BEFORE THE NIGHT SKY and RATED R FOR RAT
Friday, January 13 | 8:00 PM
The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
(between 6th Ave and Broadway)
New York, NY 10036
Experience the cutting edge of opera this January with the New Opera Showcase, an evening of orchestral readings of new and recently premiered operas including current AOP operas-in-development Before the Night Sky composer Randall Eng and librettist Donna Di Novelli, and Rated R for Rat composer/librettist Wang Jie.
Part of OPERA America’s annual meeting of opera creators, the New Opera Showcase takes place at historic Town Hall in the heart of Times Square with the SONOS Chamber Orchestra and Choral Chameleon. Erik Ochsner conducts.
TICKETS: $10 for members / $25 for non-members
Rated R for Rat commissioned by American Opera Projects, through Opera America Female Composers Commissioning Grant, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Developed in association with Festival Opera. World premiere production by Festival Opera in 2017.
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
With music by Robert Paterson (The Whole Truth, Composers & the Voice) and a libretto by David Cote (The Scarlet Ibis), THREE WAYis 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 Nashville Opera and AOP
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
LUCY: A MEMORY OPERA
April 1-8, 2017
Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
"...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
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.
Music by Daniel Sonenberg
Libretto by Daniel Sonenberg and Daniel Nester, with additional lyrics by Mark Campbell
Sam Helfrich directs; Antony Walker conducts.
The Summer King was commissioned by Portland Ovations, with development by American Opera Projects, 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.
Developed by AOP in First Chance and Composers & the Voice.
INDEPENDENCE EVE - WORLD PREMIERE
June 3-11, 2017
The Village at Shirlington
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
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.
Developed in AOP's First Chance and Composers & the Voice programs.
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
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.
Sung in English & Spanish with projected titles in both languages
Before Night Falls was developed in AOP First Chance with continued development at Fort Worth Opera.