Bowers-Fader Duo Recital
JUNE 7, 2014, 10am-Noon free
Pleasantville, NY 10570
In the Press
Jessica Bowers as Bill Clinton's Mother in the opera "Billy Blythe". Featured article in the New Yorker July 2011.
A video performing early Carter, written for a 1937 production of "The Merchant of Venice" with Oren Fader.
An Opera about the young Bill Clinton.
Performed at the Medicine Show Theater, New York City, June 19, 2011 with the Metropolis Opera Project, as Bill Clinton's mother.
Reviewed in the New Yorker:
Bowers, a striking woman with creamy skin and velvety black hair, asked for notes on the number, "Virginia's Aria / The Makeup Song." "It's interesting, because the music is really, really sexy," she said. "But, then, it's a conversation with my son. The song could be a slinking-across-the-piano, cabaret kind of thing. I'm just trying to figure out how not to be sexy around my son."
Reviewed in Rock Candy, the Arkansas Entertainment Blog:
Despite the material's somber tone the performance was anything but a dirge. Jessica Bowers, the mezzo soprano who sang the role of Clinton's beloved mother Virginia, moved cleverly from the role of coquette with her husband Roger to confidante with her young son Billy, as the two traded memories of William Blythe, Billy's late father and the husband against whom Virginia will clearly measure all others.