The Perspective Collective
The Perspective Collective is a group of classically inclined musicians dedicated to bringing performances of both new and seasoned works that tie into the events and sensitivities of our world today.
Members Erin Brittain, Rachael Basescu, Grant Mech & Patrick Fink have presented recital, cabaret operatic & theatrical works throughout New York City, & along the East Coast including Princeton, Philadelphia & Asheville North Carolina. Their recital concert, Stranger In A Strange Land, performed at the 2017 Philly Fringe Fest, drew praise from the Broadstreet
Review, for their “clear and tender renderings” of art song written by & from the perspective of immigrants and refugees.
In 2018 the TPC premiered a Mike Leibowitz’s mini-opera, For Love of Country, a dark fable inspired by the real-life story of Maria Buttina, the Russian spy who infiltrated the NRA to influence American politics, to sold out audiences at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival in North Carolina.
Currently the collective is developing Pripyat, a One Act opera by composer Sunny Knable about the fallout (literally and figuratively) of the 1986 Chernobyl Disaster to be premiered at the 2020 Asheville Fringe Festival with follow up performances in April 2020 at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival.
Meet The Members
Soprano Erin Brittain has performed over 30 different roles in opera, operetta, and musical theater and sung for audiences both regionally and overseas. Critics have described her as “evanescent” possessing “a fine clear tone and an expressive manner.”
Some favorite roles include Berta in il barbiere di Siviglia. with Christman Opera, Clorinda in La Cenerentola with ARE Opera, Beatrice in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers with Opera Fayetteville. Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and The Thief and as the Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto both with Hubbard Hall Opera, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro with the Stonyhill Players, Auretta in Mozart's early opera L'Oca del Cairo with Garden State Opera.
As a concert soloist, Erin has sung performances of the Mozart Coronation Mass and the Faure Requiem as part of a choral festivals at the Princeton University Chapel, and on tours overseas in Poland, Germany and the UK with the Kips Bay Chorale.
Patrick Fink pushes eighty-eight black and white buttons in a wide variety of professional settings. He holds a degree in jazz piano from Temple University and is classically trained as well.
Notable highlights of collaborative piano experience include the Vivaldi Gloria , the Fauré Requiem , Mozart’s
Coronation Mass , Paulus’ A Dream of Time , and accompanying choral festivals in NYC and Princeton.
With the Perspective Collective, Patrick premiered Mike Leibowitz and Jeremy Bassecu’s one act
opera For Love of Country at the 2019 Asheville Fringe Festival.
He’s also toured with choirs in the
US and Europe. Exploring the timbre of a rhodes electric piano, Patrick recorded Debussy’s Ariettes
Oubliées with soprano Diana Corliss (2015). Patrick regularly brings a mixture of artistically fulfilling
repertoire and whatever-the-next-gig-is selections to his current teacher, Tom Lawton.
Rachael is the Music Director at Appel Farm Arts & Music Campus. She also maintains a private studio for woodwinds, piano and voice in suburban Philadelphia.
Rachael received her bachelor's degree in Music Education from Messiah College and her Master’s degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University. She has experience working as a performer, teacher, school administrator, non-profit programmer and music director.
As a classical vocalist, she has performed with the Susquehanna Chorale, Singing City of Philadelphia, and Collegiate Chorale. She served as a soloist for multiple churches across the mid-Atlantic region including, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lemoyne, PA where she is a recorded soloist now apart of the Smithsonian Institute’s John Philip Sousa Archives.