AOP Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 - "HAGOROMO" - POCANTICO CENTER
SEPTEMBER 30 & OCTOBER 2 - "COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES"
OCTOBER 9, 2016 - "RATED R FOR RAT" - SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
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

FirstGlimpse

HAGOROMO

Saturday, September 24 | 3:30 PM
Kykuit House - Pocantico Center
200 Lake Road
Tarrytown, New York 10591
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“seamlessly integrated the worlds of experimental music, dance, theatre, opera, puppetry and fashion into a rich, sober whole.” – Financial Times

AOP's 2015 world premiere dance-opera returns for a 50-minute excerpt presented by The Pocantico Center of The Rockefeller Brothers Fund on the lawns of Kykuit, the Rockefeller family home.

Reuniting former New York City Ballet principal dancers Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, Hagoromo is a multidisciplinary work inspired by one of the masterpieces of Japanese Noh drama about the fateful encounter between a poor fisherman (Soto) and a fallen angel (Whelan). A thoroughly contemporary vision, this retelling is a bold experiment in hybrid forms: a chamber opera composed by Nathan Davis and librettist Brendan Pelsue, with dance choreographed by David Neumann, puppetry by Chris M. Green, dramaturgy by Norman Frisch, and costumes created by the celebrated Belgian designer Dries Van Noten.

With puppeteers Ren Carrillo, Tristan Farmer, Catherine Gowl, Leah Hoffman, Rowan Magee, and Erin Orr and recorded music from the 2015 World Premiere production at the BAM Fisher featuring contralto Katalin Károlyi and tenor Peter Tantsits, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

Part of AOP's Dance Opera Initiative.

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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

  • Mabel's Call - 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.


Rated R

RATED R FOR RAT

Sunday, October 9 | 3:00 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Osher Salon
50 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Now in development with American Opera Projects and Festival Opera, Wang Jie's Rated R for Rat wildly re-imagines the myths of the Chinese Zodiac animals to encompass zany comedy and to dramatize serious social issues. In a post-apocalyptic world, the Zodiac gods suffer a crisis as their human underlings lose interest in reproducing. The Lark, a chirpy court entertainer who dreams of becoming the thirteenth goddess, descends to the Earth to solve the mystery. Through the journey, she discovers her real passion, and thereby revives the world.

Festival Opera is presenting a workshop of this work-in-development in collaboration with the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The production is slated to premiere at Festival Opera in Fall 2017.

ARTISTIC TEAM
Music director and conductor: Michael Morgan
Composer/librettist: Wang Jie
Stage director: Mo Zhou
Piano accompanist: Chun Mei Wilson

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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.


iron heel

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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iron heel

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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