AOP Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 20: OPERA IN BED-STUY with Nicole joy mitchell


MARCH 2019

September 14-23 - HATUEY: Memory of Fire
SEPTEMBER 27 - OPERA America Creators in Concert: Laura Kaminsky



Saturday, September 15 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Fort Greene
Brooklyn, NY 11205

A Free Walking Tour of Fort Greene featuring "Pop-Up Opera" by AOP

On the 3rd Saturday from May-October, take a guided walking tour through the historic Wallabout neighborhood north of Myrtle Avenue. The 90 minute guided tour begins in Fort Greene Park, includes a 1.5-mile walk, and concludes at 99 Ryerson Street. Free tours presented in collaboration with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, American Opera Projects and The Walt Whitman Project.

The neighborhood - listed on the National Register of Historic Places - has a beautiful mix of pre-Civil War homes and late 19th-century industrial buildings. The walk will discuss how the neighborhood has developed since the Dutch arrived in the early 1600’s and highlight notable residents.

Meet at the Visitor Center at 11:00 a.m.

The tours are FREE, but space is limited and advance registration is required.

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dca logo This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and NY State Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley; District 57.


Nicole Mitchell

OPERA in BED-STUY with Nicole Joy Mitchell

Thursday, September 20 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Brooklyn Public Library Macon Branch
361 Lewis Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233

Join us for an unforgettable one-hour evening performance of Opera in Bed-Stuy. This original presentation features popular AOP vocalist Nicole Joy Mitchell (Harriet Tubman, The Dinner Party Operas), contralto, and Christopher Cooley, pianist. Born, raised, and a current resident of Bed-Stuy, Nicole will sing, talk, and answer your questions about her career in opera and music. Among her musical selections will be songs by Haydn, Schubert, and Verdi, and Songs from the F Train by composer Gilda Lyons (Composers & the Voice) based on the poetry of three Brooklyn girls. Guest appearance by baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco performing a new setting of Walt Whitman’s “Beat! Beat! Drums!” by composer Matt Browne, one of this year's Composers & the Voice fellows.

Presented by American Opera Projects, The Walt Whitman Project and the Brooklyn Public Library.

Light refreshments will be served following the performance.


dca logo This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council and NY State Assemblymember Walter T. Mosley; District 57.




September 28 & 29, 2018 | 7:30pm
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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 Rachel Peters' "Companionship" (Fort Worth Opera), Daniel Sonenberg's "The Summer King" (Pittsburgh Opera and Michigan Opera Theater), Gregory Spears' "Paul's Case" (UrbanArias and Prototype Festival), Robert Paterson's "Three Way" (Nashville Opera and AOP), and Jack Perla's "Love/Hate" (ODC/San Francisco Opera).

Six Scenes 2018

Scenes by composers Matthew Browne, Scott Ordway, Frances Pollock, Pamela Stein Lynde, Amber Vistein, and Alex Weiser and librettists Laura Barati, Kim Davies, and Sokunthary Svay.

six scenes singers

Performances by opera singers Jennifer Goode Cooper, Blake Friedman, Blythe Gaissert, Tookah Sapper, Mario Diaz-Moresco, and Adrian Rosas. Special appearance by Timothy McCown Reynolds.

Music Directors:Mila Henry and Kelly Horsted
C&V Artistic Director: Steven Osgood
Scenes directors: Mary Birnbaum and Matt Gray

Dark Exhalation (By Amber Vistein)
“Dark Exhalation” is a meditative, experimental piece exploring our very human tendency to attach cosmic significance to the personal connections we forge. A woman in a nameless city conflates the turmoil of an impending Summer storm with the emotional unrest of her departed lover in this resonant contemporary opera.

Spring (Score by Scott Ordway; Libretto by Meryem Belkaid)
“Spring” takes a frank, empathic close-up view of the moments, mentalities and malaise immediately before and after a revolution overthrows a dictatorial regime. Four personified winds leave politics to the background as they paint intimate portraits of the people who endure these volatile times.

Better Than It Sounds (By Matt Browne)
A comedic assessment of the value of opera as an artform, “Better Than It Sounds” is an absurd, yet articulate debate on the importance of song. When Samuel Clemens is outraged by an operatic interpretation of “Tom Sawyer”; composers and actors, William and Emma must go to the heart of the artform to convince him that he should allow them to produce their show.

The Interaction Effect (Score by Pamela Stein Lynde; Libretto by Laura Barati)
Mikaela, a statistics major at a liberal arts college, just wants to forget the night her friend Adam raped her—instead, she is forced to contend with the aftermath of her community and school administration's painful mishandling of her assault. “The Interaction Effect” boldly exposes the weaknesses in a justice system governed by institutionalized misogyny.

Salt (Score by Frances Pollock; Libretto by Emily Roller & Frances Pollock)
A contemporary adaptation of the tale of Sodom and Gamora, “Salt” explores the escalating tension between urban and rural communities. When Lot and his two daughters flee their home after a terrorist attack, they must contend with the notion that their flight could lead to further persecution at the hands of a different kind of fundamentalism.

State of the Jews (Score by Alex Weiser; Libretto by Ben Kaplan)
How much must one sacrifice to change the world? “State of the Jews” is a non-linear historical drama chronicling the struggle of Austro-Hungarian writer Theodore Herzl to campaign for the establishment of a Jewish homeland, and the breakdown of his marriage as a result of his slavish dedication to his cause.

$10 - Early Bird (before Sep 14)
$20 - General Admission

Composers & the Voice is made possible in part by generous awards from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Victor Herbert Foundation.

savage winter


November 7-10, 2018 | 7:30pm
BAM Fisher, Fishman Space
321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Part of the 2018 BAM Next Wave Festival
Presented by American Opera Projects and Pittsburgh Opera
Music by Douglas J. Cuomo
Directed by Jonathan Moore

Holed up in a cheap desert motel room, amid empty pizza boxes and beer cans, a man comes spectacularly unglued. In this fiercely contemporary reimagining of Wilhelm Müller’s poetry cycle Winterreise—most famously set by Schubert— composer Douglas J. Cuomo and director Jonathan Moore transform Müller’s lovelorn winter wanderer into a demon-haunted Everyman. The “radiant, communicative tenor” (Opera News) Tony Boutté assumes the existential mantle, giving a searing, intense performance as a man desperate for atonement, while electric guitar, trumpet (Frank London), keyboards, and electronics—infused with acid jazz and a punk energy—narrate his delirious fever dream. More info

Set design by Brandon McNeel
Video design by Joseph Seamans
Lighting design by Cindy Limauro

General Admission: $25




March 28-30, 2019 | 7:30pm
March 31, 2019 | 2:00pm
Z Space
450 Florida Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

A new chamber opera
Music by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Based on an original concept by Mark Campbell
Projection Design by Kimberly Reed
Production design concept by Brian Staufenbiel
Commissioned, developed and produced by Opera Parallèle and American Opera Projects

Today It Rains is a new chamber opera inspired by a real event in the life of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. On the rainy morning of April 29, 1929, O’Keeffe boarded a train in New York with fellow artist Rebecca Strand, leaving behind her tumultuous marriage with Alfred Stieglitz and yearning for escape and creative fulfillment. Three days later, she arrived for the first time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, inspired by the power of the area’s landscape and ready for new artistic experience. The 90-minute work that imagines this life event will be performed by a cast of eight singers and an instrumental ensemble of eleven, and will feature a sophisticated projection design, including ‘film arias’ created by Kimberly Reed and Brian Staufenbiel. While taking its inspiration from this singular artist’s journey, the story will resonate with anyone who seeks creative freedom and is transformed by the beauty of Nature. Today It Rains is a courageous woman’s story and an independent artist’s story. It is also a uniquely American story.

Blythe Gaissert (mezzo-soprano) as Georgia O’Keeffe
Daniel Belcher (baritone) as Alfred Stieglitz
Nathan Granner (tenor) as Aubrey
Marnie Breckenridge (soprano) as Beck
Maya Kherani (soprano) as Ensemble
Kindra Scharich (mezzo-soprano) as Ensemble
Elliot Paige (tenor) as Ensemble
Gabriel Preisser (bass) as Ensemble



Co-commissioned by Opera Parallèle and American Opera Projects. The score has been commissioned by Opera Parallèle in part through the OPERA America Opera Grants for Female Composers program, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. The libretto has been commissioned by AOP with support from the New York State Council of the Arts. The production of Today It Rains received funding from OPERA America's Opera Fund. By arrangement with Bill Holab Music.

The AOP 2018-19 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.


HATUEY: Memory of Fire

September 14-23, 2018
Alexander Kasser Theater
1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043

Music by Frank London (Savage Winter)
Libretto by Elise Thornton
Directed by Mary Birnbaum (Composers & the Voice, As One)

HATUEY: Memory of Fire is a soaring Cuban-Yiddish opera, a love story set in a Havana nightclub in 1931. Oscar, a young Jewish writer who escaped the pogroms in the Ukraine to make a new home in Cuba, falls in love with Tinima, a beautiful singer and passionate revolutionary of Taino descent. As Oscar pens an epic poem about Cuba’s legendary 16th century freedom fighter, Hatuey, Tinima draws him into her fight against the corrupt Machado regime. This vibrant fusion of Afro-Cuban and Yiddish music and culture is also a powerful celebration of freedom performed in English, Yiddish, and Spanish with English supertitles.. More info

Featuring Jorell Williams (Composers & the Voice, Independence Eve)

HATUEY: Memory of Fire is a Music-Theatre Group production, produced in association with Peak Performances @ Montclair State University.

General Admission: $30



OPERA America Creators in Concert: Laura Kaminsky

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 7:00pm
The National Opera Center
330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th Street)
New York, NY 10001

Acclaimed composers talk about their creative processes and present highlights from their latest vocal works.

Laura Kaminsky, hailed as “one of the top 35 female composers in classical music” by The Washington Post, frequently addresses issues such as sustainability, war and human rights in her work. With co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, she created As One — the most widely produced contemporary opera in the U.S. and Canada during the 2017–2018 season — as well as Some Light Emerges, premiered by Houston Grand Opera in 2017, and the forthcoming Today It Rains, a co-commission of Opera Parallèle and American Opera Projects to premiere in 2019. Kaminsky is head of composition at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase and has served as the composer-in-residence at American Opera Projects.

Featuring performances by Sarah Moulton Faux, soprano; Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano; Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano; Jorell Williams, baritone; and Mila Henry, piano.

All events will be streamed live at and archived for later viewing on our YouTube channel.

Attendees are invited to a casual reception following each event.

$10 for members
$25 for non-members





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