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Judith Barnes
  • Female
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • United States
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Vertical Player Repertory
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A pioneer of the alternative opera movement in New York City, Judith Barnes formed Vertical Player Repertory in a Brooklyn storefront in 1998. The company creates ensemble-driven opera theatre in extraordinary venues, among them a factory courtyard on the Gowanus Canal, a maze-like raw space in midtown, the deck of an oil tanker, and the last active shipping port in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

VPR works to create productions that build a community of imaginative thinkers on both sides of the stage. We bring theatrical integrity and an unconventional spirit to an eclectic mix of repertoire, inviting performer and audience alike to re-imagine the possibilities of opera.

For pictures of past productions, check out out pinterest page here: https://www.pinterest.com/vpropera/

In addition to her work as the producing artistic director of VPR, Judith is a performing mezzo soprano, and has worked as an opera stage director and set designer. She teaches classical vocal technique and opera workshops, and is a language coach for singers. She is also a visual artist, working mostly in the media of drawing and ceramics.
Art Lover, Dance Lover, Actor, Musician, Director, Producer, Arts Administrator, Sculptor
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Judith Barnes's Writing

PROCESS // Monologues from PERSEPHONE, an exploration of a myth

Posted on February 9, 2019 at 1:30am 0 Comments

Sunset through tangled trees, photo Judith Barnes


I've just about had it. We both know what I want, what I deserve, and that sister of ours is not gonna get in my way, not if you’re with me on this. I've had it with the darkness, the wailing,…



Posted on August 7, 2018 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

(Image: The Rape of Persephone, Greek fresco from Macedonian tomb circa 400 B.C., Museum of the Royal Tombs of Aigai)


Draft Outline for an Opera Libretto in Three Acts…


Perceptions // Judith at the Seventh Door of Bluebeard's Castle

Posted on August 23, 2017 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Judith and her Maidservant, circa 1623, detail, by Artemisia Gentileschi

A sense of stillness, of paralysis even, of wonder. Time slowly disintegrates, as if in a dream. The breath comes out of my…


PROCESS // Some Questions About the Seven Doors of Bluebeard's Castle

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Musings on the opera A Kékszakállu Herceg Vára (Duke Bluebeard's Castle)

by Béla Bartók, drama by Béla Balász




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