Royal Road Productions, Inc. conceives, develops, and presents innovative works for the stage and in various media, including audio CD, television, and film.
In 2015, RRP produced a centennial tribute concert at The Town Hall honoring Eric Bentley's 100th year, featuring the world premiere of unpublished Songs for Mother Courage by Darius Milhaud and Eric Bentley. The event was hosted by Michael Riedel and included speeches by Tony Kushner and Austin Pendleton, among others luminaries of the theatre, and the film of this historic event is soon to be released.
Another recent project, Will There Still Be Singing? A Hanns Eisler Cabaret, about the life and times of the Austro-German composer, featuring Eisler's songs with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht in English versions by Eric Bentley, was met with tremendous success in the U.S. at Café Sabarsky, Metropolitan Room, and Princeton University, as well as at a special performance in Berlin at the Brecht-Haus (where the graves of Brecht and Eisler are located).
Royal Road Productions has also presented its innovative programs at Carnegie Hall (Weill), the Goethe Institutes of Boston and Los Angeles, and Symphony Space.
2019 projects include a new show, called On Hollywood and Weimar The Songs of European Composers from the Golden Age of Film starring soprano Karyn Levitt and pianist Jed Distler at the York Theatre, as well the forthcoming release of the film, Happy Birthday Eric Bentley! A Centennial Tribute Concert, for broadcast on arts channels.
Founder and President of Royal Road Productions, Karyn Levitt has produced numerous theatrical concerts at prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall (Weill), Shakespeare & Company, Symphony Space, Amherst College, Hunter College, Vassar College, Bates College, USC, and the Goethe Institutes of Boston and Los Angeles. Royal Road Productions, Inc., has received a major arts grant from Nokia and a research grant from USC for the project Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book. Ms. Levitt is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she earned her degree with Honors in English Literature. Her professional background also includes singing, acting, composing, writing, editing, and performance coaching.
British-trained and Boston-based, Aryeh Finklestein is a musician, librettist, literary scholar and translator. As librettist, he has written several full-length oratorios in collaboration with composer Charles D. Osborne which have been performed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and other notable venues. Their SOULS ON FIRE was narrated by Leonard Nimoy, and KINGS & FISHERMEN by Theodore Bikel. Finklestein is currently working on a play about the Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, and is completing his first opera libretto (another Osborne collaboration). He is also co-writing with Karyn Levitt a musical about Abraham Goldfaden and the pioneering days of the Yiddish Theater in New York.
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Caleb Jaster is a Brooklyn-based pianist and arts administrator. Since High School, he has been working closely with musicians in a variety of different capacities: whether he’s in his home state of New Hampshire, where he is both Head Counselor and Head of the Piano Department at New Hampshire Independent School of Music’s Lake Winni Music Camp, in Staunton, Virginia as a stage manager at the Staunton Music Festival, or in New York City, where he is very excited to be working with Royal Road Productions. He is also working for Little Orchestra Society and for Classical Communications, as well as New York’s Heartbeat Opera Company and their sister company Cantata Profana. Caleb Jaster is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where he studied piano and harpsichord with Carsten Schmidt and Noelle Beaudin and chamber music with Sung Rai Sohn.
July 13, 1958 – July 25, 2018
Four-time Emmy winner Glen Roven has written 31 Song Cycles, performed around the world, from New York to Tel Aviv. His Violin Concerto based on the Runaway Bunny, recorded by the Royal Philharmonic with Brooke Shields narrating, has also been performed at Carnegie with Glenn Close narrating, and recently recorded with Catherine Zeta-Jones. As founder of GPRrecords and RovenRecords he has written and produced for a wide variety of artists including Charles Castronovo, Alan Cumming, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joyce DiDonato, Michael Douglas, Lauren Flanigan, Leon Fleisher, Ricky Ian Gordon, Nathan Gunn, Dick Hyman, Jake Heggie, Florence Henderson, Barry Humphries, Isabel Leonard, Wynton Marsalis, Patti LuPone, Kate Mulgrew, Cynthia Nixon, Daniel Okulitch, Chris Parker, Patricia Racette, Chris Sarandon, Paul Shaffer, Frank Sinatra, Paulo Szot, and more.