Performer & songwriter Angela Sclafani celebrates her unsung female heroes
with an anthemic song cycle for the next generation of women .
Within an original lyrical and sonic landscape, twelve unsung women
from history sing to their great loves: the object of their careers.
An aviator sings to her airplane, an acrobat to her tightrope, an astronomer to her comet.
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the Love songs
Meet The Team
Angela Sclafani is a New York City-based performer and songwriter. Her debut musical, The Other Side of Paradise, which she wrote, co-produced, and performed in, premiered in Ars Nova's All New Talent Festival. Angela is a resident of the Orchard Project Greenhouse, a 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, and a first place winner of the 2018 Great American Song Contest. She was also a 2018 recipient of the Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant. As a performer, notable projects include Todd Almond’s Kansas City Choir Boy starring Courtney Love, Liz Swados’ The NYU Reality Show, New York workshops of Teen Commandments’ Burn All Night and Heidi Rodewald’s The Good Swimmer, as well as The Winter Masquerade Ball at the McKittrick Hotel. She also appeared onstage with the british-pop band Years & Years as a backup vocalist on the North East leg of their Communion tour. Her recorded music releases, Your Ghost and Blossom, are available to stream and download online. Angela graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama. www.angelasclafani.com
Nominated for Best Newcomer of 2015 at the International Opera Awards in London, Mary Birnbaum has been singled out as a stage director to watch. Her recent production of The Rape of Lucretia at Juilliard garnered a rave from Anthony Tommasini at The New York Times who called it “viscerally overwhelming”. Other New York credits include Die Zauberflöte (Juilliard), the premiere of Jeremy Denk and Steven Stucky’s The Classical Style at Carnegie Hall in December 2014, and a 9-singer chamber version of Eugene Onegin, also for the Juilliard School, co-led by conductor Matt Aucoin. Internationally, her work has taken her to Taiwan, Melbourne, Costa Rica, and Tel Aviv. In the summer of 2016, she directed Otello at the National Symphony Orchestra, Taipei. Regionally, she has directed at Seattle, Santa Fe, Houston TX, Ojai and Berkeley, CA, Columbus, OH, and Charlottesville, VA. Her production of Hänsel und Gretel in Houston was #2 on a list of ‘Best Operas in 2014’, following only the Ring Cycle at HGO. Ms. Birnbaum has produced and developed new plays and theatrical events in New York. From 2009-2012, Birnbaum founded/ran a theater company, Art Party, which produced story-specific events that engaged the audience in creative ways. She has also worked with playwrights to develop new work, most notably in the Soho Rep Writers/Directors Lab and at Ars Nova. She co-wrote/directed a feminist pop-concert called Baby No More Times with Melissa Lusk and Caroline V. McGraw. Recent projects include the premiere of Kristin Kuster and Megan Levad's opera Kept at the Virginia Arts Festival, Double Exposure at Opera Philadelphia and As One at Lyric Opera Kansas City.