Daniel Schnyder. composer. saxophonist.


Charlie Parker’s Yardbird premieres in June


Opera Philadelphia has commissioned a new opera by Daniel Schnyder based on the life of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955). My new work will premiere on June 5, 2015.

American tenor Lawrence Brownlee will star as Parker in a work written for him by Schnyder, with a libretto by poet and playwright Bridgette A. Wimberly. Soprano Angela Brown will costar as Charlie’s mother, Addie Parker. The opera has been developed in partnership with Gotham Chamber Opera.

“Daniel Schnyder and Bridgette Wimberly are crafting a work that captures Charlie Parker’s complex musical genius and troubled life in an engaging and honest way. We are honored to bring together a diverse group of artists, some of whom are new to opera, to create a work that will expand the boundaries of operatic music through the influence and infusion of Parker’s music.”

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The NEW YORK premiere of my opera ‘Charlie Parkers Yardbird’ will take place on April 1st and 3rd 2016 at the legendary APOLLO Theatre in Manhattan/Harlem: 125th Street, where Parker played his last concert. Ticket are now available: https://www.apollotheater.org/event/yardbird/

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Next Concerts

Oct 02, 2016, 11am Matinée
Zuerich (Switzerland), Tonhalle

Great Places String: String Quartet Nr 4
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Feb 10, 2017, 8pm
Madison (USA), Madison Opera

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird
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Feb 12, 2017, 2pm
Madison (USA), Madison Opera

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird: Opera by Daniel Schnyder
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Mar 24, 2017, 7.30pm
Chicago (USA), Harris Theatre

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird/ Opera by Daniel Schnyder
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Mar 26, 2017, 2pm
Chicago (USA), Harris Theatre

Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD by Daniel Schnyder
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Jun 09, 2017, 8pm
LONDON (England), English National Opera

Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD: Opera by Daniel Schnyder
This opera runs until 17th of JUNE
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Recent Concerts

Sep 25, 2016
Muenster (Germany), Joel Music Hall
Sep 22, 2016
Ahlen (Germany), Zeche Westphalen
Sep 18, 2016
Greven (Germany), Ballenlager
Jul 30, 2016
ST Moritz Jazzfestival (Switzerland), Dracula Club St Moritz
Jul 02, 2016
Boswil (Switzerland), Boswill Countryside


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