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.
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 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.”
Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
New 2017 productions from Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Colorado, Long Beach Opera, New Orleans Opera, San Diego Opera, and Lyric Opera Kansas City!
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.
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 Eliza Bonet, Melisa Bonetti, Samuel Levine, Wes Mason, Danielle Pastin, Courtney Ruckman, Jordan Rutter, and Matthew Treviño
Scenery designed by Randy Williams
Costumes designed by Matt Logan
Lighting and video designed by Barry Steele
Wigs and Makeup Designer Sondra Nottingham
Sung in English with projected English titles
Three acts, two intermissions (2 hours, 45 minutes total)
Mature audiences. Contains adult language and situations
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
Saturday, March 25 | 7:00 PM
Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College
Toms River, NJ 08754
World Concert Premiere co-produced by Ardea Arts and the Garden State Philharmonic
Where do animals go for answers on how to hop off the treadmill, reclaim their ‘inner howl’, or bust the vocabulary norm beyond ‘Polly want a cracker?’ Come along with Hamster, Goldfish, Dog, Frog, Turtle, Parrot and Horse as they visit wise Dr. Alfred J. McGee, for advice on how to solve their problems and improve their lives. ANIMAL TALES, written by George Plimpton and composed by Kitty Brazelton, is a wacky, rambunctious and inspiring opera/musical about daring to be different, overcoming stereotypes and finding purpose and happiness in life. Directed by Grethe Barrett Holby.
The commissioning of Kitty Brazelton for Animal Tales received funding from OPERA America's Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
FIERCE GRACE: JEANNETTE RANKIN, a song cycle
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.