No good deed goes unpunished

Join us at Create Opera's inaugural performance as we begin a journey to create a new orchestration of one of Richard Strauss's greatest operas. Our performers will work with Artistic Advisor William Hicks and Stage director to deepen their understanding of the score and inform their interpretations and performances. This concert performance will be performed with piano as we begin our campaign to raise funds for the debut of Jestin Pieper's orchestral reduction of Strauss's incredible score.

And, we're fortunate enough to have the right people available at the right time to make this project a reality. Choosing projects that suit people who want to work with most is a huge part of our mission: we believe it leads to exciting, authentic performances.

Why Elektra?






Elisabeth Shoup

Lauren Onsrüd

Eowyn Driscoll

Chuck Schneider

We're not crazy, we just love this opera.

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JUNE 18, 2016


Dixon Place: 161A Christie Street. New York, NY 10002


June 18, 2016

Music Director

Chief Artistic Advisor

Stage Director

Visual Artist

Production Manager

Production Coordinator

Jestin Pieper

William Hicks

Marc Verzatt

Jude Vigants

Eowyn Driscoll

Alyssa Van Gorder

Creative Team

Erste Mägdchen

Zweite Mägdchen

Dritte Mägdchen

Vierte Mägdchen

Funfte Mägdchen


Alter Diener

Junger Diener

Der Pfleger des Orestes

Edith Dowd

Christine Moore

Danielle Davis

Jamie Ratcliffe

Stella Papatheodoru

Oliver Söhngen

Joshua South

Louis Ruiz

Joshua South


Hailed as "a deep and powerful soprano of great solidity up to the top of the staff," who "sang Gioconda with great force and bite and a strong, even sound," Elisabeth Shoup is quickly making a name for herself as an interpreter of the dramatic soprano reperatoire. In addition to La Gioconda, recent performances include the role of Deianera in the American Premier of Panagiotis Karousos' "The Olympic Flame" at Lincoln Center.

Formerly a mezzo, she received acclaim for her 'finely sung' and 'sexily androgenous' performance of Carmen with the Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble. Her current roles range from Elektra, Ariadne and Sieglinde to Turandot, Abigaile and Gioconda. Upcoming performances include a recital with pianist Jestin Pieper.


Elisabeth Shoup

Soprano Lauren Onsrüd made her debut this season as Giorgetta in Puccini’s Il Tabarro with Garden State Opera. She will also be seen as a featured soloist with New Jersey’s Coro Lyrico and in a solo recital series in Portland, Maine. She has performed with the Opera Company of Brooklyn, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble as well as extensively throughout New England and the Midwest, in roles that include the title role in Luisa Miller, Gretel, Micaela, Rosalinde, and Magda in La Rondine with the Kansas City Metro Opera, UMKC Opera and the University of Southern Maine. She was previously a young artist with the Halifax Summer Artist’s Workshop and PortOPERA’s Emerging Artist Program.



Lauren Onsrüd

“Thrilling” contralto Eowyn Driscoll is a versatile singer with a voice of unusual size, color, and range. 2015-2016 is an exciting season for Eowyn, featuring several role and company debuts. She will attend the International Opera Studio Mastercourse with Raina Kabivanska in Gijon, Spain, during August 2016, on a merit scholarship. She recently made several role debuts, including Maddalena (Rigoletto), La Frugola (Il tabarro), La Badessa (Suor Angelica), The Mother (Hansel and Gretel) and Filieppineva (Eugene Onegin).  Eowyn was a 2014 finalist in the Ensemble 212 Young Artist competition, singing Beethoven’s Concert Aria “Ah Perfido”. Other roles include Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos), Ottavia (The Coronation of Poppaea), and Woglinde (Das Rheingold). Eowyn regularly performs on concerts with the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, an organization dedicated to celebrating and uplifting the diverse talents of Uptown Manhattan.


Eowyn Driscoll

Baritone Charles Schneider has performed more than 30 roles throughout the country since his professional debut in the summer of 1999 as the Baron in Verdi's La Traviata with The Wildwood Park for the Performing Arts in Little Rock Arkansas.  Last season, Charles made his debut with Boheme Opera NJ as Schaunard in Puccini's masterpiece, La Boheme.  Charles has also been seen in such roles as: Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Ford (Falstaff), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore), Michele (Il Tabarro) and Scarpia (Tosca). Charles also enjoys a thriving teaching schedule and is on the voice faculties of Westminster School of the Arts of Rider University and The Lawrenceville School in NJ.  Upcoming events include Falke in Die Fledermaus with Boheme OperaNJ.




Charles Schneider

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