Eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin, hair, heart.
To rape means “to seize, carry off by force, abduct.”
These things are taken away all at once, but must be collected back one at a time, in pieces, and reassembled with care.
— Maggie Finnegan [Reassemble With Care]

1 in 5 women are raped at some point during in their lives and in 8 out of 10 cases, the victim knows her assailant. Despite this, rape is one of the most under-reported crimes in this country. Opera singer Maggie Finnegan's answer to these devastating statistics is to create an experience to unite, heal, and embrace her community of survivors and allies. Joined by The Broken Consort, a musical ensemble made up individuals who are not only incredible musicians, but deep friends, she is creating a staged song cycle entitled Reassemble With Care. In Reassemble With Care, creator, librettist and soprano Maggie Finnegan tells her personal story of sexual harassment and rape through text, music and movement. The work features devised music by Maggie Finnegan and The Broken Consort as well as composed music by Dominick DiOrio. Maggie Finnegan, who has established herself as a consummate performer of contemporary opera both nationally and abroad is proud to be venturing into the world of creation with the premiere of Reassemble With Care. Because of the personal nature of this work, it was very important to her to assemble a team of musicians and artists who are not only incredible artists, but with whom she holds a deep personal connection. She found her perfect fit in the The Broken Consort. As core member since 2015, Maggie and the artists of The Broken Consort have developed deep friendships and shared many profound experiences. Fueled by her commitment to those like herself who were silenced or ignored in the wake of their sexual assault, she strives to create a safe, nurturing space to explore the topic and facilitate healing and empowerment. It is her wish that by telling her own story, others will be encouraged to share their truths and join a community of survivors.

Maggie Finnegan [Creator, Librettist, Soprano]

Hailed by the Washington Post for her “silvery, pitch-perfect voice” and by Opera News for her “noteworthy acting prowess,” Maggie Finnegan is a versatile soprano, singing repertoire spanning from medieval to contemporary. Awards include the S&R Foundation's 2017 Washington Award, First Place in the Washington International Competition for Voice, and second place in The American Prize for Women in Opera. Specializing in new music, she has sung premieres with the {Re}Happening Festival, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, The American Chamber Opera Company,Vital Opera and the Center for Contemporary Opera. Career highlights include The Sound of Music with Paper Mill Playhouse, The Metropolitan Opera Guild's School Touring Program, and was featured as a soloist in the revival of the play Extraordinary Measures, in which she worked with tony award winning playwright/activist Eve Ensler.

An avid concert performer and recitalist, Maggie made her international concert debut last season at the PyeongChang Winter Music Festival in South Korea. Recent concert appearances include performances with with Beth Morrison Projects, the Avanti Orchestra, the Capital Fringe Festival Chamber Series, The New Dominion Chorale, the City Choir of Washington, Boston Lyric Opera Signature Series, the Handel and Haydn Society and the Halcyon Stage. She is a core member of the critically acclaimed chamber ensemble The Broken Consort

This season includes Maggie's European Operatic debut in L'Enfant et les Sortileges with the Belgian National Orchestra, her German and Dutch debuts in Louis Andriessien's Odysseus' Women / Anais Nin, the world premiere of PermaDeath: A Video Game Opera and a duo recital with opera star Stephanie Blythe. 

 www.maggiefinnegansoprano.com

The Broken Consort [Ensemble]

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The Broken Consort is an exuberant and experimental chamber ensemble with a story to tell. We are an American based ensemble seeks to present original, adventurous, and passionate concert programs with an emphasis on rhetorical, socially relevant, and historically-informed narrative. Every concert is an aural and sensual experience. We specialize in contemporary and historical improvisations, and have a special affinity to long-lost voices and living composers.

Praised as “early music turned early magic,” TBC has “bewitched and beguiled” critics with our “extraordinary sonorousness” and “imagination". The Broken Consort has performed for enthusiastic audiences across the United States, Mexico, and Canada as presented by leading early music and  chamber music series since its inception in 2010.

Every TBC program features a different vision, attitude, and voice that is uniquely ours. Our collaborators include dancers, theater directors, writers, audio artists, composers, musicologists, and lighting designers.  TBC has collaborated with composer Emily Lau on her debut album "Isle of Lucidity" to great acclaim, and has just completed recording an album of her music, "Opus 1 & 2: Radical Softness and The Glorious Cuntata", with GRAMMY-nominated producer Keith Weber.

Over the past 7 years, TBC has developed an unique method of artistic exploration: for 7-10 days, artists converge, live, cook, rehearse, explore, party, laugh, and get to see one another as whole human beings under the banner of a project. The ability to truly focus and witness one another's strength and vulnerabilities as artists and humans yields magical results both externally and internally. We believe that our deep connection to one another is evident in our artistic presentation

TBC is the resident professional ensemble of the Big Mouth Society in Portland, OR. 

 

Emily Lau [Music Director]

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Award-winning composer, singer, and performance artist Emily Lau (b.1984) fuses elements of ancient music with contemporary techniques to tell unique aural and visual stories. Through the process of music-making and sharing, she fosters social and personal conversations that inspire compassion and actions.

BBC Radio calls her contemporary compositions "haunting" and "emotional", Cleveland Classical Review praised her singing of medieval music "striking", and Boston Musical Intelligencer called the multi-media shows she produced and directed “magical” and “imaginative”. This Hong Kong-native has set up permanent camp in the strange and fascinating cultural landscape that is the USA with periodic encouragement by major institutions, in both classical and other popular genres.  As a composer, she has written for GRAMMY-winning ensembles, network television shows, NPR, and more. As a singer and director, she has appeared on leading chamber and early music series and festivals both domestically and internationally. She has presented clinics and lectures at Wellesley College, Harvard University, ASU, University of Arizona, UCLA, and numerous high schools and community arts programs. 

As a singer and director, her primary interest is medieval, renaissance, and contemporary music. As a social advocate, she has devoted herself to the causes of homeless children, inner-city sexual and reproductive education, LGBTQ rights, and expressive arts outreach in correctional facilities.  Emily is most drawn to the communicative, explorative, and empathetic experiences that come out of the artistic process. 

Emily is the founding artistic director of the eclectic chamber ensemble The Broken Consort, a founding member of the Disobedient Femmes, an award-winning performance art troupe, a board member of Early Music America, a collaborator in numerous artistic projects, a social advocate, an avid food and animal lover, a friend, a lover, and a person who cannot help but dream aloud.  She holds an M.Mus. in Early Music Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College, a B.A. in Music and Sociology from University of Miami, and multiple fellowships, scholarships, and residencies throughout her academic and professional career.  Emily builds community and curates new projects in Portland as part of Big Mouth Society, an organization she founded to change the standard presentation and funding of the arts. She also serves on the voice faculty at Reed College.

Emily's singing can be heard on several major labels, including Dorian, Gothic, Reference, and Albany, amongst them the GRAMMY-winning project Far in the Heavens. Her compositions can be heard on Isle of Lucidity (2012), the soon-to-be-released Isle of Majesty (2019), and Opus 1 & 2: Radical Softness & The Glorious Cuntata, and on various artists' new music albums.

https://www.emily-lau.com/

Dominick DiOrio [Composer]

The music of young American composer Dominick DiOrio has been called “a tour de force of inventive thinking and unique colour” (Gramophone) and “[full of] sunny rays of heavenly light” (Opera News). In 2014, he was named the winner of The American Prize in Composition with the judges saying "his depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style set him in a category by himself."

DiOrio has a particular affinity for the human voice. He has written two operas, three choral symphonies, many extended song cycles, and numerous works for choruses of all sizes and abilities. He is deeply committed to equality of opportunity and many of his compositions explore issues of social justice, inequity, and the role of communities in society. 

His music is widely performed, published, and recorded, having been presented in major venues across the United States as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Recent commissions include new works for Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Soli Deo Gloria and Cor Cantiamo, the University of Missouri Kansas City and the University of Illinois for its sesquicentennial celebration. His works are published with Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, G. Schirmer, Oxford, and others; and they can be heard on albums released with Divergence, MSR Classics, Naxos of America / Seraphic Fire Media, and New Dynamic Records.

Also an accomplished conductor, DiOrio has guest conducted ensembles both domestically and abroad including the Young People's Chorus of New York City, the University of Maryland Chamber Singers, the University of Hawai’i Choirs, Ars Veritas (Göteborg), and the Houston Chamber Choir. Hired at age 28 and promoted to associate professor at 31, DiOrio is the youngest-ever tenured member of the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the director of NOTUS, an elite chamber chorus that specializes in performing and commissioning new music of living composers. 

DiOrio earned the DMA, MMA, and MM degrees in conducting from the Yale School of Music, and the BM in composition from Ithaca College. 

www.dominickdiorio.com

 

Rachel Dart [Stage Director]

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Rachel Dart is a New York City-based director who brings a feminist perspective to both new play development and existing works. Rachel is also the founder of Let Us Work, an advocacy group that aims to combat and end sexual harassment in theater by effecting change in policy and culture.

Directing credits include EST/Sloan, EST/Youngblood, Culture Project, #serials at The Flea, York Theatre, the Frigid Festival, The New Collectives, and The Atlantic Alumni Workshop and Acting School. Rachel is a proud alumna of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Professional Training Company, the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps, and DirectorsLabChicago. She has assisted at The Vineyard, BAM, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, and The Acting Company, among others. BFA, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Rachel is currently assisting Daniel Sullivan on The Nap on Broadway as a Samuel J. Friedman Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club.  

www.racheldart.com

 

‘The final stage of healing is using what happens to you,
to help other people’
[Gloria Steinem]