PARK AND BARK - 12 MINI-OPERAS ABOUT FORT GREENE PARK
May 7 | 2:00 PM
Black Box Theatre, NYU Tisch
715 Broadway, 2nd Floor. NY 10003
May 8 | 4:00 PM
Fort Greene Park, Visitors Center
entrance at Washington Park and DeKalb
Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY 11205
PARK AND BARK – two sets of mini-operas about Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, one of New York’s, and the nation’s, most historic and vibrant neighborhood parks. The operas, each under fifteen minutes, include dramatizations of the park’s large dog walking community, the remains of the Prison Ship Martyrs from the American Revolution, and a park gardener in a post-apocalyptic future. Written by students in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, led by Randall Eng (Composers & the Voice, Henry's Wife), in partnership with AOP.
Six of the operas, staged by opera director, associate Arts Professor and Head of Dramaturgy in the Graduate Department of Design for Stage and Film Sam Helfrich (Glimmerglass, Virginia Opera, Boston Lyric), will be performed at NYU Tisch's Black Box Theater. The other six operas will be performed in an outdoor concert near the Visitors Center at Fort Greene Park.
Presented by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, American Opera Projects (AOP), and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy (FGPC).
Saturday, May 7
Group A (operas 1-6, staged), NYU Black Box Theater
Sam Helfrich - Stage Director
Mila Henry - Music Director
Composers / Librettists
Edison Hong / Manda Leigh Blunt
Yoonmi Lee / Orian Israelsohn
Paulo Tirol / Shoshana Greenberg
Casey O’Neil / Sophia Chapadjiev
Aleksandra Weil / Laura Barati
TJ Rubin / Marella Martin Koch
Blake Friedman, tenor
Sarah Heltzel, mezzo-soprano
Amelia Watkins, soprano
Sam Carl, bass
Designers - NYU Graduate Department of Design for Stage and Film
Peter W Mitchell, Jennifer Reiser, Vadim Ledvin, Derek Van Heel
Sunday, May 8
Group B (operas 7-12, concert), Fort Greene Park
Kelly Horsted - Music Director
Composers / Librettists
Brian Cavanagh-Strong / Ben Bonnema
Ben Bonnema / Kathleen Wrinn
Erato Kremmyda / Maggie-Kate Coleman
Jonathan Russ / Lane Dombois
Emily Rose Simons / Greg Moss
Tek Goo Kang / Chandra McClelland
Eric Brenner, countertenor
Kamala Sankaram, soprano
Deborah van Renterghem, soprano
Jorell Williams, baritone
Free and open to the public. Seating for May 7 is limited.
Reservations (May 7): https://parkandbarkmay7.eventbrite.com
Support for the workshop was provided by the Institute of Performing Arts, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and a multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with the free performances made possible by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: FIRST GLIMPSE
May 13-14 | 8:00 PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
A concert of world premiere songs from emerging 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, created during AOP's latest season of its Brooklyn-based training program Composers & the Voice.
Performances by opera singers Jennifer Goode Cooper, Blake Friedman, Blythe Gaissert, Tookah Sapper, Michael Weyandt, and Jonathan Woody.
Piano: Charity Wicks, Mila Henry and Kelly Horsted
C&V Artistic Director: Steven Osgood
MEET THE 2016-18 C&V ARTISTS
General Admission: $25; $20 students/seniors
Composers & the Voice is made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
AS ONE (Excerpts)
Friday, May 20 | 8:00 PM
Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts
175 Rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H2X 1Z8, Canada
Scenes from AOP's hit opera As One will be performed as part of OPERA America's New Works Sampler at the Opera Conference 2016 in Montreal. In this chamber opera for two singers and string quartet by composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell and librettist/filmmaker Kimberly Reed, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her self and the outside world. www.aopopera.org/AsOne
The New Works Sampler is a showcase of works in progress and recent premieres. Complementing the New Works Forum, this performance will feature the wide spectrum of musical styles employed by emerging and established composers creating opera today.
Tickets are exclusive to registrants of Opera Conference 2016.
Registrants can RSVP here to the New Works Forum
As One was commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects. The New Works Sampler is made possible by generous and deeply appreciated grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The AOP 2015-16 season is made possible by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., BMI, Howard Gilman 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.
April 13-24, 2016
Wed, Fri & Sat | 7:00 PM
Sundays | 2:00 PM
145 Sixth Ave. (enter on Dominick Street one block south of Spring)
New York, NY 10013
Science Fair is an opera singer’s love-song to science. Conceived and performed by mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn (The Wanton Sublime, Darkling), Science Fair uses physical demonstrations and experiments, a libretto created from the words of scientists, and original music to illuminate our current understanding of the natural world. Celebrating curiosities like the formation of our solar system, the structure of the atom, and the ancient legacy of DNA, Science Fair pairs light-hearted humor with luscious operatic vocals to uplift the ordinary into the realm of wonder. Presented by HERE.
Music by Matthew Schickele, and C&V composers Renée Favand-See, Stefan Weisman, and Conrad Cummings.
FORT WORTH OPERA FRONTIERS
Wednesday, May 4 | 6:00 PM - Showcase 1
Thursday, May 5 | 6:00 PM - Showcase 2
Kimbell Art Museum’s Kahn Auditorium
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Fort Worth Opera presents the fourth season of the company’s exciting, annual new works program, Frontiers, taking place during the last week of the 2016 Fort Worth Opera Festival. Eight selected works will be presented in 20-minute excerpts, sung by artists from the 2016 Fort Worth Opera Festival with piano accompaniment, in two separate showcases of four works each.
Featuring AOP Artists Mikael Karlsson (The Echo Drift, Composers & the Voice), Mark Campbell (As One, Today It Rains), Royce Vavrek (Stoned Prince), and two operas that were developed in AOP's Composers & the Voice program - Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins, by Guy Barash based on the play by Nick Flynn, and Legendary, by composer Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim.
PATIENCE & SARAH
June 23 & 24 | 7:00 PM
The Players Theatre
115 MacDougal Street
Between West 3rd and Bleecker Streets
New York, NY 10012
Celebrate Pride Week NYC with the return of Patience & Sarah, “a rare and moving opera about women in love” (New York Magazine)! Featuring a new seven-piece orchestration and seven singers, Patience & Sarah is a chamber opera inspired by the true love story of two 19th-century pioneering women who dared to live together, with Nadia Petrella as Patience and Elsa Quéron as Sarah. AOP commissioned, developed and premiered the Paula Kimper/Wende Persons opera at the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival. Presented by Paula Kimper Ensemble.