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Looking Back at Orpheus

La Descente d’Orphee aux Enfers - Charpentier

November 29, 2020 Place: Boston Early Music Festival


For their traditional Thanksgiving weekend feast, the Boston Early Music Festival opens a treasure trove of video archives for the first time to share FREE streaming broadcasts of two productions inspired by the Orpheus legend from our GRAMMY Award-winning Chamber Opera Series! Please tune in on November 29, 2020 at 3pm to watch a double-bill featuring Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers.

Playing the role of Daphne/Guyot, this was Megan’s first professional opera production back in 2011. She reprised the role with BEMF when they revived the production in 2013. It remains one of her most treasured memories.

These broadcasts will be freely available for a limited time on YouTube – subscribe to BEMF’s YouTube channel today! Be sure to watch for additional new videos, including documentaries on the making of each production, video lectures, and a 30-minute excerpt from BEMF’s 2017 fully staged production of Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise, featuring an Orpheus-themed “opera-within-an-opera” attended by the characters of the larger story.



Recent Events

Lecture on Musician Identity at McNeese

November 16, 2020 Place: McNeese University

This fall, Megan will begin a virtual tour of her lecture on musician identity, a hot topic about which so many musicians crave to understand more. In timeless "heal thyself" fashion, Megan digs into identity theory, athletic identity research, and the existing research on musician identity, which yet remains limited. She walks the audience through common elements of the musician experience, equipping listeners with greater enlightenment and empowerment for navigating their own journeys. 

To book this lecture at your high school or university, contact <[email protected]>.

Houston Baroque

November 1, 2020

After a three-year hiatus, Houston's smallest baroque chamber ensemble is returning for a new season. With a fresh feel, HB's mission is to invite audiences into an intimate and transformative experience of the senses. The ensemble plans to release a recorded musical offering this fall, to help tide over the listening community as we all await the pandemic's end. Then, be on the lookout next spring as Houston Baroque hosts its first live performances since 2017. 

Lecture on Musician Identity at UNT

October 13, 2020 Place: Online at The University of North Texas

This fall, Megan will begin a virtual tour of her lecture on musician identity, a hot topic about which so many musicians crave to understand more. In timeless "heal thyself" fashion, Megan digs into identity theory, athletic identity research, and the existing research on musician identity, which yet remains limited. She walks the audience through common elements of the musician experience, equipping listeners with greater enlightenment and empowerment for navigating their own journeys. 

To book this lecture at your high school or university, contact <[email protected]>.

Disney with The Milal Orchestra

August 8, 2020

On August 8th, The Milal Orchestra will present a virtual concert of Disney songs, on which Megan will perform "A Whole New World" together with baritone Brock Johnson. The mission of this unique orchestra is to embrace and include artists with disabilities. Megan is honored to perform with them on this special concert. While Covid continues to shake our world, the arts continue to be a source of light and joy, displaying the stubborn resilience and hope of the human spirit.

Check out this performance on August 8th by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/Milal...

Olomouc Baroque Festival

July 27, 2020 Place: Czech Republic

Late July through early August promises an international adventure as I cross the ocean to perform two operas at the Olomouc Baroque Festival, including Bononcini's Proteo Sul Reno, and a newly completed version of the very first opera in history, Peri's Dafne.  This rendition of Dafne was edited and completed by Vit Zouhar.  More details to come!

http://baroko.olomouc.eu/en/

Update: Sadly, Covid-19 has wiped out my summer plans to perform in the Czech Republic. I am rallying with new ventures, while holding onto a sliver of hope that my Olomouc performances may be rescheduled next year. Onward and upward!

Don Giovanni

November 8, 2019

On November 8th, Megan will sing the role of Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni, which will be produced at University of North Texas under the direction of Jonathan Eaton and Robert Frankenberry.  "High fashion" style costumes are being designed and constructed by the UNT fashion department.  


Date: November 8th
Time: 7:30pm
Location: The Lyric Theater in the Murchison Performing Arts Center at UNT
Address: 1155 Union Circle, Denton, TX 76201

Don Giovanni

November 3, 2019 Place: The Murchison Theater, University of North Texas

On November 3rd, Megan will sing the role of Zerlina in Mozart's Don Giovanni, which will be produced at University of North Texas under the direction of Jonathan Eaton and Robert Frankenberry.  "High fashion" style costumes are being designed and constructed by the UNT fashion department.  


Date: November 3rd
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: The Lyric Theater in the Murchison Performing Arts Center at UNT
Address: 1155 Union Circle, Denton, TX 76201


Galveston Symphony Orchestra

September 1, 2019

Galveston Symphony Orchestra kicks off their 40th season with a celebration of The 1894 Opera House, featuring popular arias from the early seasons of the beloved venue.  

http://galvestonsymphony.org

Summer at Charlottesville Opera

June 17, 2019

Megan joins Charlottesville Opera this summer for their 2019 season, featuring concerts and a staged production of Camelot.  

A Recital of Handel & Mozart Arias

April 22, 2019 Place: Voertman Hall, UNT

DMA Recital #2 Program: Concert, Oratorio, & Opera Arias by Handel & Mozart Time: 5pm Location: Voertman Hall, UNT

Megan Stapleton, soprano

Daniel Bubeck, countertenor

Casey Goldman, trumpet

Henry Setton, violin

Victoria Klaunig, violin

Jorge Luis Zapata Marin, viola

Hector Torres, guitar & theorbo

Stephanie Shelten, viola da gamba

Imre Pátkai, harpsichord & piano


"If I Loved You," A Rodgers & Hammerstein Revue

April 4, 2019

"If I loved you..." A new Rodgers and Hammerstein Revue 

A new dramatic revue of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein compiled by Jonathan Eaton and Robert Frankenberry

Performed in English with piano

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Lyric Theater, Murchison Performing Arts Center

Masterclass with composer Juliana Hall

October 16, 2018

In a masterclass with composer Juliana Hall, Megan will perform "In Closer Bonds of Love to Thee," a recently published setting of Fanny Crosby's prayerful hymn text.

Time: 4pm Location: Voertman Hall at UNT

Jazz Happens Here - with the Paul English Quartet

September 29, 2018 Place: The French Corner, 1104 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054

Megan joins the Paul English Quartet for a night of jazz at The French Corner in Downtown Houston!  Come eat, drink, and be jazzy!

Great jazz - NO COVER!

Time: 8:30pm-11:30pm

Location:
The French Corner, 1104 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77054

Seeing Double - Lumedia Musicworks

June 1, 2018

Lumedia Musicworks presents "Seeing Double," a concert of baroque duets featuring Megan Stapleton and Julianna Emanski, sopranos.

Chocolate Secrets: Friday, June 1 @ 7:30pm

Fort Worth Live: Saturday, June 2 @ 7:30pm

Julianna Emanski, soprano
Megan Stapleton, soprano
Stephanie Raby, violin
Thane Isaac, violin
Christopher Phillpott, gamba
Gustavo Finessi, double bass
Evan Clarner, harpsichord
Jesus Pacheco, percussion
https://juliannaemanski.wixsit...

https://www.lumediamusicworks....

A Recital

May 14, 2018 Place: Voertman Hall

DMA Recital #1
Featuring seven of her instrumental friends, Megan will present works by Handel, Bach, Faure, Wolf, & Copland.


Megan Stapleton, soprano
Jeongmi Yoon, piano

Gabriela Alvarado, flute
Terra Warger, violin I
William Estes, violin II
Jorge Luis Zapata Marin, viola
Ya-Chen Lee, violoncello
Evan Clarner, harpsichord

Vivaldi, Lauda Jerusalem

April 20, 2018 Place: The Murchison Center

Paul Leenhouts conducts a concert of rarely performed Vivaldi works, featuring UNT Collegium and Baroque Orchestra.  Along with mezzo soprano Hannah Ceniseros, Megan will perform as a soloist in Vivaldi's Lauda Jerusalem.  

Lucy - Tom Cipullo

April 14, 2018 Place: Murchison Theater

UNT Opera presents works by Tom Cipullo, including Lucy, a mini-opera for soprano and baritone, featuring Megan Stapleton and Austin Murray.

Messiah Part 1 - Handel

December 10, 2017

Northside United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia presents Part 1 of Handel's Messiah during their their morning worship services at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 on Sunday, December 10th.  

Master Class with Tom Cipullo

October 11, 2017

UNT hosts American opera composer Tom Cipullo in a master class featuring his acclaimed works.  Megan Stapleton, soprano and Austin Murray, baritone perform Lucy, a 10 minute opera about an elderly woman, struggling with loneliness and possibly Alzheimers, who holds a conversation with an imagined friend.

4pm October 11, 2017 Lyric Theater, Murchison Center

Mozart's Exultate Jubilate; Schubert's Mass in G - Galveston Symphony Orchestra

April 23, 2017 Place: Grand 1894 Opera House

Megan returns to the Grand 1894 Opera House to perform once again with Galveston Symphony Orchestra. GSO's closing concert will feature musical beauties including Mozart's Exultate Jubilate and Schubert's Mass in G.

More information to follow

Telemann Concert - Houston Baroque

February 11, 2017 Place: 4807 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77056

Cantatas, Instrumental Chamber Works, and Solo Organ Works



Megan Stapleton and Julia Fox, soprano


Nadia Lesinska, baroque violin


Bruce Brogdon, theorbo


Jordan Witherspoon, viola da gamba


Patrick Parker, organ and harpsichord



Saturday, February 11, 6:00 P.M.


St. Philip Presbyterian, 4807 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77056

Houston Baroque Album Release

December 15, 2016

Houston Baroque releases its debut album this December. Featuring exquisite early music, including five of Handel's Nine Italian Arias this CD will be released under Raven Records. To sample previews of some of the music which will be featured on the CD, click on this link: http://www.houstonbaroque.org/news.html

Says early music pioneer Max van Egmond of the recording, "A surprising recording, with an attractive program, showing the quality of each member of the ensemble. stylish music making. Very good sound. the organ is splendid. I'm looking forward to more recordings and I'm sure this ensemble will make it."

Pre-order your CD  

Baroque Recital with Aschauer and Carrettin

November 9, 2016

Megan Stapleton, soprano - Mario Aschauer, harpsichord - Zachary Carrettin, violin and cello da spalla

SHSU Gaertner Performing Arts Center, Recital Hall

Paul English Music Presents: OLDEN JAZZ

October 29, 2016 Place: 3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Paul English Music presents Olden Jazz, featuring Megan Stapleton with The Paul English Trio. Hear your favorite standards as well as rarely performed treasures of the twenties, thirties, and forties. Order dinner or kick back with a glass of wine, and let timeless music fill your soul.


Megan Stapleton, vocals

Paul English, piano

Brennen Nase, bass

Tim Solook, drums


This concert is part of Paul English Music's Jazz Nights at Canopy series.


Location: 3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Time: 8pm-11pm

Cover charge: $10 per person

Paul English Music Presents: SINGERS SHOWCASE

October 23, 2016 Place: 3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Paul English Music presents SINGERS SHOWCASE in the Jazz Nights at Canopy series. Sample the vocal stylings of three uniquely different singers as Cecy Duarte, Elisha Jordan and Megan Stapleton tag-team at the mic. The trio will also team up for a few tight-harmony trios reminiscent of an era gone by. We invite you mark your calendars and reserve your table. Come, kick back and let us massage your ears with the music that speaks to us. We hope it will speak to you.


Elisha Jordan, vocals

Cecy Duarte, vocals

Megan Stapleton, vocals

Paul English, piano

Brennen Nase, bass

Tim Solook, drums


Says Paul English, "I am thrilled to work with Claire Smith of Canopy to create a new venue for jazz in Houston at Canopy restaurant in Montrose. Tasty food and drink, excellent service, and comfortable digs - and some of the best musicians I know. Our nights may rock, but coolness will prevail. I look forward to seeing you there!"


Location: 3939 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

Time: 7pm-10pm

Cover charge: $10 per person 

Les Plaisirs de Versailles - Ars Lyrica

September 9, 2016 Place: Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center

Ars Lyrica’s 2016/17 season opens with a trip to Versailles, where French kings and their courtiers cultivated pleasures of all kinds, including musical follies. Marc-Antoine Charpentier's witty chamber Opera pairs nicely with motets, drinking songs, and chamber works by François Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau, for a sumptuous and quinessentially French musical feast. Unusual for its era, Les Plaisirs de Versailles is a comedy - and an ode to both wine and chocolate! (Quoted from the 2016-2017 Ars Lyrica brochure.)

Location: Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center
Tickets: Available May 1st. www.arslyricahouston.org

Italian Masters - Houston Baroque

September 4, 2016 Place: 1311 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77004

Chamber vocal and instrumental music and Solo organ works by Lonati, Monteverdi, Zipoli, and others



Megan Stapleton and Julia Fox, soprano


Nadia Lesinska, baroque violin


Bruce Brogdon, theorbo


Jordan Witherspoon, viola da gamba


Patrick Parker, organ and harpsichord



Sunday, September 4, 7:00 P.M. 


First Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman St, Houston, TX 77004 


This concert is generously underwritten by Kevin and Jane Kremer.

Princess Ida - July 22-24 & July 29-31

July 22, 2016 Place: The Wortham Center

Houston's Gilbert and Sullivan Society presents Princess Ida, featuring Megan Stapleton in the title role.  As with all Gilbert and Sullivan shows, this is one for the whole family! 

Location: The Wortham Center

Dates and Time: 
July 22nd & 23rd @ 8pm
July 24th @ 2:30pm
July 29th & 30th @ 8pm
July 31st @ 2:30pm

Tickets @ www.gilbertandsullivan.org


Music by Buxtehude

May 1, 2016 Place: St. Philips Presbyterian Church of Houston

Music and St. Philip presents Houston Baroque in an evening of soprano solos and duets by Dietrich Buxtehude, a German-Danish composer of the 17th century. 

Patrick Zelezik, director and organist
Megan Stapleton, soprano
Julia Fox, soprano
Alan Austin, violin
Nadia Lesinska Witherspoon, violin
Jordan Witherspoon, cello
Bruce Brogdon, lute

Location: 4807 San Felipe Street, Houston, TX 77056

Testament - World Premier

April 17, 2016 Place: The Gaetner Performing Arts Center

The Sam Houston State University Percussion Department presents a recital debuting B.P. Herrington's new work, "Testament," written for three percussionists and soprano.  This beautiful piece features text by Houston poet, Carolyn Adams, and music by composer and SHSU professor, Brian Herrington.