February 18-26, 2017
Presented by Pittsburgh Opera
2425 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15222 INFO and TICKETS
March 2-4, 2017
Presented by Opera Colorado
Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School
1001 W. 84th Avenue, Denver, CO 80260 INFO and TICKETS
May 13-21, 2017
Presented by Long Beach Opera
The Beverly O’Neill Theater
300 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802 INFO and TICKETS
June 2-4, 2017
Presented by New Orleans Opera
Marigny Opera House
725 St. Ferdinand Street, New Orleans, LA 70117 INFO and TICKETS
"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.”
“As One is everything that we hope for in contemporary opera: topical, poignant, daring, and beautifully written. “ —New York Classical Review
Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
New productions from Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Colorado, Long Beach Opera, and New Orleans Opera!
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.
AOP First Chance: WE'VE GOT OUR EYE ON YOU Sunday, February 26 | 4:00 PM
South Oxford Space - Studio G
138 South Oxford Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217 DIRECTIONS
Peek into the craft of writing opera when AOP First Chance presents a free Libretto Reading of We’ve Got Our Eye on You, a new opera-in-development by librettist David Cote (Three Way, The Scarlet Ibis) to be composed by Nkeiru Okoye (Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom). The reading featuring professional stage actors will be directed by Matt Gray and will include a Q&A with the creators.
This zany remix of Greek mythology, rom-com and sexual politics follows the Gray Sisters—three siblings who share a detachable eyeball—as they encounter the blustery hero Perseus. He wants to learn Medusa’s whereabouts; they want to get to know him better. Pythia, the Oracle at Delphi, already knows how the craziness will end. All this, plus a Greek Chorus!
Made possible in part by a OPERA America Discovery Grant for Female Composers program, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
AOP First Chance: VERA Sunday, March 12 | 2:30 PM Thursday, March 16 | 7:30 PM
Manhattan School of Music - Greenfield Hall
120 Claremont Avenue (Between 122nd and La Salle Streets)
New York, NY 10027 DIRECTIONS
AOP First Chance: VERA and LEGENDARY Sunday, March 19 | 8:00 PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217 DIRECTIONS
The Manhattan School of Music, in collaboration with AOP First Chance, presents a staged reading of scenes from Vera, the new opera by composed by Matthew Barnson with libretto by Mark Sonnenblick. In an empty corner of the cosmos, a small government spacecraft hurtles towards the farside colony of Muriana. It transports Caroline, future ambassador to the colony, her husband Gregory, and their daughter Vera. A faulty communication transmitter, however, has forced Gregory to restart the System—the onboard computer that tends to their every need. Probably everything will be fine. www.aopopera.org/vera
Caroline: Abigail Shapiro (Cover: Han Hsiao)
Gregory: Marshall Morrow
Vera: Yesul Yeon (Cover: Sara Mikulski)
Voice: Sara Mikulski
Anne Shikany, director
Scott Rednour, music director
The March 12 performance is presented as part of the annual Opera Index series New American Opera Previews, From Page to Stage. It also features a performance of new music from Encompass New Opera Theatre.
The March 19 performance will also feature a music reading of excerpts from Legendary, a new opera by composer Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim about double lives and destructive desires set in the glory days of New York City’s underground drag culture. 1985. New York City. Inspired by a true story, famed drag performer Dee Legendary embarks on a passionate love affair with Officer John, whose fascination with Dee takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. www.aopopera.org/legendary
Cast: Jorell Williams, Jordan Rutter
Charity Wicks, music director
Each performance will feature a post-show discussion with the artists.
Made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Vera and Legendary were initially developed in AOP's Composers & the Voice fellowship program.
LUCY: A MEMORY OPERA
April 1-8, 2017 Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 DIRECTIONS
"...in Kelley Rourke's and John Glover's haunting new chamber opera... 'Lucy' becomes a potent exploration of the divide between human and animal." - Milwaukee Mag
Washington D.C.'s UrbanArias presents the AOP-developed Lucy: A Memory Opera, a multi-media work of music-theater by composer John Glover and librettist Kelley Rourke for baritone and chamber ensemble in one 70-minute act.
Inspired by true events, Lucy tells the story of psychologist Maurice Temerlin who, along with his wife Jane, adopted a day-old chimpanzee in the sixties. Naming her Lucy, their intention was to raise her "as much as possible as though she were a human being". Lucy learned to dress herself, eat with silverware, make tea for guests, look at magazines, communicate through sign language and enjoy cocktails. As Temerlin struggles to hold on to memories of a happy, albeit unconventional, family life, documentation from the experiment challenges him to come to terms with the project's ultimate consequences.
Developed in AOP's First Chance program. Commissioned and premiered by Milwaukee Opera Theater. Originally developed under the title Our Basic Nature, Lucy: A Memory Opera was developed in part with generous grants from Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program
THE SUMMER KING - WORLD PREMIERE
Saturday, April 29 | 8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 2 | 7:00 PM Friday, May 5 | 7:30 PM Sunday, May 7 | 3:00 PM
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
237 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 DIRECTIONS
Music by Daniel Sonenberg
Libretto by Daniel Sonenberg and Daniel Nester, with additional lyrics by Mark Campbell
The very first world premiere in Pittsburgh Opera’s distinguished 78 year history hits close to home. The Summer King tells the story of baseball legend Josh Gibson. Josh went from the sandlots of Pittsburgh’s North Side to the pinnacle of greatness in the Negro Leagues, before ultimately being enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Performances by Alfred Walker, Sean Pannikar, Dencye Graves, Kenneth Kellogg, Norman Shankle, Phillip Gay, Jacqueline Echols, Jasmine Muhammad, Raymond Very, Brian Vu, and Eric Ferring.
Sam Helfrich, director; Antony Walker conductor.
The Summer King was commissioned by Portland Ovations, with development by American Opera Projects in First Chance and Composers & the Voice, and deeply appreciated continuing support for the Pittsburgh Opera world premiere from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Summer King has received major support from American Opera Projects, the National Endowment for the Arts, Bob Crewe Foundation, Maine Arts Commission and University of Southern Maine. The Summer King received its first public presentation as a concert performance on May 8, 2014 at Merrill Auditorium, Portland, Maine under the auspices of Portland Ovations in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine.
INDEPENDENCE EVE - WORLD PREMIERE
June 3-11, 2017
The Village at Shirlington
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206 DIRECTIONS
Washington D.C.'s UrbanArias, in association with AOP, presents the world premiere of Independence Eve, a new chamber opera in three scenes by composer Sidney Marquez Boquiren and librettist Daniel Neer that explores the troubled journey of race relations in America. Conducted by Robert Wood.
Comprised of three unrelated scenes, each of which take place on July 3 in an unspecified American city, Independence Eve focuses on the stories of three black males (each played by baritone Jorell Williams), and three white males (each played by tenor Brandon Snook), who struggle with identity and acceptance amidst race issues that span one hundred years of the American experience. Taking place on the benign location of a single park bench in three different urban locations, Independence Eve is a study of black and white America, offering commentary on the intricacies of race relations and the insidious and persistent stain of racism that has remained consistent throughout American history.
Independence Eve is the fifrth AOP opera presented by UrbanArias following the world premieres of She, After and Paul's Case, last season's As One, and this spring's Lucy.
June 15-17, 2017 | 7:30 PM
June 18, 2017 | 2:00 PM
BAM Fisher - Fishman Space
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217 DIRECTIONS
“An intriguing treatise on power, passion and human connection... Cote has an obvious gift for humor, yet there also are moments of genuine tenderness. Paterson’s music is mesmerizing, beautifully supporting the story.” - The Tennessean
With music by Robert Paterson (The Whole Truth, Composers & the Voice) and a libretto by David Cote (The Scarlet Ibis), THREE WAY is a new opera on the present and future of sex and love. In three playful one-acts, average heroes explore the worlds of android lovers, BDSM and multiple partners in their searches for the emotional connections that are ever-elusive in today’s romantic world. Sexy, funny and a little bit shocking, Three Way combines complex but melodic music with witty humor and personal drama creating an Il trittico for the Tinder generation.
Presented by AOP and Nashville Opera
Directed by John Hoomes
Conductor: Dean Williamson
Featuring Courtney Ruckman, Samuel Levine, Danielle Pastin, Jordan Rutter, Wes Mason, Melisa Bonetti, Matthew Treviño, Eliza Bonet
with the American Modern Ensemble
Sung in English with projected English titles
Three acts, two intermissions (2 hours, 45 minutes total)
Mature audiences. Contains adult language and situations
ON SALE MARCH 2017
Part of the second annual New York Opera Festival, presented by the NY Opera Alliance this May and June. nyoperafest.com for more details and events. #NYOperaFest
The AOP 2016-17 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.
BEFORE NIGHT FALLS
March 18-25, 2017 Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132 DIRECTIONS
Music by Jorge Martín
Libretto by Jorge Martín and Dolores M. Koch, based on the memoir by Reinaldo Arenas
Presented by Florida Grand Opera
Based on the famous memoir of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas,Before Night Falls follows Arenas’ life from childhood poverty in the Cuban countryside to his emigration to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boatlift, and his last decade in New York City. Disillusioned by the Cuban Revolution and persecuted by the Castro regime as a dissident writer and homosexual, the opera follows his trials and tribulations as a political prisoner forced to smuggle his manuscripts abroad for publication. MORE INFO
Sung in English & Spanish with projected titles in both languages
Friday, April 7, 2017 | 6:30 PM The Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street SE, Washington, D.C. DIRECTIONS
The Library of Congress and OPERA America will co-present the world premiere of Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin, a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and piano about the first woman elected to Congress. Commissioned by OPERA America, the songs were composed by Kitty Brazelton (Fireworks), Laura Kaminsky (As One, Today It Rains), Laura Karpman and Ellen Reid, with a text by Kimberly Reed (As One, Today It Rains). The performance of the song cycle will be followed by a panel discussion with the creators on the state of women composers and librettists in the field of American opera.