FORT GREENE WALKING TOURS
August 12 & 19 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
September 16 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
October 21 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fort Greene Park- Visitor Center map
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
AOP, The Walt Whitman Project, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, and Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, partner to present two free walking tours of Fort Greene Park and its environs on Saturday mornings throughout 2017. All tours are 90 minutes long and begin at 11:00 AM at the Fort Greene Park Visitors Center, top of hill.
Walt Whitman Walking Tour of Fort Greene Park
Take a walk with Whitman scholar Greg Trupiano and learn more about history of Fort Greene Park from its Revolutionary War roots to becoming an official park with the urging of local resident Walt Whitman.
May 13: with live music performed by soprano Adrienne Danrich
May 31: with live music performed by tenor Bernard Holscom
June 10: with live music performed by soprano Adrienne Danrich
July 8: with live music performed by tenor Bernard Holscom
August 12: with live music performed by tenor Bernard Holscom and readings from poet Angelia Rasbury and her student, Ardelle Stowe.
Wallabout Historic Walking Tour
The walk will discuss how the historic Wallabout neighborhood north of Myrtle Avenue has developed since the Dutch first arrived in the early 1600’s and highlight notable residents and landmarks. The 90 minute guided tour by Ron Janoff begins in Fort Greene Park, includes a 1.3 mile walk, and concludes at 99 Ryerson Street.
May 20: with live music performed by contralto Nicole Mitchell
June 17: with live music performed by contralto Nicole Mitchell
July 15: with live music performed by soprano Adrienne Danrich
August 19: with live music performed by soprano Adrienne Danrich
Sept 16: with live music performed by contralto Nicole Mitchell
Oct 21: with live music performed by contralto Nicole Mitchell
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Free with registration. To register visit:
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.
October 6 | 8:00 PM
The Great Room - South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
AOP FIRST CHANCE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
Join AOP for a music reading of excerpts from the new opera Gulliver’s Travels, a “mythological burlesque” based on the Jonathan Swift novel, by composer Victoria Bond and librettist Stephen Greco. Greco, Bond and Dramaturg Doug Fitch will discuss the work and their plans for the full production in 2019 with the Gulf Coast Symphony. Andrew Kurtz, Music Director of the symphony will conduct the one-hour workshop performance. A reception follows.
Appropriate for family audiences in the tradition of Hansel and Gretel, the opera is a journey of the imagination, where the world isn’t limited to what you see or what you know. Gulliver travels to four strange and exotic countries: Lilliput, a miniature land where Gulliver is a giant; Brobdingnag, a land of giants, where Gulliver is miniature; Laputa, the floating city of intellectual pursuits; and the land of the Houyhnhnms, where horses are evolved and humans are primitive “Yahoos.” Gulliver’s adventures and observations of the follies and vices of man form the basis of the opera, blending satire, humor and drama. Told through music and animated objects, the opera is for the adult in every child.
Co-presented by Gulf Coast Symphony
Run time: 60 minutes, plus reception
$10 advance online; $15 at the door (cash only)
Commissioned by American Opera Projects through the Opera Grants for Female Composers program, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Development by Gulf Coast Symphony and AOP, with additional support provided by Weltone New Music, Inc..
November 10-12, 2017
Presented by San Diego Opera
Joan B Kroc Theatre
6611 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
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November 17-19, 2017
Des Moines Metro Opera
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“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
New 2017 productions from Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Colorado, Long Beach Opera, New Orleans Opera, and San Diego Opera!
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.
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.
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.
CABARET FESTIVAL: INSIDE THE UNDERGROUND
August 8 | 8:30 PM
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia Street
New York, NY
Shelley Farmer and Jordan Rutter sing songs and arias by composer Joe Rubinstein (Legendary, Composers & the Voice) at Inside the Underground, a collection of new music spanning theater, art song, and opera led by New York City performers, composers, and writers. Featuring performances by Jen Anaya, Shelly Farmer, Dusty Francis, Tracy Michailidis, Abby Mosconi, and Sabina Petra singing the music of composers and writers including Julia Barry, Jami Brandli, Jessica Dickey, Matt Frey, Sojourner Hodges, Stuart McMeans, Cori Thomas, and Melisa Tien; with Michael Gildin, piano. MORE INFO
Doors open @ 8:00; there will be a brief intermission.
Entry is $20 (with a $10 credit toward your purchase of food or beverage) - cash only!
Reservations highly recommended! Call 212-989-9319.