PROJECTS OPERA CABAL / ORACLE HYSTERICAL
2017 Highlights MOHR VISITING ARTIST AR STANFORD UNIVERSTIY / 'PASSIONATE PILGRIM' ALBUM RELEASE / KQED 'WOMEN TO WATCH' / CONTRIVING THE CHIMES
EMAIL M@OPERACABAL.COM / FB MAJEL.CONNERY
Majel Connery is a vocalist, composer and recovering musicologist. Most recently, her vocal compositions appeared as a recurring character in the Radiolab series, "Gonads." She appears most frequently as one half of vocals/violin duo Hae Voces (with violinist Kristina Dutton), and front-woman with composer-performer collective Oracle Hysterical. Her first solo EP, "This Kind of Love," co-created with drummer Dylan Greene and sound engineer Chris Botta, debuts in 2019.
In the classical world, Connery's distinctive voice served as muse to a range of composers from Caroline Shaw to Ken Ueno. In 2016-17 at Stanford University, she partnered with the St. Lawrence String Quartet in the debut of Caroline Shaw’s first opera, “Contriving the Chimes,” with opera director Christopher Alden at Bing Concert Hall Studio.
Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Opera Cabal (est. 2006), Connery is reshaping how opera is imagined, produced and performed in the U. S. Under her leadership the company’s productions exhibit a “daredevilry rarely found in anything calling itself ‘opera’ these days” (Time Out Chicago). Her world stage premiere of George Friedrich Haas’s ATTHIS (with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, at The Kitchen), was called “one of the most searingly painful and revealing operatic performances in recent times” (New York Times).
A scholar and educator, Connery has held positions at institutions including Berkeley (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Doreen B. Townsend Center Fellow, and Arts Research Center Fellow), Wellesley College (Mellon Visiting Artist at the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities), and Stanford University (Mohr Visiting Artist). Spring 2019 she will co-teach a "Voice" seminar with poet Jeff Dolven at Princeton University. Connery holds degrees in music composition (A.B., Princeton), ethnomusicology and musicology (M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago).
-SF CLASSICAL VOICE
“uninflected and vibrato-free, alternately borrowing from
the interpretive sophistication of jazz or musical theater
and the deliberate naivete of folk-rock.”
-Wall Street Journal
"CONNERY...HAS THE TEMPERAMENT OF A LION TAMER."
- SF CLASSICAL VOICE
“indie vocals floating atop poised, balanced, and beautifully textured Baroque accompaniments”
"A visionary!” -Sequenza 21