New Opera : Job's Truth : Mixes complete

The demo mixes of the Los Angeles recording of Job's Truth are complete. We're thrilled with the successful completion of this step in the project, and would value any feedback!

Job's Truth is a new opera by composer Darius Holbert, featuring libretto by his father, Dr. John Holbert, based on Dr. Holbert's own translation and reading of the Old Testament's Book of Job. It was commissioned through the generosity of Perkins' School of Theology's quadrennial Art and Soul Grant.

This version was recorded at a Los Angeles studio in the early part of 2009 with the help and magnanimity of eight incredibly talented, professional, LA-based vocalists. This recording is intended strictly for promotional purposes, and hence the instrumental parts remain software synth based. The work is written for string quartet, marimba, vibes, piano, and drum set. It features eight vocal parts, and eight instrumentalists but the option exists for doubling the sextet in the role of God, and doubling the string quartet, for larger productions.

For queries regarding performing this work or to request hard copies of the scores, please contact Darius.
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Job's Truth Writers

Composer - Darius Holbert
Darius Holbert is primarily a film and tv composer based in LA and NYC. He studied composition and arranging at London's Royal Academy of Music and the University of North Texas. Darius has scored award-winning international features and countless shorts as well as being a respected session and touring musician. This is his first full opera.

Librettist - Dr. John Holbert
Dr. John Holbert, PhD is the Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, where he joined the faculty in 1979. He was the editor for the Psalms and Canticles material of the United Methodist Hymnal. John has extensive vocal solo experience, having sung in musicals, opera, and oratorio.

Job's Truth Cast

Job - Randy Guiaya
Randy Guiaya is a graduate of USC's Thornton School of Music and a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He is a Member of SAG, AFTRA and Actor's Equity Association.

Messenger/ God Chorus Tenor - A.J. Teshin
A.J. Teshin studied voice at the Hartt School of music and earned a BFA in musical theatre from The Boston Conservatory of Music. He works as an LA session singer and actor, with such credits as the catchy "$5 Footlong jingle" for Subway, the Liquid Mind Series of ambient relaxation music, and the Kurt Weill Project.
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Job's Wife/ God Chorus Soprano - Dr. Leslie Dennis Rigney
Dr. Leslie Dennis Rigney is a NY Metropolitan Opera Regional Finalist. She holds a BA in French Literature/UCLA, a MM from CSUN, and a Doctorate in Musical Arts/UCLA. Leslie has performed with LA Opera in 20+ productions singing chorus & comprimario roles, and sings lead with regional companies while residing in LA.

Adversary/ Eliphaz - Phil Meyer
Phil Meyer is a bass and likes singing the bad guys. Job's Truth gives him another chance ...

Bildad/ God Chorus Mezzo - Renee Rulon Cortez
Renee Rulon Cortez recently made her zarzuela mainstage debut as Duquesa Carolina in Luisa Fernanda with the Pacific Lyric Association, conducted by the son of the composer, and has recently appeared as a soloist with the Orange County Symphony. She has sung with Opera New Jersey and the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Spoleto, Italy. She has performed and recorded with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and has participated in readings of new musicals, including Valor de Frida, a biography of Frida Kahlo.

Zophar/ God Chorus Baritone - Janson Woodlee
Janson Woodlee is a graduate from Yale University. He has been an apprentice with Opera New Jersey and Sarasota Opera. Having recently relocated to Los Angeles, he has been pursuing studio and concert work, and was recently featured as a soloist with the UCLA Men's Chorus.
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God Chorus Alto - LizBeth Lucca
LizBeth Lucca has directed 11 operatic productions throughout Southern California and has sung over 22 roles. She has performed with such companies as Opera Pacific, West Coast Opera, San Francisco Lyric Opera and Bel Canto Opera. She is a Staff Stage Director at the Shaker Mountain Opera Festival.

God Chorus Bass - Matthew Acuff
Matthew Acuff is a bass-baritone with L'Acad�mie Baroque Europ�enne d'Ambronay, Schola Cantorum Amsterdam, LA Repertory Opera, Celestial Opera, Palisades Symphony, the International Young Composer's Meeting.
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Special Thanks
Valerie Stern - session accompanist
Caroline Wilson - session assistant
Jeff Morris - score editor - web page
J. Zach Grace - MRM Studios owner - web page

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