AOP Upcoming Events

MAY 2018
MAY 23: THE DINNER PARTY - NYU/AOP Student Operas - NYU TISCH BLACK BOX THEATER
MAY 27: THE DINNER PARTY - NYU/AOP Student Operas - BROOKLYN MUSEUM

MAY 28: AS ONE - OPERA ON THE AVALON
MAY 31: WALT WHITMAN WALKING TOUR

June 2018
MAY 28-JUNE 5: AS ONE - OPERA ON THE AVALON
JUNE 10: BROOKLYN CULTURAL DISTRICT WALKING tour

July 2018
JULY 25-30: AS ONE - CINCINNATI OPERA

August 2018
AUGUST 7: AS ONE - CHAUTAUQUA OPERA

OTHER EVENTS
MAY 11-19: RHYMES WITH OPERA: RUMPLESTILTSKIN
MAY 17: InsightALT: Opera in Eden

MAY 18: VOICES OF WOMEN ALBUM RELEASE


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THE DINNER PARTY OPERAS

Wednesday, May 23 | 7:30 PM - Program A
Black Box Theatre, NYU Tisch
715 Broadway, 2nd Floor. NY 10003
DIRECTIONS

Sunday, May 27 | 2:00 PM - Program B
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
DIRECTIONS

Short operas inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party
A collaboration between NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, American Opera Projects, and the Brooklyn Museum

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AOP, the Brooklyn Museum, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts co-present eleven new mini-operas (each under fifteen minutes) created by students in the NYU/Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program’s Opera Lab and performed by professional opera singers with piano accompaniment. The new operas are inspired by Judy Chicago’s iconic feminist installation The Dinner Party, a multi-media work housed in the Brooklyn Museum. The pharaoh Hatshepsut, the medieval nun, composer, scientist, and prophetess Hildegard von Bingen, and writer Emily Dickinson are just three of the famous women who serve as muses for the operas.

May 23 – PROGRAM A at NYU
Composers: Bryan Blaskie, Benedict Braxton-Smith, Jonathan Fadner, Jacinth Greywoode, Kent Jeong-Eun Kim, and Spencer Robelen
Librettists: Zack Childers, Seth Christenfeld, Christine Claudel Filimonova, Deepali Gupta, Scott R. Ritter, and Nick Stephens
Singers: Kathryn Krasovec, Yoojin Lee, Jordan Rutter, and Nathaniel Sullivan
Piano / Music Director: Mila Henry
Stage Directors: Diane Machin, Pauls Macs, and India Marie Paul
Set Designers: Ethan Brown and Zoe Hurwitz
Lighting Designers: Michael Cunnningham, Bailey Rosa, and Rachel Fae Szymanski

May 27 – PROGRAM B AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM
Composers: Kevin Cummines, Benji Goldsmith, Boram Han, Minhui Lee, and Mehmet Salih Yildirim
Librettists: Seth Christenfeld, Lily Dwoskin, Benji Goldsmith, Clara Luthas, and Cal Silberstein
Singers: Keith Browning, Alexa Jarvis, Nicole Mitchell, and Amelia Watkins
Piano / Music Director: James Lowe
Stage Director: Luke Leonard

Randall Eng – Opera Lab Director
Sam Helfrich – Project Director, NYU/Tisch Graduate Department of Design for Stage and Film

In the NYU/Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program’s Advanced Opera Lab, created in partnership with Brooklyn’s American Opera Projects, students write, develop, and design original operas performed by professional opera singers.

May 23: To reserve tickets to the NYU performance, email tisch.ipa@nyu.edu
May 27: Tickets are free with Museum general admission (purchase tickets for David Bowie is separately). MORE INFO

AOP's participation made possible through a multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an OPERA America Innovation Grant, funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, and 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.

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As One

AS ONE

May 28-June 5, 2018
Opera on the Avalon
Tour of Newfoundland, Canada
INFO and TICKETS

July 25-30, 2018
Cincinnati Opera
Music Hall, Wilks Studio, Cincinnati, OH 45202
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.”
—Opera News

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. www.asoneopera.com

As One was commissioned, developed, and premiered by American Opera Projects at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in September, 2014, and has since become the most performed opera in the US and Canada written in the 21st century.

 


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WALT WHITMAN'S BROOKLYN HEIGHTS WALKING TOUR

Thursday, May 31 | 6:00 PM
St. Francis College, Callahan Center
180 Remsen Street between Court and Clinton Streets
Brooklyn, NY

Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn Heights, a free walking tour featuring "Pop-Up Opera" by AOP

St. Francis College and The Walt Whitman Project sponsor a reception and free Brooklyn Height’s walking tour to celebrate the 199th 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:
- Brooklyn Borough Hall
- 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)
- and more.

Greg Trupiano, artistic administrator of The Walt Whitman Project, is the tour guide. Lon Black reads Whitman’s words. An opera singer provided by American Opera Projects and The Fort Green Park Conservancy sings the music inspired by Whitman.


On Thursday, May 31, 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.
5:30-6pm: reception with light refreshments
6-8pm: walking tour of Whitman’s Brooklyn Heights

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

TICKETS:
The tours are FREE, but space is limited and advance registration is required.
Please reserve your spots for this tour.

email: whitmanpro@aol.com / Call: 347-513-0255

Presented by St. Francis College and The Walt Whitman Project in association with The Fort Greene Park Conservancy and American Opera Projects.
THANK YOU to Professor Ian Maloney and the staff of St. Francis College for supporting this event.

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dca logo 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.

 


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BROOKLYN CULTURAL DISTRICT WALKING TOUR

Sunday, June 10 | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
BAM Plaza (Lafayette and Flatbush)
Brooklyn, NY

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).

Download tour map

The two-hour tour meets at 11 a.m. at the BAM Plaza in Fort Greene (Lafayette and Flatbush) next to the electronic BAM sign.

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

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fab logo The Brooklyn Cultural District Walking Tour is co-sponsored by AOP and FAB Alliance.
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.

 

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.


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RUMPELSTILTSKIN - World Premiere

May 11-12, 18-19, 2018 | 8:00 PM
124 Bank Street Theatre
124 Bank St, New York, NY

Music by Ruby Fulton and George Lam
Libretto by John Clum
Based on the Rumpelstiltskin fable

To celebrate our 10th Anniversary of creating and producing brand-new chamber operas, Rhymes With Opera chose one of the oldest fairy tales in western culture. The story of Rumpelstiltskin, collected by the Brothers Grimm, dates as far back as the 17th century. In our Rumpelstiltskin, insatiable greed, bargaining, magic, unconditional love of a child, and a sense of home were themes that we spun into music in this modern take on a very old story. The title character is a fantastical creature who grapples between the two sides of their personality, and is reflected in the creative process of the opera - a collaborative work with music by RWO co-artistic directors Ruby Fulton and George Lam, and an original libretto by John Clum.

Cast:
Timothy Stoddard
Robert Maril
Bonnie Lander
Elisabeth Halliday

COMPLETE INFO AND TICKETS:
VIP Ticket: $50 (for May 11 and May 18 only) includes pre-show reception with the artists and preferred seating.
General Admission: $20 (for all performances)

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InsightALT: Opera in Eden

Thursday, May 17 | 7:30 PM
Merkin Concert Hall - Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street, NYC

American Lyric Theater celebrates the 10th Anniversary of its nationally acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program this season with OPERA IN EDEN, a one-night-only concert featuring three new one-act operas written by ALT Resident Artists, hosted by composer/librettist Mark Adamo and producing artistic director Lawrence Edelson.

SHUYING LI / LILA PALMER - Bloodlines
LILIYA UGAY / LORENE CARY - The Gospel According to Nana
ANDY TEIRSTEIN / JULIAN CROUCH - The Tree of Eternal Youth

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Featured Artists
Summer Hassan, soprano
Maya Lahyani, mezzo-soprano
Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano
David Margulis, tenor
Brian James Myer, baritone
John Tibbetts, baritone
Ryan Kuster, bass-baritone
Gloria Kim, music director/pianist

COMPLETE INFO AND TICKETS:
Tickets are $25
Friends of AOP receive discounted tickets: $12
Discount code: ALTFriend

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VOICES OF WOMEN: FROM UNKNOWN TO RENOWNED

Friday, May 18, 2018 | 8:00 PM
The Cell, 338 West 23rd Street
New York, NY

Album Release & Celebration!
In celebration of their upcoming album, soprano Heather Fetrow and pianist Mila Henry collaborate on a unique program of songs by women composers and songs about women, bringing to the fore the vast social change the world is undergoing with respect to women in our society.

Through speech and song, Heather and Mila will explain how each piece addresses this theme from a different point of view, while artwork by Katy Fetrow will enhance the audience’s experience of these thematic and musical shifts. The concert features the World Premiere of “Still” by innovative “Visionary-in-Chief” (Time Out NY) composer Paola Prestini (with text by librettist Mark Campbell)— in which Heather will be joined by her sister Rebecca Obert— as well as two solo piano works, “Light” by Iranian composer Gity Razaz (Composers & the Voice) and an excerpt from “Nine Short Piano Pieces” by serialist composer (and Ms. Henry’s grandmother-in-law) Virginia Seay.

Followed by an album release party open to all audience members, this concert is for the age of the woman and about the age in which we live. Join us for an evening of GIRL POWER! More info

COMPLETE INFO AND TICKETS:
General Admission: $20
Discount code for Friends of AOP: VOICES5 for $5 off

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LA TRAVIATA

May 18-27, 2018
The Riverside Theater
91 Claremont Avenue between West 120th & 122nd Street
New York, NY 10027

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 (May 20 & 27) as Violetta.

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