On Thursday, May 26 and Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Wakefield, RI, The Contemporary Theater Company presents The Voice of Gertrude Stein, featuring the finest local New England talent. The program features a selection of art songs with lyrics by Stein by LGBTQIA+ composers such as Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem and Felix Jarrar, as well as Rorem’s opera Three sisters who aren’t sisters.

With these performances, the co-producers Rachel Hanauer and Caroline Spaeth want to give a voice to the LGBTQIA+ art scene in particular. Hanauer, a Providence College professor, hopes to bring opera to Rhode Island college singing students who may not have many opportunities to see the art of singing live. “We also hope that this evening will be a safe haven for LGBTQIA+ and non-binary audiences, especially since the past few years have been so tense in American political life,” says Spaeth.

Spaeth and Hanauer will sing in the roles of Jenny and Helen dre sisters who are not sisters. The cast is completed by tenor Michael Gonzalez, soprano Sara DeLong and mezzo-soprano Jade Espina. Mezzo-soprano Julie Rumbold will sing the role of Stein herself in a selection by Peter Dayton May she | She may in the first half of the program and will take on the role of Sylvia Three sisters on June 4th.

Tickets range from $10 to $30 and can be purchased at https://www.contemporarytheatercompany.com/springboard-schedule. Spaeth and Hanauer also have a Kofi page for those who wish to contribute to the project: https://ko-fi.com/gertrudestein

Ryan Belmore is the owner and publisher of What’sUpNewp. Although Belmore is not the founder or original owner, he has been with What’sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up in Coventry, Rhode Island and graduated from high school; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Fort Adams Trust and a member of the Board of Directors of the Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife Jen and their two dogs (Aero and June) recently relocated to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every few weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, meet with local What’sUpNewp staff, visit friends, and eat as much seafood as possible.

Belmore is a member of the Local Independent Online News Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

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