Franklin plays the piano, organ, and does some music directing when he gets the chance. Currently working by day as a receptionist for a nonprofit organization, Franklin also sings for the choir at Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran where Mr. Larry Allen is the Minister of Music.
Sarah Nadler, Young Girl
Sarah Nadler (soprano) is delighted to perform her first role with Steel City Opera! She has been praised for her “beautiful soubrette” voice with “delicate precision” (PGH In The Round). Sarah has performed roles with The Pittsburgh Savoyards as Rose (Ruddigore), Casilda (The Gondoliers), Josephine (HMS Pinafore), and Elsie (Yeomen of the Guard). Favorite roles: Yvette (La Rondine), Amarilli (Il Pastor Fido), Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera), Miles (The Turn of the Screw). Sarah is the soprano section leader of Calvary Episcopal Church and Cantorial soloist at Tree of Life Or L’Simcha. Sarah is pursuing a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology at Pitt. Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Music 2017; Baldwin Wallace University, Bachelor of Music 2015
Rebekah Hill, piano
Rebekah Hill is a collaborative pianist for singers, chamber musicians and choral ensembles throughout the Pittsburgh area and Director of Music and Liturgy at La Roche University and the Sisters of Divine Providence, Providence Heights. In addition, she maintains a private studio of vocal coaching clients. As a vocal coach and pianist, Rebekah has worked with several opera companies including Sarasota Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Undercroft Opera (Head of Music). She also has been music director for children’s and teen’s musical theater programs, including Plays-In-The-Park in New Jersey. Rebekah attended the Hartt School of Music and the University of Notre Dame, receiving degrees in Piano Accompanying from both institutions.