Marcina Zaccaria

Marcina Zaccaria
editor - Theatre and Opera

Marcina Zaccaria is a writer, director, and arts administrator.  She is published in the New Crit section of Howl Round, and her clips can be found on Twitter.  She has written monologues, published in "InterJACtions:  Monologues from the Heart of Human Nature (Vol. II)," available on Amazon. She has directed readings and plays in venues that include New Dramatists, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Soho Rep, Dance Theater Workshop, TheaterLab, and the Ohio Theater.  She curated a Salon at Dixon Place.  This one day event featured visual artists, spoken word artists, dancers, filmmakers, and theater artists. Marcina is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and is a reader for the New York Musical Festival.  Arts administration experience includes providing support for the Executive Director/ Contemporary Programming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.  She has worked in ticket sales at the Roundabout Theatre Company and Manhattan Theater Club.  She has an MFA from Columbia University.  

Meredith Monk’s “Cellular Songs” At Brooklyn Academy Of Music

Those who like to combine pop culture with classical practice might find something of a younger Alanis Morissette in Meredith Monk.  Drawing her strength from within, she intones.  Silence is as important as the sound, as the tone dips and builds.  Monk sings, “Oh, I’m a thinking woman, I’m a thinking woman.”  She is in the moment, present, and recognized.

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Vietnam Is A Lullaby Of Dissolution In “My Lai” at BAM

Composer Jonathan Berger has created an opera that is incredibly soothing, when played by Kronos Quartet and Vietnamese Musician Vân-Áhn Võ.  It’s a blissful and dreamy soundscape.  Kronos Quartet is David Harrington on violin, John Sherba on violin, Hank Dutt on viola, and Sunny Yang on cello.  In My Lai, they are precise, as they gesture toward Vân-Áhn Võ.  She plays several instruments, dan bau (single-string box zither), dan tranh (16-string board zither), and t’rung (a visually striking helix-shaped xylophone with bamboo rods).  The Vietnamese instruments look like chimes; a stringed instruments is played like a digital sampler. 

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“The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” at the Guggenheim

The joy of creation is wrapped in the trappings of human frailty. Steve doesn’t seem paranoid or suffering from delusions in this opera. A California dreamer, destined to take over the computer world, his sensitivity isn’t outweighed by his desire to improve.

Taking every step to humanize the journey, the lyricist mentioned that in the process of creating a new computer, Apple founders were searching for making a machine that has a personality. It’s a clever blend of spiritualism that includes Buddhist study, as a catalyst for revolution.

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What is Live?

Live – what is it and why does it matter? The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series brings the best opera in the world to over 2,000 screens. The 10th anniversary season of MET Live in HD was on October 8, 2016. Fans of regular Met performances – who prefer the viewing experience of seeing opera at the movies -can see Met Live in HD in 72 countries around the world.

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Spectacle and Tradition at the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival

Eastern and Non-Western theater performances are not to be missed. In terms of seeing Asian art, Heisei Nakamura-za features some of the most impressive Kabuki theater in the world. Heisei Nakamura-za’s current production, Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree), was a revelation. The performance was held from July 7th – 12th at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center.

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