SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 - "HAGOROMO" - POCANTICO CENTER
SEPTEMBER 30 & OCTOBER 2 - "COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES"
OCTOBER 9, 2016 - "RATED R FOR RAT" - SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
OCTOBER 30 - "HARRIET TUBMAN" - SOUTH SHORE OPERA COMPANY OF CHICAGO
JANUARY 27-19, 2017 -
"THREE WAY" - NASHVILLE OPERA
FEBRUARY 18-26, 2017 - "AS ONE" - PITTSBURGH OPERA
MARCH 2-4, 2017 - "AS ONE" - OPERA COLORADO
APRIL 1-8, 2017 - "LUCY" - URBANARIAS
APRIL 29-MAY 7, 2017 - "THE SUMMER KING" - PITTSBURGH OPERA
MAY 13-21, 2017 - "AS ONE" - LONG BEACH OPERA
JUNE 3-11, 2017 - "THE BLIND" - URBANARIAS
JUNE 15-18, 2017 -
"THREE WAY" - NYC PREMIERE
Saturday, September 24 | 3:30 PM
Kykuit House - Pocantico Center
200 Lake Road
Tarrytown, New York 10591
“seamlessly integrated the worlds of experimental music, dance, theatre, opera, puppetry and fashion into a rich, sober whole.” – Financial Times
Following a sold-out world premiere run at BAM’s 2015 Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn’s AOP brings Hagoromo to the lawns of Kykuit, the family home on the Rockefeller Estate, in a 50-minute excerpt performance with never-before-seen revisions created this month at The Pocantico Center.
Hagoromo is a multidisciplinary work inspired by one of the masterpieces of Japanese Noh drama about the fateful encounter between a fallen angel and a poor fisherman, performed by former New York City Ballet principal dancers Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto. Director David Michalek’s thoroughly contemporary vision is a bold experiment in hybrid forms: a chamber opera composed by Nathan Davis and librettist Brendan Pelsue, with dance choreographed by David Neumann, puppetry by Chris M. Green performed by puppeteers Ren Carrillo, Tristan Farmer, Catherine Gowl, Leah Hoffman, Rowan Magee, and Erin Orr, dramaturgy by Norman Frisch, and costumes created by the celebrated Belgian designer Dries Van Noten.
The performance also includes recorded music from the 2015 World Premiere production at the BAM Fisher featuring contralto Katalin Károlyi and tenor Peter Tantsits, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
Q&A with the artists following the performance.
Part of AOP's Dance Opera Initiative. Funded through the generous support of The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Tickets are extremely limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. For tickets, call 718-398-4024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
Rain date: Sunday, Sep. 25 at 3:30pm
COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES
Friday, Sep. 30 | 8:00 PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Sunday, Oct. 2 | 2:30 PM
National Opera Center
330 7th Ave, 7th floor
New York, NY 10001
AOP previews the future of opera with an evening of scenes developed during AOP's latest season of Composers & the Voice, a Brooklyn-based fellowship training program that has launched the careers of some of today's top opera creators.
Previous Six Scenes have given audiences their first look at operas that went on to fully-produced world premieres including Paul’s Case (UrbanArias and Prototype Festival, Gregory Spears), Love/Hate (ODC/San Francisco Opera 2012, Jack Perla), and the upcoming Three Way (Nashville Opera 2017, Robert Paterson) and The Summer King (Pittsburgh Opera 2017, Daniel Sonenberg).
Six Scenes 2016
- Mabel's Call - Early 20th century arts promoter, salon hostess, and writer Mabel Dodge Luhan searches for a utopia in the American Southwest.
- Freud / Jung - What made Freud black out at the Munich Psychoanalytic Summit, and what if Erwartung was his dream?
- Vera - A pair of cosmonauts are traveling to a distant star system when their daughter vanishes from the spacecraft, throwing their mission and relationship into turmoil.
- Why We Bleed - A dramatic exploration of the evolution of the endometrium, in which a seasoned but never-before-pregnant Uterus attempts to fight off a determined Zygote.
- The Minor Passion - The story of a criminal inmate of Broadmoor Asylum who helped to finish the greatest literary labour in the history of the English language, and the women who saved his life.
- Four Postcards - A poet’s lost love messages return to him in unexpected ways.
Scenes by composers Matthew Barnson, Carlos R. Carrillo, Nell Shaw Cohen, Marc LeMay, Cecilia Livingston, Sky Macklay and librettists Edward Einhorn, Duncan McFarlane, Emily Roller, and Mark Sonnenblick.
Performances by opera singers Jennifer Goode Cooper, Blake Friedman, Kyle Guglielmo, Caitlin McKechney, Tookah Sapper, and Jonathan Woody.
Music Directors: Charity Wicks, Mila Henry and Kelly Horsted
C&V Artistic Director: Steven Osgood
Friday, Sep. 30 | 8:00 PM, Brooklyn performance:
Sunday, Oct. 2 | 2:30 PM, Manhattan performance:
Composers & the Voice is made possible in part by generous awards from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Victor Herbert Foundation.
RATED R FOR RAT
Sunday, October 9 | 3:00 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Osher Salon
50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Now in development with American Opera Projects and Festival Opera, Wang Jie's Rated R for Rat wildly re-imagines the myths of the Chinese Zodiac animals to encompass zany comedy and to dramatize serious social issues. In a post-apocalyptic world, the Zodiac gods suffer a crisis as their human underlings lose interest in reproducing. The Lark, a chirpy court entertainer who dreams of becoming the thirteenth goddess, descends to the Earth to solve the mystery. Through the journey, she discovers her real
passion, and thereby revives the world.
Festival Opera is presenting a workshop of this work-in-development in collaboration with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The production is slated to premiere at Festival Opera in Fall 2017.
Music director and conductor: Michael Morgan
Composer/librettist: Wang Jie
Stage director: Mo Zhou
Piano accompanist: Chun Mei Wilson
HARRIET TUBMAN: WHEN I CROSSED THAT LINE TO FREEDOM
Friday, October 28 | 7:00 PM
Sunday, October 30 | 4:00 PM
South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60649 United States
South Shore Opera Company of Chicago presents Nkeiru Okoye's operatic work that tells of how a young girl born in slavery, becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor.
Experience this heartwarming tale of two sisters vowing that nothing but death will separate them, despite the slavery threatening to tear them apart. The music is richly textured, drawing from the musical traditions of opera, gospel, American spirituals, ragtime and minstrel songs.
Based on recent Tubman biographies, the story is narrated and told in the context of Tubman’s tight-knit family of lively characters. Harriet Tubman carries the universal themes of sisterhood, courage, sacrifice and doing what is necessary to keep a family together.
Commissioned and developed by AOP.
TICKETS AND EVENT INFO
THREE WAY - WORLD PREMIERE and NYC PREMIERE
January 27-29, 2017
James K. Polk Theatre, The Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick St, Nashville, TN 37219
June 15-17, 2017 | 7:30 PM
June 18, 2017 | 2:00 PM
BAM Fisher - Fishman Space
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Nashville Opera and AOP present the premiere of THREE WAY, a triptych on the future of love: android lovers, BDSM and multiple partners, from composer Robert Paterson (Composers & the Voice) and David Cote (The Scarlet Ibis).
Three playful one-acts uncover some very private behavior with wit, poignance, and sparkling music! THE COMPANION, SAFE WORD, and MASQUERADE explore the future of love, sex, and need with a clever balance of humor and drama. Their contemporary characters collide at the intersection of power and desire to reveal the true longings of the human heart, and the score is beguilingly melodic and every bit as complex as they are. Sexy, funny, and a little bit naughty, THREE WAY is a surprising theatrical experience you won’t want to miss!
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 (June performances)
Sung in English with projected English titles
Three acts, two intermissions (2 hours, 45 minutes total)
Mature audiences. Contains adult language and situations
January 2017 performances, Nashville: $26-$99
June 2017 performances, Brooklyn
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.
WENDY WHELAN: RESTLESS CREATURE
October 9, 2017 | 3:30 PM
October 10, 2017 | 6:15 PM
Walter Reade Theater - Bruno Walter Auditorium
New York City
A new documentary about dance legend Wendy Whelan (AOP's Hagoromo) premieres at the 54th New York Film Festival. In 1984, Wendy Whelan joined the New York City Ballet as an apprentice; by 1991, she had been promoted to Principal Dancer. She quickly became a revered and beloved figure throughout the dance world. Wrote Roslyn Sulcas, “her sinewy physicality, her kinetic clarity, and her dramatic, otherworldly intensity have created a quite distinct and unusual identity.” Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger’s film follows this extraordinary artist throughout a passage of life that all dancers must face, when she must confront the limitations of her own body and adapt to a different relationship with the art form she loves so madly.