01/17/2018 College Light Opera Company Announces Sean Pflueger and Laura Wehrmeyer Fuentes as the Winners of their New Works Initiative
The Pier Point Lobster Race by composer Sean Pflueger and librettist Laura Wehrmeyer Fuentes will premiere on June 26th, 2018 in Cape Cod Massachusetts. The College Light Opera Company (CLOC) will perform the show at the Highfield Theater as the opening to their 50th season. Mr. Pflueger and Mrs. Fuentes will be part of a preview lecture for the operetta on June 24th, 2018.
Sean Pflueger, bass-baritone, has sung with many companies in the Washington area. DC Theater Scene said of a recent performance, "Pflueger… plays Rosenblum with hapless innocence and body language as expressive as his voice.”
Selected Roles: Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, The Count in John Phillip Sousa’s Desiree, Bob in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, Masetto/Il Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Marquis in Verdi's La traviata, Nerino in Handel's Guilio Cesare, Pooh-Bah and Pish-Tush in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Lord Mountararat in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, Foreman in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, Mars in Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld, Alcindoro/Benoit in Puccini’s La Boheme, Chevalier in Victor Herbert’s Madeleine, Rambaldo in Puccini’s La rondine, Betto and Master Spinelloccio/Amatio di Nicolao in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, St. Peter in Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos, David Drayton inPflueger'sChildren in the Mist,and Ethan Rosenbloom inPflueger's Do Not Disturb.
Concert/Oratorio: Bass solos in Handel's Messiah, Bach’s Canata 59, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Mass in the Time of War and Faure's Requiem among others. Mr. Pflueger was 2011 Baritone winner of the City Choir of Washington’s Young Artist Competition. He has also sung in "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" Program with The One and Only Santa Claus.
Mr. Pflueger regularly performs with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center and Washington Concert Opera as a member of the chorus. He will be appearing in Aida, Don Carlo, La Straniera and Maria di Rohan this 2017-2018 season.
Sean Pflueger is a Washington DC-area singer and composer with a focus on works for the voice. His music has been performed by Riverbend Opera Company, Forgotten Opera Company, James Madison University, and churches in the DC-metro area. Prior works for the stage include Children in the Mist, a horror opera for 14 soloists and chorus based on the Stephen King short story "The Mist," which premiered at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival;Brides and Mothers, a chamber opera for 4 women, and Do Not Disturb, an original farce for 10 soloists, piano, and woodwind quartet, premiered at the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival. Hailed for its "fine, contemporary musical score" (MD Theatre Guide) and "complicated and beautiful melodies," (DC Metro Theatre Arts), Children in the Mist was awarded Best of the Capital Fringe from DC Theatre Scene, and a Top Pick by Huffington Post and Brightest Young Things. The Pier Point Lobster Race has been commissioned by the College Light Opera Company in Cape Cod, MA. It will premiere in June 2018.
Other major works for the voice include a 5- song cycle for female voice What's for Dinner: A Guide to Managing Expectations, a 12-song cycle of William Blake poems entitled The Songs of Innocence, an oratorio, and choral settings of the poetry of William Cullen Bryant, including “Thy Creation,” “All things on earth shall wholly pass away,” and “The Prairies”. He received commissions by for two choral pieces "For I know the plan" and "Sacrum Convivium" by Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna, VA. He composed the theme for "Mason Out Loud" a podcast from George Mason University's English Department. Mr. Pflueger's arrangements for voice, piano, and winds have been used in concert and church performances throughout the Washington D.C. Metro area. Mr. Pflueger studied composition with John Hilliard at James Madison University and is the recipient of the Strauss Fellowship from the Arts Council of Fairfax County for music composition.