Press Release: Tabula Rasa

Award-Winning Writing Duo Gives Voice to Kiki di Montparnasse, Iconic 1920s Model and Muse

New York, NY. April 12, 2018. Cantanti Project presents the world premiere of Tabula Rasa, a new jazz opera by award-winning writing duo Felix Jarrar and Bea Goodwin that tells the 1920s feminist story of model/muse Kiki de Montparnasse, on May 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th, at 8pm as part of the 2018 Opera Fest organized by the New York Opera Alliance in partnership with Opera America.

Tabula Rasa explores the sensual and ardent nature of Kiki's relationships and artistry as she takes her identity and fate into her own hands and gives voice to one of the most iconic women women of the early 20th century.

This work includes adult themes of relationships, sexuality, and female nudity.


Sara Lin Yoder as Kiki, Frank D. Fainer as Man; with Liz Bouk, Eugenia Forteza, Allison Gish, Marques Hollie, Petra Jarrar, Kelsey Mogensen, Geoff Pictor, Rebecca Richardson, and Walter F. Rodriguez.


Score by Felix Jarrar; Libretto by Bea Goodwin; Musical Direction: Felix Jarrar; Stage Direction: Bea Goodwin


Four performances: May 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th, 2018, at 8pm

Blue Building: 222 E 46th Street, New York, NY 10017


Admission: $35 online; $40 at the door

Tabula Rasa is an immersive show capturing the spirit of Parisian 1920s night-life. Audiences will be walked by the characters between four intimate environments. Seating will be available for any patron who requests it - just let us know how many seats in the Special Instructions section during check out.

For tickets and more details, please visit


Currently in its fourth season, Cantanti Project is a non-profit arts organization based in NYC committed to supporting the development of emerging artists and fostering collaboration. Founded on the principle that singers are active innovators and creators, Cantanti Project honors the traditions of classical music while redefining what it means to be a classical artist today. Learn more and get involved at


Tabula Rasa is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, funds from the Sparkplug Foundation, and materials from Materials for the Arts.


Contact:     Joyce Yin, Artistic Director


Phone:     (929) 277-0556


Social:     @cantantiproject



For Immediate Release

Photo credit: Orlando Mendiola

Photo credit: Orlando Mendiola

Photo credit: Orlando Mendiola

Photo credit: Orlando Mendiola