I Give You My Home
Beth Wiemann composer
I GIVE YOU MY HOME is a site-specific chamber opera inspired by Rose Standish Nichols and the Nichols House Museum in Boston MA that premiered June 3, 2022. This elegant new opera paints a portrait of Rose, a professional Bostonian woman, and highlights her professional work as a landscape architect as well as her efforts to affect change through activism in the Women’s Peace Movement and Women’s Suffrage. Soprano Aliana de la Guardia portrays Rose in this opera, and is joined by saxophonist Philipp A. Stäudlin and percussionist Mike Williams.
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Track Listing & Credits
|01||Scene 1||Beth Wiemann||Guerilla Opera | Aliana de la Guardia, soprano; Philipp A. Stäudlin, saxophone; Mike Williams, percussion||5:09|
|02||Scene 2||Beth Wiemann||Guerilla Opera | Aliana de la Guardia, soprano; Philipp A. Stäudlin, saxophone; Mike Williams, percussion||4:35|
|03||Scene 3||Beth Wiemann||Guerilla Opera | Aliana de la Guardia, soprano; Philipp A. Stäudlin, saxophone; Mike Williams, percussion||7:31|
|04||Scene 4||Beth Wiemann||Guerilla Opera | Aliana de la Guardia, soprano; Philipp A. Stäudlin, saxophone; Mike Williams, percussion||4:54|
|05||Scene 5||Beth Wiemann||Guerilla Opera | Aliana de la Guardia, soprano; Philipp A. Stäudlin, saxophone; Mike Williams, percussion||9:47|
|06||Scene 6||Beth Wiemann||Guerilla Opera | Aliana de la Guardia, soprano; Philipp A. Stäudlin, saxophone; Mike Williams, percussion||3:42|
Recorded March 4 & 5, 2022 at the University of Maine in Orono ME
Recording Producers Beth Wiemann, Aliana de la Guardia, Mike Williams
Recording Session Engineer, Editing, and Mixing Joel Gordon
Cover Photograph Jeffrey Means
Executive Producer Bob Lord
A&R Director Brandon MacNeil
A&R Danielle Sullivan
VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette
VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland
Guerilla Opera is one of Boston’s most exciting young companies creating brave new works. Founded in 2007, the ensemble has accumulated a repertoire of 40 new works, which continues to grow, by the most exciting composers of our generation. In daring performances, they have garnered a national reputation for innovative contemporary opera, with the Boston Globe raving that “radical exploration remains the cornerstone of everything it does.”
Aliana de la Guardia
The Arts Fuse lauds de la Guardia’s sound as “lovely, natural” and “as clear and powerful as grain alcohol.” As an active soprano vocalist, Aliana de la Guardia has garnered acclaim for her “dazzling flights of virtuosity” (Gramophone) in “vocally fearless” performances that are “fizzing with theatrical commitment” (The Boston Globe). A graduate of the Boston Conservatory and consummate interpreter of new classical concert repertoire, she has enjoyed collaborations with many ensembles featuring today’s most eminent composers including “Scenes from a Novel” and “Kafka Fragments” with violinist Gabriela Diaz by György Kurtág, “Aspen Suite” by Salvatore Sciarrino,“Nenia: the Death of Orpheus” by Harrison Birtwistle conducted by Jeffery Means, and the world premiere of “Earth Songs” by Ronald Perrera with New England Philharmonic, among others.
Beth Wiemann was raised in Burlington VT, studied composition and clarinet at Oberlin College, and received her Ph.D. in Theory and Composition from Princeton University. Her works have been performed in New York, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, Washington DC, the Dartington Festival (United Kingdom), the “Spring in Havana 2000” Festival (Cuba), and elsewhere by the ensembles Continuum, Parnassus, Earplay, ALEA III, singers Paul Hillier, Susan Narucki, DíAnna Fortunato, and others. Her compositions have won awards from the Opera Vista Chamber Opera Competition, the Orvis Foundation, Copland House, the Colorado New Music Festival, American Women Composers, and Marimolin as well as various arts councils. A founding member of Griffin Music Ensemble, a contemporary music group in Boston, she premiered many clarinet works and conducted composer-in-the-schools workshops in the Boston and Worcester public schools. A CD of Wiemann’s music, Why Performers Wear Black, was released on Albany Records in 2004. Songs of hers appear currently on the Capstone, Innova, and Americus record labels.
Hailed by The Boston Globe as “one of the city’s best percussionists,” Mike Williams has performed throughout North America and Europe and is a regular performer in Boston. An advocate for contemporary music, he is a founding member of Guerilla Opera and served as its artistic director for 11 seasons. Williams has worked with many of the leading composers of our time including Pierluigi Billone, Philippe Leroux, Salvatore Sciarrino, Gunther Schuller, Roger Reynolds and Michael Finnissy, and he has been involved in numerous recordings on labels such as Cantaloupe, BMOP/sound, Albany, and Northwest Classics. He was a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center and has performed at festivals including the Festival de Mexico, Gaudeamus Music Week, Festival Internacional Cervantino, Monadnock Music, New Hampshire Music Festival, and SICPP at New England Conservatory. Williams studied at Boston Conservatory, winning top prize in the concerto competition, and the Amsterdam Conservatory during which time he regularly performed with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra under Peter Eötvös. Williams is on the music theory faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Philipp A. Stäudlin
Philipp Stäudlin is an award-winning virtuoso saxophonist who has performed hundreds of concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His characteristic tonal qualities, deep sense of phrasing, and superb technical skills make him one of the most unique voices in today’s classical saxophone world.
Rose welcomes guests to her Sunday salon and prepares to make a special announcement as she describes the house and the art within it for new guests.
Rose recalls her childhood in boarding schools in both New England and Paris, France, and her formative education.
Rose reflects on her artistic journey. Inspired by her “Uncle Gus” (Augustus Saint-Gaudens), she explores the artistic outlets that led her to landscape design.
Rose muses on the importance of symmetry and order in landscape design, and how these qualities act as a metaphor for designing a life.
Rose recalls her years of work advocating for Women’s Suffrage, for peace during the first and second World Wars, as well as women’s roles in those wars.
Rose makes her special announcement to her guests: she will make her house a museum that is open to people always.