The Crypt Sessions presents Elizabeth Cree in the Crypt, May 31 2017, with composer Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell, mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack and tenor Joseph Gaines

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Unison Media’s acclaimed concert series continues its second season on May 31, with a special preview of Opera Philadelphia’s hotly-anticipated new opera Elizabeth Cree, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Puts and Campbell

Each new Crypt Sessions performance – announced directly following the preceding concert – features a tasting of food and wine specially paired to the music

The Crypt Sessions Season 2 continues on May 31, 2017 with special preview of the new Gothic murder mystery chamber opera Elizabeth Cree by the Pulitzer Prize-winning team of composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, which will receive its world premiere September 14-23, 2017, as part of Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural fall festival, O17. The opera is based on the novel The Trial of Elizabeth Cree by Peter Ackroyd, and is co-commissioned and co-produced by Opera Philadelphia and Hackney Empire and co-produced with Chicago Opera Theater.

With Puts accompanying at the piano, the evening will feature mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, who will create the title role of Elizabeth Cree, and tenor Joseph Gaines, who will play Music Hall star Dan Leno. In addition to a special sneak preview of the music from the opera, Mack and Gaines will also perform songs by Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc and Henry Purcell.

The performance will feature a pre-concert reception included in the ticket price, where Magnvm Opvs hosts a tasting of wines specially chosen to suit the music of that evening’s concert, and Ward 8 Events provides hors d’oeuvres similarly tailored to the wine and the performance.

Due to rapid sell-outs and waiting lists, each new concert will be announced immediately after the one preceding it, first to the mailing list, then via The Crypt Sessions website ( and Facebook page.

The Crypt Sessions is made possible by the extraordinarily generous sponsorship of Yamaha, who provide their wonderful pianos for the performances.

Listing Info

The Crypt Sessions Presents: Elizabeth Cree in the Crypt

May 31, 2017 | Wine & Food Tasting 7PM | Show 8PM
Tickets: $75, including Wine & Food Tasting (Direct Link)
The Crypt Chapel of The Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street, New York, NY 10032


Joseph Gaines
Selections from Poulenc: Tel jour, telle nuit, FP 86
Britten: Death Be Not Proud (from The Holy Sonnets of John Donne)

Daniela Mack
Britten: A Charm of Lullabies

Elizabeth Cree preview


About The Crypt Sessions

The Crypt Sessions ( is a concert series presented and produced by Unison Media ( and curated by Andrew Ousley, located in the crypt chapel underneath the Church of the Intercession in Harlem. The series features intimate performances by some of the world’s top classical music and opera stars, with programs tailored to the crypt’s extraordinary atmosphere and remarkable acoustic.

Season One of the Crypt Sessions was featured in NPRNew York 1The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal (twice), The Philadelphia InquirerThe New YorkerThe New York ObserverWQXR (twice), The Christian Science MonitorParterre BoxSuperConductorBerkshire Fine ArtsVoce di MecheAgence France-Presse and many more.

Season Two incorporates a pre-concert tasting of wines tailored specifically to the music by Magnvm Opvs and themed food prepared by up-and-coming New York City chefs. Each concert is announced immediately after the preceding one. Every Season One concert sold out, with waiting lists of more than 100 people.

All proceeds from ticket sales of The Crypt Sessions are donated to the Church of the Intercession, where the crypt is located. Unison Media gave over $10,000 to the church over the course of Season 1.

The Crypt Sessions is made possible by the extraordinarily generous sponsorship of Yamaha, who provide their wonderful pianos for the performances.


About Unison Media

Unison Media is a publicity, marketing, digital media and production company committed to exploring new ways to present and promote classical music and the people who make it. We take an open-minded, entrepreneurial approach, recognizing that our world has changed, and that branding, publicity, social media or marketing done in a vaccuum no longer have the same impact they once did. Our mission is to combine these disparate elements into a cohesive, coordinated whole, taking the wonderful music our clients make and getting it out into the world in the most impactful way possible.


An Opera Walks Into a Bar: ELIZABETH CREE


Daniela Mack
Daniela Mack
Kevin Puts
Kevin Puts
Daniela Mack as Elizabeth Cree, credit Dominic M. Mercier for Opera Philadelphia.
Daniela Mack as Elizabeth Cree, credit Dominic M. Mercier for Opera Philadelphia.
Opera Philadelphia
Opera Philadelphia


The Crypt Sessions Website
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Daniela Mack Website
Kevin Puts Website
Joseph Gaines Website
Mark Campbell Website
Opera Philadelphia Website


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