AOP Upcoming Events

JUNE-AUGUST 2016 - FORT GREENE PARK WALKING TOUR
SEPTEMBER 30 & OCTOBER 2 - "COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES"
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 29-MAY 7, 2017 - "THE SUMMER KING" - PITTSBURGH OPERA
JUNE 15-18, 2017 - "THREE WAY" - NYC PREMIERE

OTHER EVENTS

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FORT GREENE PARK WALKING TOUR

June 11 & 18 | 11:00 AM
July 9 & 16 | 11:00 AM
August 13 & 20 | 11:00 AM
Fort Greene Park- Visitor Center map
Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Join the Fort Greene Park Conservancy for a 90 minute walking tour exploring Fort Greene Park, its history, and connections to the surrounding neighborhood. Uncover facts about the sacrifice of the Prison Ship Martyrs, Walt Whitman's role in the founding of Fort Greene Park, and the park's ties to other local establishments. Tour includes special musical performances by professional opera singers Jorell Williams (Independence Eve, Composers & the Voice) on August 13 and Nicole Mitchell (Harriet Tubman) on August 20.

Produced by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project, The Walt Whitman Project, and American Opera Projects.

INFO & TICKETS:
Free with registration
www.fortgreenepark.org/events

dca logoSupported through a generous grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The Walt Whitman Tours of Fort Greene Park are supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.


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COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES

Friday, Sep. 30 | 8:00 PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Sunday, Oct. 2 | 2:30 PM
National Opera Center
330 7th Ave, 7th floor
New York, NY 10001
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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

  • Bigger Skies - 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

TICKETS:
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.


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HARRIET TUBMAN: WHEN I CROSSED THAT LINE TO FREEDOM

Sunday, October 30 | 5:00 PM
South Shore Cultural Center
7059 S South Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60649 United States
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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.


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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
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June 15-17, 2017 | 7:30 PM
June 18, 2017 | 2:00 PM

BAM Fisher - Fishman Space
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217
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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

TICKETS:
January 2017 performances, Nashville: $26-$99

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June 2017 performances, Brooklyn

COMING SOON

 

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.


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THE IRON HEEL

July 28 - September 3
Various locations
New York City

Composers & the Voice librettist Edward Einhorn adapts Jack London's THE IRON HEEL, the first modern dystopian novel, written as a socialist propaganda piece in 1908. An election between a socialist candidate and an oligarch. What happens if the oligarch wins? Presented on the 100th anniversary of Jack London's death. Join us as we gather for light snacks, folk songs, and performance.

With
Craig Anderson, Kevin Argus, Charles Ouda, Yvonne Roen, Victoria Rulle, and Trav SD

"Audacious...genuinely prophetic"
Leon Trotsky, ART & PERFORMANCE

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TICKETS: FREE and PAY WHAT YOU CAN

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Free performances can be attended without reservation.

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AN DIE FERNEN GELIEBTEN: MONODRAMAS BY BEETHOVEN AND JEREMY GILL

August 25, 2016 | 7:00 PM
National Sawdust
80 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249
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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

TICKETS: $25 advance / $30 door

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