The Medusa Project is a postopera for monodrama for soprano performer-composer (Misha Penton) and mixed media; it is an abstract re-imagining of the Greco-Roman Medusa myth, and a synthesis of live semi-improvised and improvised voice work utilizing classical, experimental, and extended voice techniques, fused with original poetics and integrated into an original digital audio voice and film-scape.
Threshold, a site specific new music work and a mythopoetic underworld journey created for the iconic old grain factory: The Silos on Sawyer / SITE Gallery. Misha Penton, soprano, concept, text, artistic director. George Heathco, guitars. Luke Hubley, percussion. Music by Penton, Heathco, and Hubley; with voice of Sherry Cheng, Neil Ellis Orts, and Michael Walsh.
Music created by Misha Penton, soprano & concept, and Thomas Helton, double bass. Misha created music through spontaneous and improvised compositional techniques, yielding quiet, spacious, beautiful and intense sounds, in keeping with the sacred environment of the Chapel.
An introspective engagement with Homer’s Odyssey— one singer’s journey to Houston: a Siren alone in the vast and glassy bayou city, far from her wine dark sea. Misha Penton, soprano, concept text, artistic direction. Thomas Helton, double bass. Music devised by Misha Penton and Thomas Helton Toni Valle and Lindsey McGill, dancers and choreographers. Menil Collection.
A new experimental opera video. Misha Penton, soprano, concept, text, and Virginia Woolf text adaptation. Thomas Helton, double bass. Hsin-Jung Tsai, piano. Music created by Penton / Helton / HJ Tsai. The music for this work was created from three distinct solo performances, with the final edit created by Misha Penton.
Misha Penton: soprano, creative director/director, and producer. The Captured Goddess, October 2015, music of Dominick DiOrio.. ravens & radishes, April 2014, music of George Heathco. lyrics, Misha Penton. Selkie, 2013, music of Elliot Cole, libretto, Misha Penton.
Enchant(ed): an experimental poetry / vocal film, created on a stunning Colorado backroad in the deep winter. The work is a meditation on discovering the unexpected and uncanny, and explores one word, “enchant(ed)".
Dialogue entre, an experimental trio. Misha Penton, soprano with the poetry of Baudelaire & Mallarmé (trans. M. Penton). Brent Fariss, double bass. Music devised by Misha Penton and Brent Fariss. Meg Brooker, dancer and choreographer. Premiered at Dancedstry...VIVID Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin, Texas.
ravens & radishes. A fairytale operatic song cycle. Misha Penton, soprano, concept, text. George Heathco, music. Meg Brooker, dancer and choreographer. Daniel Saenz, cello. Music video and digital EP release concert.