AOP Upcoming Events

OCTOber
october 21, 2017 - Fort greene walking tours
NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017 - "AS ONE" - SAN DIEGO OPERA
NOVEMBER 16-19, 2017 - "AS ONE" - CHICAGO FRINGE OPERA
NOVEMBER 17-19, 2017 - "AS ONE" - DES MOINES METRO OPERA

NOVEMBER 18-19, 2017 - AOP FIRST CHANCE: A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
NOVEMBER 29-30, 2017 - AOP FIRST CHANCE: WOLF-IN-SKINS
JANUARY 2018
JANUARY 10-20, 2018 - THE ECHO DRIFT - PROTOTYPE FESTIVAL, WORLD PREMIERE
JANUARY 11-16, 2018 - "AS ONE" - HAWAII OPERA THEATRE
JANUARY 27-28, 2018 - "AS ONE" - LYRIC OPERA KANSAS CITY
FEBRUARY 2018
FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018 - "AS ONE" - ANCHORAGE OPERA
FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018 - SIX.TWENTY.OUTRAGEOUS. - SYMPHONY SPACE, WORLD PREMIERE
FEBRUARY 17-25, 2018 - ASHES & SNOW - PITTSBURGH OPERA, WORLD PREMIERE
MAY 19-20, 2018 - COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: FIRST GLIMPSE CONCERT OF SONGS

OTHER EVENTS

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FORT GREENE WALKING TOURS

October 21 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fort Greene Park- Visitor Center map
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

AOP, The Walt Whitman Project, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, and Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, partner to present two free walking tours of Fort Greene Park and its environs on Saturday mornings throughout 2017. All tours are 90 minutes long and begin at 11:00 AM at the Fort Greene Park Visitors Center, top of hill.

Wallabout Historic Walking Tour
The walk will discuss how the historic Wallabout neighborhood north of Myrtle Avenue has developed since the Dutch first arrived in the early 1600’s and highlight notable residents and landmarks. The 90 minute guided tour by Ron Janoff begins in Fort Greene Park, includes a 1.3 mile walk, and concludes at 99 Ryerson Street. With live music performed by contralto Nicole Mitchell.

INFO & TICKETS:
Free with registration. To register visit: www.fortgreenepark.org/events

dca logoThis program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.


As One

AS ONE

November 10-12, 2017
Presented by San Diego Opera
Joan B Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
INFO and TICKETS

November 16-19, 2017
Chicago Fringe Opera
Center On Halsted (Hoover-Leppen Theater, 2nd Floor), 3656 N Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
INFO and TICKETS

November 17-19, 2017
Des Moines Metro Opera
513 North D Street, Indianola, IA 50125
INFO and TICKETS

January 11-16, 2018
Hawaii Opera Theatre
Aloha Tower Pier 10 Cruise Ship Terminal, Honolulu, HI 96813
INFO and TICKETS

January 27-28, 2018
Lyric Opera Kansas City
Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building, KCMO 64108
INFO and TICKETS

February 9-11, 2018
Anchorage Opera
621 W 6th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
INFO and TICKETS

“As One is the hottest title in opera right now...written in the last 100 years." - Denver Post

"As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy." —The New York Times

“A piece that haunts and challenges its audience with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion and the human desire for self-love and peace.”
—Opera News

Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed

In As One, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. As One traces Hannah's experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway where she is surprised at what she learns about herself.

As One was commissioned, developed, and premiered by American Opera Projects at BAM Fisher Center in Brooklyn, NY in September, 2014, and has already been performed by nine different opera companies throughout the United States and beyond.

 


As One

A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS - ACT II

Saturday, November 18, 2017 | 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Hudson Area Library
51 N 5th St, Hudson, NY 12534
DIRECTIONS

Sunday, November 19, 2017 | 4:00 PM
National Opera Center
330 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001
DIRECTIONS

AOP FIRST CHANCE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

“A Thousand Splendid Suns is more than a story of survival in the face of what seem to be insurmountable odds. It is a story of the unconquerable spirit of a people and individuals seen through the eyes of two indomitable women.” - Contemporary Literature

AOP First Chance and the Hudson Area Library present a music reading of Act II of the new opera A Thousand Splendid Suns, by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos. A Thousand Splendid Suns is scheduled for a World Premiere by the Seattle Opera in 2020.

Based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini and set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970’s to the present era, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two women from different walks of life, one older, one younger, forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Cold to one another at first, they form a bond that enables them to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love, passion, sacrifice and spiritual transcendence.

Performances by: Maya Lahyani, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ron Lloyd, Ian McCuen, Matthew Scolin with an ensemble of 7 instruments including Steve Gorn on bansuri, and Jonathan Singer on tablas.
Music Direction: Sara Jobin
Stage Direction: Leslie Swackhamer

Co-presented by AOP and Hudson Area Library

Running Time: 90 minutes including introduction to Act II.

TICKETS:
November 18 (Hudson Area Library performances) - Free with reservation

Eventbrite - AOP First Chance: A Thousand Splendid Suns

November 19 (NYC performance) - Industry performance, not open to the public. To request tickets contact info@operaprojects.org.

American Opera Projects has developed [and co-commissioned] A Thousand Splendid Suns with a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works, as well as commissioning grants from the New York State Council of the Arts. In addition, Silver received a grant from the Martha Boschen Porter Fund, a Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation to support this workshop. She also has received a 2013 Guggenheim as well as a 2014 Opera America Discovery Grant for Female Composers (funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) to support the opera. Seattle Opera recently received a 2017 Opera America Commissioning Grant for Silver (funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) and plans to premiere A Thousand Splendid Suns in Spring, 2020.

dca logoThis program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.


wolf in skins

WOLF-IN-SKINS

November 29 & 30 | 8:00 PM
SEI Innovation Studio at The Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia PA 19102
DIRECTIONS

Philadelphia Dance Projects in partnership with American Opera Projects will present an “Informance” with choreographer Christopher Williams and composer Gregory Spears as the culmination of a creative artist residency to further develop their original dance opera, Wolf-in-Skins. An “Informance” is a work-in-progress showing, where the artists are in conversation with the audience about the content of the work, their ideas and inspiration. Dancers, singers and musicians will perform sections from the work.

Kings, foundlings, wolves, hounds, fay milkmaids and other mythical characters fill this dance opera that draws inspiration from a cycle of Welsh romance tales that preserve pre-Celtic and pre-Christian elements. It views marginalized or outmoded cultural relics, celebrating the “otherness” inherent in early Welsh literature, through a contemporary lens.

Featuring:
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Marcus DeLoach, baritone
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo
Nina Berman, soprano
Owen McIntosh, countertenor
with New Vintage Baroque

Musical Director: Lindsay McIntosh

Christopher Williams, hailed as “one of the most exciting choreographic voices out there” in The New York Times and “the downtown prodigy” in The New Yorker, is a choreographer, dancer and puppeteer who has been devoted to crafting and performing choreographic works in New York City and abroad since 1999 including recent collaborations choreographing operas directed by Peter Sellars and Michel Fau.

Gregory Spears writes instrumental and vocal music that blends together stylistic aspects of romanticism, minimalism and early music. The Chicago Tribune hailed the music of Spears’ “Fellow Travelers” (premiered in 2016) as one of the “most accomplished new American operas in recent years …his setting of words to music is masterly.”

Presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects in partnership with AOP.

Run time: 60 minutes, plus reception

TICKETS: $10
www.kimmelcenter.org

Wolf-in-Skins is currently in development in American Opera Projects’ “First Chance” and “Dance Opera Initiative” programs, supported by funding through the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and in partnership with Philadelphia Dance Projects, supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, the William Penn Foundation and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Additional development of Wolf-in-Skins has been supported in part by funds from the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, and the O’Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation and provided through residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, One Arm Red, Dance New Amsterdam, the Joyce SoHo as part of a Rockefeller Dance-Theater Planning Residency, and at Watermill - a laboratory for performance.

Photo by Andrew Jordan


Echo Drift

THE ECHO DRIFT - WORLD PREMIERE

January 10, 12 – 13, 18 – 20 | 7:30 PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave., New York, NY (Entry on 25th St.)
DIRECTIONS

"Mikael Karlsson’s original score peaked the senses and ran a whole gamut of expression… My only reservation about the music was that there wasn’t more of it..." — Sarah Batschelet, Backtrack

Convicted murderer Walker Loats is trapped in a timeless prison. Unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, Walker must choose between paying her dues or taking a shortcut that offers to rig the game in her favor. Oscillating between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of animation, The Echo Drift unravels a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction, and fantastical perception. Featuring a live chamber ensemble, electronics, and a six-channel surround sound system, this world premiere opera explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli and questions, when in extreme circumstances, is it possible to act in a way that goes against one’s nature?

Music by Mikael Karlsson
Libretto by Elle Kunnos de Voss & Kathryn Walat
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison
Environment Design by Elle Kunnos de Voss
Projection Design by Simon Harding
Animations by Dara Hamidi (with drawings by Elle Kunnos de Voss)
Orchestration by Mikael Karlsson & Michael P. Atkinson

With the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Pianist Aaron Likness

Cast
Walker Loats
- Blythe Gaissert
Governor & The Moth - John Kelly

Co-presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center

Show run time: 70 minutes

INFO & TICKETS:
http://prototypefestival.org/show/the-echo-drift/

The Echo Drift was commissioned, developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE, and American Opera Projects.


Outrageous

SIX. TWENTY. OUTRAGEOUS.

February 9-10 | 7:30 PM
February 11 | 2:00 PM
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025-6990
DIRECTIONS

SIX. TWENTY. OUTRAGEOUS.
THREE GERTRUDE STEIN PLAYS IN THE SHAPE OF AN OPERA

When an oddball couple, their sassy housekeeper, a sewing machine, and a deranged radio all start singing, Gertrude Stein’s playful language is transformed into the ecstatic and uncannily beautiful new opera from composer Daniel Thomas Davis, librettist Adam Frank, and director- designer Doug Fitch. From a shopping expedition that turns into an erotic adventure to a presidential election party that goes prophetically and horribly wrong, Stein’s genius for upending convention is made startlingly relevant to our own cultural and political moment.

Featuring:
Ariadne Greif, soprano
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo
Andrew Fuchs, tenor
with the Momenta String Quartet
Musical Director: David Bloom

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Run time: 90 minutes


Join the cast and creators of the new opera SIX. TWENTY. OUTRAGEOUS. at an exclusive afterparty with specialty drinks and hearty hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate our inaugural partnership production with Symphony Space.

Sunday, February 11
2pm - VIP seating at the closing matinee performance
4pm - Cast party @ home on the Upper West Side near Symphony Space, TBA with your RSVP.

TICKETS: $200

The World Premiere of Six. Twenty. Outrageous. will be presented by Symphony Space as part of their Fuse Project for new works, in partnership with American Opera Projects and presented with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The AOP 2017-18 season is made possible by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., BMI, Howard Gilman Foundation, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the contributions of many individuals.



5 borough

FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK VOL II

Thursday, November 16 | 7:00 PM
National Sawdust
80 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249

The citywide tour of the Five Boroughs Music Festival's thrilling Five Borough Songbook, Volume II concludes in November with their final borough premiere in Brooklyn. Commissioned in honor of our 10th Anniversary season in 2016-2017, the Songbook is a captivating musical journey across NYC: an exploration of the city’s rich artistic and cultural legacy and a celebration of its best musical talent.

Featuring music from AOP Composers Conrad Cummings, Daniel Felsenfeld, Herschel Garfein, Laura Kaminsky, Libby Larsen, Hannah Lash, Missy Mazzoli, Robert Paterson, Kamala Sankaram, and Gregory Spears among many others.

COMPLETE INFO AND TICKETS:
http://5bmf.org/five-borough-songbook-vol-ii-brooklyn/



 

 

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