Friday, January 13 | 8:00 PM The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street
(between 6th Ave and Broadway)
New York, NY 10036 DIRECTIONS
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 DIRECTIONS
June 15-17, 2017 | 7:30 PM
June 18, 2017 | 2:00 PM
BAM Fisher - Fishman Space
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217 DIRECTIONS
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
TICKETS: January 2017 performances, Nashville: $26-$99
June 2017 performances, Brooklyn
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
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.
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.
AN DIE FERNEN GELIEBTEN: MONODRAMAS BY BEETHOVEN AND JEREMY GILL
December 13, 2016 | 7:00 PM National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249 DIRECTIONS
Composer/pianist Jeremy Gill (Composers & the Voice), baritone Jonathan Hays, and director/actor Copeland Woodruff present two staged German-language song cycles with English subtitles. Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte is regarded as the first song cycle (text by Alois Isidor Jeitteles). It is narrative, and literally cyclical in that the first song returns at the end, but there is no clear “story,” only a series of related musings by a single protagonist. Gill’s Helian, setting a long poem by Georg Trakl, is built around morphing images that narrate the psychological journey of a single protagonist, which Woodruff has re-imagined as an autobiographical exploration of Trakl’s brief, tormented life.. MORE INFO
UNSILENT NIGHT 2016
December 18, 2016 | 6:00 PM Washington Square Park
New York, NY 10012 DIRECTIONS
“One of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you'll ever encounter.” — Time Out New York
This December, composer Phil Kline’s (Out Cold) luminous and shimmering mobile sound-sculpture UNSILENT NIGHT returns for a 25th anniversary edition in cities across the United States and abroad. Since its debut with some of Kline's friends on the streets of Greenwich Village in 1992, Unsilent Night has grown as a true word-of-mouth phenomenon; it is now a worldwide annual holiday event and has been presented in over 100 cities and on five continents.
This year's flagship New York City event takes place Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., when Phil Kline will lead a massive chorus of boomboxes from the West Village to the East Village. Hundreds of participants will gather at the arch in Washington Square Park, and less than an hour and mile later, end up in Tompkins Square Park.
Meanwhile, throughout the month similar parades will play out in cities as diverse as San Francisco, CA; Norfolk, VA; Hudson, NY; North Adams, MA; Houston, TX; Cambridge, Ontario; and many others. The complete list of 2016 participating cities is updated daily at unsilentnight.com.