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
Music by Daniel Sonenberg
Libretto by Daniel Sonenberg and Daniel Nester, with additional lyrics by Mark Campbell
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.
Performances by Alfred Walker, Sean Pannikar, Dencye Graves, Kenneth Kellogg, Norman Shankle, Phillip Gay, Jacqueline Echols, Jasmine Muhammad, Raymond Very, Brian Vu, and Eric Ferring.
Sam Helfrich, director; Antony Walker conductor.
The Summer King was commissioned by Portland Ovations, with development by American Opera Projects in First Chance and Composers & the Voice, 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.
INDEPENDENCE EVE - WORLD PREMIERE
June 3-11, 2017
The Village at Shirlington
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206 DIRECTIONS
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.
June 15-17, 2017 | 7:30 PM
June 18, 2017 | 2:00 PM
BAM Fisher - Fishman Space
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217 DIRECTIONS
“An intriguing treatise on power, passion and human connection... Cote has an obvious gift for humor, yet there also are moments of genuine tenderness. Paterson’s music is mesmerizing, beautifully supporting the story.” - The Tennessean
With music by Robert Paterson (The Whole Truth, Composers & the Voice) and a libretto by David Cote (The Scarlet Ibis), THREE WAY is 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 AOP and Nashville Opera
Directed by John Hoomes
Conductor: Dean Williamson
Featuring Eliza Bonet, Melisa Bonetti, Samuel Levine, Wes Mason, Danielle Pastin, Courtney Ruckman, Jordan Rutter, and Matthew Treviño
Scenery designed by Randy Williams
Costumes designed by Matt Logan
Lighting and video designed by Barry Steele
Wigs and Makeup Designer Sondra Nottingham
Sung in English with projected English titles
Three acts, two intermissions (2 hours, 45 minutes total)
Mature audiences. Contains adult language and situations
Part of the second annual New York Opera Festival, presented by the NY Opera Alliance this May and June. nyoperafest.com for more details and events. #NYOperaFest
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.
VOICE OF AMERICA: Vocal Works by Living American Composers
Thursday, April 27 | 8:00 PM
129 West 67th Street, NYC
Co-presented by American Modern Ensemble and ChamberMusicNY
Vocal works by living American composers Robert Paterson, Luna Pearl Woolf and Robert Maggio. Arias from Paterson’s opera THREE WAY plus the New York Premiere’s of Woolf’s Rumi and Paterson’s In Real Life. Featuring singers Wes Mason, Sam Levine, Jordan Rutter, Marnie Breckenridge and the American Modern Ensemble. MORE INFO