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Celebrate Pride in St. Pete!

The Pleasing Recollection/A Cabaret Opera is thrilled to be a part of the 2022 St. Pete Pride Official Calendar lineup as A Palladium Pride Event!

Tickets on sale now!

Friday, June 24 at 8:00PM   Sunday, June 26 at 2:00PM

At the Palladium Side Door

Death of Classical The Crypt Sessions

Blythe Gaissert performs my setting of Nous Deux (Paul Éluard)  for mezzo-soprano and string quintet with Sybarite 5

Only on NOVEMBER 29, 2023  at 7PM

Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032
Wine & Cheese Reception: 7:00 - 8:00PM
Concert: 8:00PM - 9:00PM

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Fire Island Pines Art Project presents

The Pleasing Recollection/A Cabaret Opera

Sunday, May 29 at 6:00PM

at Whyte Hall

Cocktails on the Albert Lepage Pavilion beginning at 5:00PM


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The Pleasing Recollection/A Cabaret Opera


Feinstein's 54/Below   APRIL 5 - 6, 2022 

Music by Martin Hennessy

Libretto by Stephen Kitskos

Directed by Murphy Davis

Music director, Benedicte Jourdois

In the mid-1970s, a young man (portrayed by As One’s Michael Kelly) lands ashore in Manhattan without a map. Negotiating his way into a life in the performing arts, The Pleasing Recollection chronicles his musical adventures as he charmingly stumbles into some of the music and theater giants of the era including Larry Kert, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ludlum, and Aaron Copland. Librettist Stephen Kitsakos’s autobiographical story rolls forward with composer Martin Hennessy’s ingenious score. At the intersection of music and opera theater they create a playful, witty, and joyful tale.

Join us at Feinstein’s/54 Below for a performance that sings in the sensibility of contemporary musical theatre, but reminisces about a period in the lives of LGBTQ+ people that was both exhilarating and dangerous.

Buy tickets April 5, 2022 at 7PM

Buy tickets April 6, 2022 at 9:45PM


Praise for The Pleasing Recollection 

"Weaving a range of musical genres together, leading from his classical background, Hennessy has come up with a unique and rather magical genre of his own.  Landing in the space between art song and smoky supper club, The Pleasing Recollection is a classic song cycle performed as cabaret."

Sarah Downs, The Front Row Center 






The Pleasing Recollection/A Cabaret Opera

Starring Michael Kelly with musical director, Benedicte Jourdois

Martin Hennessy, Music
Stephen Kitsakos, Libretto
Murphy Davis, Director

The Studios of Key WestHelmerich Theater, 533 Eaton Street


Blythe's CD Home hits #1 on Billboard

including my song Nous Deux which also made ASCAP's Friday playlist on Spotify 
Praise from Opera News
"Martin Hennessy’s setting of Paul Eluard’s “Nous deux” lulls the listener with a tonal, post-Romantic approach, then grows stormy before returning to the comforting opening sonorities that represent two people at home wherever they find themselves, as long as they’re together."

Praise from the Financial Times

"Other highlights include a loving couple in the warm embrace of a string quintet in Martin Hennessy’s “Nous Deux." 


Release Date:

May 7, 2021 by award winning record label, Bright Shiny Things  

HOME is a collection of new works by eight composers and librettists representing diverse backgrounds and musical styles writing for  acclaimed mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert.

Included in this CD is Nous Deux, my setting of Paul Eluard's incantatory love poem, for mezzo-soprano and string quintet, commissioned by Blythe  especially for this CD. 

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