AOP Upcoming Events

MAY 31, 2017 - "WALT WHITMAN'S BROOKLYN HEIGHTS - A Free Walking Tour"




Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | 6:00 PM
St. Francis College in the Callahan Center
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

St. Francis College and The Walt Whitman Project sponsor a reception and free Brooklyn Height’s walking tour to celebrate the 198th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth. Walk in the steps of Brooklyn’s greatest poet and explore locations significant to Whitman’s life as you listen to readings of his poetry and prose. This tour includes stops at the sites of:

  • the Rome Brothers Print Shop (where Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” was first printed in 1855)
  • the Brooklyn Eagle (where the author was editor in the mid-1840s)
  • Fulton Ferry (inspiration for Whitman’s great poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry)
  • and more!

The tour begins at St. Francis College in the Callahan Center (first floor) located at 180 Remsen Street between Court and Clinton Streets in Brooklyn Heights.
5:30-6 reception with light refreshments
6-8 walking tour of Whitman’s Brooklyn Heights

Greg Trupiano, artistic administrator of The Walt Whitman Project, is the tour guide. Lon Black reads Whitman’s words. Tenor Bernard Holcomb performs songs set to the poetry of Whitman: composer Paula Kimper’s “Song of Myself #1” (world premiere) and “The Wallabout Martyrs” by Gilda Lyons.

In case of rain, a virtual tour will take place indoors at St. Francis College (Callahan Center).


This is a FREE event but limited to 30 participants. Please reserve your spots for this tour.
Call: 347-513-0255 / email:

dca logoThis event is presented in association with:
The Fort Green Park Conservancy
American Opera Projects through funds supplied by the New York City Department of Cultural affairs.


As One


June 2-4, 2017
Presented by New Orleans Opera
Marigny Opera House
725 St. Ferdinand Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

“As One is the hottest title in opera right now...written in the last 100 years." - Denver Post

"As One forces you to think, simultaneously challenging preconceptions and inspiring empathy." —The New York Times

“A piece that haunts and challenges its audience with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion and the human desire for self-love and peace.”
—Opera News

Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed

New 2017 productions from Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Colorado, Long Beach Opera, New Orleans Opera, San Diego Opera, and Lyric Opera Kansas City!

In As One, a mezzo-soprano and a baritone depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between herself and the outside world. As One traces Hannah's experiences from her youth in a small town to her college years on the West Coast, and finally to Norway where she is surprised at what she learns about herself.

As One was commissioned, developed, and premiered by American Opera Projects at BAM Fisher Center in Brooklyn, NY in September, 2014, and has already been performed by nine different opera companies throughout the United States and beyond.




June 3-11, 2017
Signature Theatre
The Village at Shirlington
4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206

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.

Developed in AOP's First Chance and Composers & the Voice programs.


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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

“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

With the American Modern Ensemble

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


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Part of the second annual New York Opera Festival, presented by the NY Opera Alliance this May and June. 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.



Wednesday, May 3 | 8:00 PM
McDavid Studio at Bass Performance Hall
301 E 5th St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Based on the short story “A Souvenir of Hell” by Etgar Keret, A Taste of Damnation, by C&V alums composer Avner Finberg (pictured) and librettist Edward Einhorn, follows a woman who works in a convenience store at damnation’s doorstep, who falls in love with a man on a one-day furlough from Hell. He leaves, but her obsession for him remains. Her father, also condemned, sacrifices himself to reunite them, but when she sees her lover again, she faces a terrible choice. Originally developed in Composers & the Voice.

Excerpts of A Taste of Damnation is one of eight selected works that will be presented by Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers new works showcase. The 20-minute excerpts, sung by artists from the 2017 Fort Worth Opera Festival with piano accompaniment, will be offered in two separate showcases of four works each on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:00pm – 10:00pm and Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:00pm – 10:00pm.

TICKETS: Tickets for the showcases are $10, and can be ordered by calling FWOpera’s Customer Service team at 817.731.0726.



Tuesday, May 16 | 9:30 PM
The Duplex Cabaret Theatre
61 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014

Countertenor Jordan Rutter (Three Way, Legendary) joins conductor Jennifer Peterson (Composers & the Voice) in performing composer William Bolcom and poet Arnold Weinstein's 24 Cabaret Songs in their entirety. The twenty-four Cabaret Songs were composed between 1963 and 1996 in four volumes. Rutter and Peterson perform them as a complete set, inviting the audience to explore the magic of everyday life depicted in Bolcom and Weinstein's universe of vignettes, spanning continents, causes, parties, relationships, philosophy, insomnia, death, and dozens of musical styles. Presented by operamission.

TICKETS: $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

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