Aleda or The Flight

of the Suff Bird Women

One-act chamber opera in three scenes

 June 8 & 9 @ 7pm, June 10 @ 5pm

 CLYNK, Glenville Business & Technology Park

Route 5 (Amsterdam Rd)

Scotia/Glenville, NY 12302

(directions)

Music and libretto by Max Caplan

Commissioned and produced by Musicians of Ma’alwyck, Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, Director

Stage Direction by Krysta Dennis                                           Musical Direction by Timothy Reno

Leda Richberg-Hornsby, "aviatrix" from Chicago—Mezzo-soprano Tess McCarthy

Ida Blair, N.A.W.S.A. publicity leader—Soprano Jean Leonard

Mary Otis Willcox, N.A.W.S.A. Staten Island leader Contralto—Mezzo-soprano Erica Sparrow

A Reporter for the New York Sun - Baritone Byron Nilsson

 

Set in Staten Island in 1916, the opera tells the true story of a unique women's suffrage demonstration attempted by early female pilot Leda Richberg-Hornsby and the National American Woman Suffrage Association (N.A.W.S.A.). Equipped with a bi-plane, a cargo of votes-for-women petitions, and a huge banner reading "Women want liberty too," the suffragists endeavored to fly over New York Harbor during a national celebration at the Statue of Liberty in order to "bomb" President Woodrow Wilson with petitions. The elaborate plan ended in something of a fiasco as a gale of wind forced a premature crash-landing in a Staten Island swamp (luckily no one was hurt) – yet the attempt stands as a testimony to the courage and inventiveness (not to mention dramatic flare) of these women in their struggle for the right to vote.  The presentation of the opera coincides with the 100th anniversary year of the passing of women suffrage in New York State.

The performance will open with “Burden of the Ballot,” a one-act play taking place in May 1917 at Historic Cherry Hill in Albany.  Hear both sides of the suffrage question through the hopes and fears of women living during this important movement in American history.

Ticket prices $25, $10 students

 

 

 

Aleda Events

May 2 @ noon - Press Conference, CLYNK 

May 21 @ 7pm - Creating Aleda, lecture/preview, Union College, Emerson Hall (campus map)

Attend a free lecture and preview to learn how this landmark opera was created and meet the cast and technical team, hosted by Union College.  

May 21 @ 8pm - Backer’s Audition, Union College, Burns Gallery (by invitation only)

If you are interested in supporting this opera, please call for more information about the private backers' party at 814-441-0852.

May 22 @ 10am -  “Schenectady Today” with Ann Parillo

May 23 @ 11:10am -  WAMC Roundtable

Air date TBD - WMHT interview & taping

June 3 - Times Union newspaper

June 3 - Lecture/Preview, Siena College 

June 7 @ 7pm - Dress rehearsal

June 8 @ 7pm - Opening Night

June 9 @ 7pm - Aleda Performance

June 10 @ 5pm - Aleda Performance

Download the Aleda newsletter to learn more about the Aleda story and the talent behind this extraordinary and cutting edge production 

Sponsorship/Corporate Underwriting Opportunities

We are delighted to bring the Suffbird story to life, and you can help. There are many different areas at many different levels possible for underwriting (and, of course, you can just make a general donation as well), including individual singers and instrumentalists, stage, music and lighting directors, sponsor the composer and more. Each level of sponsorship will include mention in the opera program and, at certain higher levels, invitations to private receptions, VIP seating, subscription tickets, rehearsals and a chance to meet the person you have sponsored.

  • Underwrite a performance: $5,000
  • Underwrite the composer: $3,000
  • Stage or Music Director: $2,500
  • Lighting, set, technical or costume designer: $1,500
  • Singer: $1,250
  • Concertmaster: $1,250
  • Member of the orchestra: $75

Donation Perks

$5,000 and above

  • Name in program
  • Special VIP seating
  • Coupon for discount on our 2018-19 season
  • Two free tickets to opening night reception
  • Complimentary beer or champagne toast at opening reception
  • Special patron parking at performance
  • Invitation to dress rehearsal of Aleda on June 7th at 7pm

$2,500-4,999

  • Name in program
  • Special VIP seating
  • Coupon for discount on our 2018-19 season
  • Two free tickets to opening night reception
  • Complimentary beer or champagne toast at opening reception
  • Special patron parking at performance 

 $1,000-2,499

  •  Name in program
  • Special VIP seating
  • Coupon for discount on our 2018-19 season
  • Two free tickets to opening night reception
  • Complimentary beer or champagne toast at opening reception

$500-999

  • Name in program
  • Special VIP seating
  • Coupon for discount on our 2018-19 season
  • Two free tickets to opening night reception

$250-499

  • Name in program
  • Special VIP seating
  • Coupon for discount on our 2018-19 season

$100-249

  • Name in program
  • Preferred seating

$50-99

  • Name in program

DONATE

Upcoming Events

  • Jun 8
    CLYNK,  Scotia/Glenville
     
  • Jun 9
    CLYNK,  Scotia/Glenville
     
  • Jun 10
    CLYNK,  Scotia/Glenville
     

Music in the Schuyler Mansion

Debut CD Now Available

"Music in the Schuyler Mansion"

Contact Us

Musicians of Ma'alwyck

511 Mohawk Avenue
Scotia, NY
814-441-0852

annmarie@musiciansofmaalwyck.org