PROJECTS

Dialogue entre: an experimental trio

A contemporary, immersive meditation on the complicated inner life of iconic early 20th century dance artist, Isadora Duncan; with poetry of Baudelaire & Mallarmé translated by Misha Penton. Misha Penton, soprano. Brent Fariss, double bass. Meg Brooker, dancer and choreographer. Music devised by B. Fariss & M. Penton. Dancestry, Long Center, Austin, Texas. January 2016.                                                                                                                                                  

The Captured Goddess

Fiery flames and smoldering vapor plumes. Wildflowers and wild grasses. An elemental goddess at the mercy of humankind.

American poet Amy Lowell’s 1914 prescient and haunting poem, The Captured Goddess, is told through intense imagery, shot on location: from Houston's Memorial Drive wildflowers to the blazing flares and glowing smoke plumes of our city's ship channel. A seven minute mini-opera, The Captured Goddess illuminates contemporary urban life and our ever-pressing forward, ever-changing world.

Music by Dominick DiOrio. Misha Penton, soprano. Meredith Harris, viola. Kyle Evans, piano. Toni Valle, dancer and choreographer. Misha Penton, director. Raul Casares, director of photography. Cliff Davis, editor. Audio recorded by Todd Hulslander at The Geary Performance Studio, Houston Public Media. Produced by Misha Penton.

In addition to the The Captured Goddess, the digital EP includes two scenes from the chamber opera, Klytemnestra, the original subversive female. On Bandcamp. On iTunes.

ravens & radishes

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

Concert, Music Video Premiere, and Digital EP Release Celebration.
Sunday April 27, 2014. Houston, Texas

The Witch's Granddaughter comes for a wintery garden visit...Rapunzel is locked in the tower; Little Red Riding Hood, lost in the forest, is relentlessly stalked by a She-Wolf; The Sorceress muses in her mirror; Seven brothers are turned to Ravens and only their little sister can save them; the Firebird, encountered on a wooded trail, flies free; forest branches entangle and enchant in a world of light and shadow...

Performers included artistic director and soprano Misha Penton, composer and electric guitarist George Heathco, cellist Daniel Saenz, and dancer and choreographer Meg Brooker.

Photos by David DeHoyos Photography

ravens & radishes digital EP on Bandcamp and on iTunes

Selkie

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 Cole composed the beautiful, haunting, musical setting of words by Misha. Selkie enjoyed it’s world premiere in October 2010: a fairytale evening of achingly beautiful, multidisciplinary, new opera-theater. Misha is in the studio now with pianist, Kyle Evans; cellist, Patrick Moore; and sound engineer mavin, Todd Hulslander.

From Selkie, a sea taleElliot Cole, composer. Misha Penton, soprano & words. Kyle Evans, piano. Meredith Harris, viola. Recorded at KUHA Houston Public Radio, September 2011. Audio Engineer: Todd Hulslander.

CD Release Concert!
CD & Music Video Screening concerts
March 29 & 30. 8pm
4411 Montrose

Performers: Misha Penton, soprano; Kyle Evans, piano; Patrick Moore, cello; and Shannon Langman Smith, mezzo-soprano; with early modern dance specialists Meg Brooker and Yelena Konetchy of Austin-based Thel Dance Theatre, premiering new choreography to accompany the concert. Performance followed by an artist meet & greet with fancy fizzy libations and sweet treats. CDs and download cards available for purchase at the concert.

Selkie On iTunes and on Bandcamp

Klytemnestra

Klytemnestra – The Original Subversive Female — Coming to the Dallas Museum of Art May 17, 2013

She is Seductress. She is Confidante. She is Chaos.
The woman who single-handedly annihilated the most powerful war hero of her time and destabilized a society.

The chamber opera, by Dominick DiOrio (Houston Press Best Composer 2011) is a musical setting of Misha’s libretto. The work highlights the heroine’s complex physiological world and her relationship with her daughter, Iphigenia. For both the world premiere in April 2011 and the re-staging at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston in June 2012, Misha was joined by her multi-arts collaborators: Meg Brooker, dancer; Meredith Harris, viola; Kyle Evans, piano; Shelley Auer, narrator.

Klytemnestra – The Original Subversive Female. Scene 2 – Deception-Attraction. Dominick DiOrio, composer. Misha Penton, soprano, concept, libretto, artistic direction. Meg Brooker, dancer. Meredith Harris, viola. Kyle Evans, piano. June 10, 2012. Museum of Fine Arts Houston.