NOVEMBER 29-30, 2017 - AOP FIRST CHANCE: WOLF-IN-SKINS
DECEMBER 2, 2017 - BROOKLYN CULTURAL DISTRICT WALKING tour
JANUARY 10-20, 2018 - THE ECHO DRIFT - PROTOTYPE FESTIVAL, WORLD PREMIERE
JANUARY 11-16, 2018 - "AS ONE" - HAWAII OPERA THEATRE
JANUARY 27-28, 2018 - "AS ONE" - LYRIC OPERA KANSAS CITY
FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018 - "AS ONE" - ANCHORAGE OPERA
FEBRUARY 9-11, 2018 - SIX.TWENTY.OUTRAGEOUS. - SYMPHONY SPACE, WORLD PREMIERE
FEBRUARY 17-25, 2018 - ASHES & SNOW - PITTSBURGH OPERA, WORLD PREMIERE
MAY 19-20, 2018 - COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: FIRST GLIMPSE CONCERT OF SONGS
November 29 & 30 | 7:30 PM
SEI Innovation Studio at The Kimmel Center
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia PA 19102
AOP FIRST CHANCE INFORMANCE
Philadelphia Dance Projects in partnership with American Opera Projects will present an “Informance” with choreographer Christopher Williams and composer Gregory Spears as the culmination of a creative artist residency to further develop their original dance opera, Wolf-in-Skins. An “Informance” is a work-in-progress showing, where the artists are in conversation with the audience about the content of the work, their ideas and inspiration. Dancers, singers and musicians will perform sections from the work.
Kings, foundlings, wolves, hounds, fay milkmaids and other mythical characters fill this dance opera that draws inspiration from a cycle of Welsh romance tales that preserve pre-Celtic and pre-Christian elements. It views marginalized or outmoded cultural relics, celebrating the “otherness” inherent in early Welsh literature, through a contemporary lens.
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Marcus DeLoach, baritone
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo
Nina Berman, soprano
Owen McIntosh, countertenor
with New Vintage Baroque
Musical Director: Lindsay McIntosh
Presented by Philadelphia Dance Projects in partnership with AOP.
Run time: 60 minutes, plus reception
Wolf-in-Skins is currently in development in American Opera Projects’ “First Chance” and “Dance Opera Initiative” programs, supported by funding through the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and in partnership with Philadelphia Dance Projects, supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, the William Penn Foundation and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.
Additional development of Wolf-in-Skins has been supported in part by funds from the 92nd Street Y New Works in Dance Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, and the O’Donnell-Green Music & Dance Foundation and provided through residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, One Arm Red, Dance New Amsterdam, the Joyce SoHo as part of a Rockefeller Dance-Theater Planning Residency, and at Watermill - a laboratory for performance.
Photo by Andrew Jordan
BROOKLYN CULTURAL DISTRICT WALKING TOUR
December 2 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Rockwell Place Community Garden
104 Rockwell Place, (Lafayette and Flatbush)
A Free Walking Tour of the Brooklyn Cultural District featuring "Pop-Up Opera" by AOP
Join The Brooklyn Cultural District Walking Tour to learn how the concentration of venues and people that make up the Brooklyn Cultural District is shifting the cultural landscape of the borough and the city, while discovering the surprising historical core: a flourishing Fulton Street arts center, of more than a century ago. The 120-minute tour will stroll through the gorgeous brownstone-dotted streets of Fort Greene, past both spontaneous and commissioned street art, to see where more than a dozen spaces and locations have already made the Brooklyn Cultural District a major arts destination for performances of every type, large and small. Adding to the Brooklyn cultural experience, "pop-up operas" -- live performances of specially selected arias -- by AOP, accompany the tour.
Long-time resident of the neighborhood, Dr. Ron Janoff, a licensed tour guide, a professor of Classics, and the Coordinator of the Rockwell Place Community Garden, will guide the tour. Other tour leaders are Charles Jarden, General Director of AOP and neighborhood resident, and local opera singer Nicole Mitchell (pictured).
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The two-hour tour meets at 11 a.m. at the Rockwell Place Community Garden in Fort Greene, 104 Rockwell Place, (Lafayette and Flatbush) across from the electronic BAM sign.
The tours are FREE, but space is limited and advance registration is required. For registration and more information about the tours, visit http://bit.ly/FABTour or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-398-4024.
The Brooklyn Cultural District Walking Tour is co-sponsored by AOP and FAB Alliance.
||This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the NewYork City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and NY State Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley; District 57.
THE ECHO DRIFT - WORLD PREMIERE
January 10, 12 – 13, 18 – 20 | 7:30 PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave., New York, NY (Entry on 25th St.)
"Mikael Karlsson’s original score peaked the senses and ran a whole gamut of expression… My only reservation about the music was that there wasn’t more of it..." — Sarah Batschelet, Backtrack
WORLD PREMIERE: PROTOTYPE FESTIVAL 2018
Convicted murderer Walker Loats is trapped in a timeless prison. Unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, Walker must choose between paying her dues or taking a shortcut that offers to rig the game in her favor. Oscillating between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of animation, The Echo Drift unravels a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction, and fantastical perception. Featuring a live chamber ensemble, electronics, and a six-channel surround sound system, this world premiere opera explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli and questions, when in extreme circumstances, is it possible to act in a way that goes against one’s nature?
Music by Mikael Karlsson
Libretto by Elle Kunnos de Voss & Kathryn Walat
Directed by Mallory Catlett
Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison
Environment Design by Elle Kunnos de Voss
Projection Design by Simon Harding
Animations by Dara Hamidi (with drawings by Elle Kunnos de Voss)
Orchestration by Mikael Karlsson & Michael P. Atkinson
With the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Pianist Aaron Likness
Walker Loats - Blythe Gaissert
Governor & The Moth - John Kelly
Co-presented by Baruch Performing Arts Center
Show run time: 70 minutes
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The Echo Drift was commissioned, developed and produced by Beth Morrison Projects, HERE, and American Opera Projects.
January 11-16, 2018
Hawaii Opera Theatre
Aloha Tower Pier 10 Cruise Ship Terminal, Honolulu, HI 96813
INFO and TICKETS
January 27-28, 2018
Lyric Opera Kansas City
Michael and Ginger Frost Production Arts Building, KCMO 64108
INFO and TICKETS
February 9-11, 2018
621 W 6th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
INFO and TICKETS
“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.”
Music and Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
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.
SIX. TWENTY. OUTRAGEOUS.
February 9-10 | 7:30 PM
February 11 | 2:00 PM
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025-6990
SIX. TWENTY. OUTRAGEOUS.
THREE GERTRUDE STEIN PLAYS IN THE SHAPE OF AN OPERA
When an oddball couple, their sassy housekeeper, a sewing machine, and a deranged radio all start singing, Gertrude Stein’s playful language is transformed into the ecstatic and uncannily beautiful new opera from composer Daniel Thomas Davis, librettist Adam Frank, and director- designer Doug Fitch. From a shopping expedition that turns into an erotic adventure to a presidential election party that goes prophetically and horribly wrong, Stein’s genius for upending convention is made startlingly relevant to our own cultural and political moment.
Ariadne Greif, soprano
Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo
Andrew Fuchs, tenor
with the Momenta String Quartet
Musical Director: David Bloom
Run time: 90 minutes
Join the cast and creators of the new opera SIX. TWENTY. OUTRAGEOUS. at an exclusive afterparty with specialty drinks and hearty hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate our inaugural partnership production with Symphony Space.
Sunday, February 11
2pm - VIP seating at the closing matinee performance
4pm - Cast party @ home on the Upper West Side near Symphony Space, TBA with your RSVP.
The World Premiere of Six. Twenty. Outrageous. will be presented by Symphony Space as part of their Fuse Project for new works, in partnership with American Opera Projects and presented with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
The AOP 2017-18 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.
November 18, 19, 25, & 26, 2017 | 3:00 PM
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Catholic Academy of Brooklyn
5902 Sixth Avenue (between 59th and 60th Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Regina Opera presents the classic La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. Based on the play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils. Conducted by Gregory Ortega; staged by Linda Lehr.
Performed in Italian with English supertitles.
Starring AOP artist and Board Member Sarah Moulton Faux (Nov. 19 & 25) as Violetta.
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