Selkie, A Sea Tale
World Premier, New Opera-Theater

Seduction to dive below the waves… Have you ever wanted something so much that you’d pursue it without a thought to saying goodbye to your current life? We have. Join us in an other-worldly environment for a fairytale evening of achingly beautiful, multidisciplinary, new opera-theater.

Selkie, a sea tale is a dreamy love tale inspired by Selkie mythology: the half-human, half-seal beings that shed their skins and become human for a time. Elliot Cooper Cole composed the beautiful, haunting, musical setting of words by opera singer and Divergence Vocal Theater artistic director, Misha Penton. Media and lighting design is by award winning theater artist, Megan M. Reilly from Austin; and theatrical installation design by Houston photographer and fine artist, David A. Brown. Selkie, a sea tale is part of Opera America's National Opera Week celebration.

Selkie, a sea tale is part of Opera America's National Opera Week celebration.

Join us Saturday eve for an after-party with Two Star Symphony.

Selkie, A Sea Tale
Selkie, A Sea Tale
World Premier, New Opera-Theater

Seduction to dive below the waves… Have you ever wanted something so much that you’d pursue it without a thought to saying goodbye to your current life? We have. Join us in an other-worldly environment for a fairytale evening of achingly beautiful, multidisciplinary, new opera-theater.

Selkie, a sea tale is a dreamy love tale inspired by Selkie mythology: the half-human, half-seal beings that shed their skins and become human for a time. Elliot Cooper Cole composed the beautiful, haunting, musical setting of words by opera singer and Divergence Vocal Theater artistic director, Misha Penton. Media and lighting design is by award winning theater artist, Megan M. Reilly from Austin; and theatrical installation design by Houston photographer and fine artist, David A. Brown. Selkie, a sea tale is part of Opera America's National Opera Week celebration.

Selkie, a sea tale is part of Opera America's National Opera Week celebration.

Join us Saturday eve for an after-party with Two Star Symphony.

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

ravens & radishes: a new operatic song cycle

April 27th, 2014

ravens & radishes: a new operatic song cycle
Misha Penton, lyrics, concept, artistic direction
George Heathco, music
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2014

ravens & radishes

Misha Penton, soprano, lyrics
George Heathco, composer, electric guitar
Daniel Saenz, cello
Sam Houston State University. Guest Artist. September 2014

ravens & radishes

ravens & radishes: a new operatic song cycle
Concert, Music Video Premiere, and Digital EP Release Celebration
4411 Montrose
Sunday April 27, 2014. 6:30pm

2013

Quartus Chamber Players

Colorless Moon
Works of Fauré, Chausson, Rota, and Golijov
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Houston
November 10, 2013. 7pm
Tickets & Info

Ravens & Radishes: A Telling of Tales

Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble
World premiere song cycle
George Heathco, composer, electric guitar
Misha Penton, soprano, lyrics
July 21, 2013 (private house concert)

Klytemnestra, the original subversive female

Dallas Museum of Art
Dominick DiOrio, composer. Misha Penton, libretto, concept & artistic direction
Misha reprises her role as Klytemnestra
May 17, 2013. 9pm

Selkie, a sea tale

Elliot Cole, composer. Misha Penton libretto, concept, soprano
CD & Music Video Release concerts
March 29 & 30, 2013
Divergence Vocal Theater

Poulenc & Rorem: an evening of art song

- with pianist, Sherry Cheng & Tony Kitai, cello
Houston Chamber Music Series
January 27, 2013

PAST PERFORMANCES

2012

Coming Together: The Music of Frederic Rzewski

- with George Heathco & Luke Hubley
Station Museum of Contemporary Art
Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble

The Crain Garden Concerts

- with pianist Sherry Cheng
Methodist Center for Performing Arts Medicine

Klytemnestra (Dominick DiOrio, composer)

Misha Penton, soprano (Klytemnestra), libretto, concept/artistic direction
Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Ordinary-Extraordinary

Concert and Artist in Residence
Lone Star College Montgomery (TX)

 
 

Music for Peace (world premiere Ofer Ben-Amots)

The Rothko Chapel Houston
Foundation for Modern Music

2011

Klytemnestra (Dominick DiOrio, composer. World premiere)

Misha Penton, soprano (Klytemnestra), libretto, concept/artistic direction
Divergence Vocal Theater

Autumn Soiree (art songs & other theatrical wonders)

Misha Penton, soprano, concept/artistic direction
Divergence Vocal Theater

Evening Star (evening of contemporary art songs)

Misha Penton, soprano, concept/artistic direction
The Rothko Chapel, Houston

Voix et Harp (19th & 20th century melodie, poetry, dance)

Misha Penton, soprano, concept/artistic direction
Museum of Fine Arts Houston

2010

Selkie, A Sea Tale

Misha Penton, soprano (Sailor’s Wife), libretto, concept/artistic direction

2009

The Dybbuk (Ofer Ben-Amots)

Misha Penton, soprano (Leah)
Jewish Community Ctr, Artist Residency (TX)

 

Autumn Spectre (contemporary art songs, dance, spectacle)

Misha Penton, soprano, concept/artistic direction
Divergence Vocal Theater

Incline, Maiden (James Norman world premiere)

Misha Penton, soprano (Margarite)
Audio Inversions, New Music Ensemble

The 10th Muse (Gounod’s Sapho – adaptation)

Misha Penton, soprano (Sapho), adaptation, concept/artistic direction
Divergence Vocal Theater

2008