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LEGENDARY
Music by Joseph N. Rubinstein
Libretto by Jason Kim
About the Work Creators Video/Audio Gallery Press Performances

ABOUT THE WORK

1985. New York City. Famed drag performer Dee Legendary embarks on a passionate love affair with Officer John, whose fascination with Dee takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. Inspired by a true story, Legendary is an opera about double lives and destructive desires set in the glory days of New York City’s underground drag culture.

Initial development in Composers & the Voice (2013-14)

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ABOUT THE CREATORS

JOSEPH N. RUBINSTEIN
(composer)
Joseph N. Rubinstein grew up in Newport News, VA and currently lives in New York City. Joseph’s music is particularly concerned with dramatic narrative and storytelling, and he is interested in creating vivid musical characterizations and striking juxtapositions. He studied at The Juilliard School (MM) and Columbia University (BA), and has worked with composers including Robert Beaser, Tarik O'Regan, Sebastian Currier, and Joseph Dubiel. Recent and upcoming performances include a workshop performance with American Opera Projects’ “Six Scenes,” the premiere of new work for flute and harp commissioned by the Urbana Arts Council, and “A Man Said to the Universe” for choir and tape at Holy Cross College. Additional performances in the 2013-2014 season have included those by The Secret Opera, North / South Consonance, and at the Spoleto Festival, USA. In 2014, Joseph’s song cycle “Casting Off” was a finalist in the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s competition for new song cycles. Joseph is also active as a tenor, and sings with C4 - the Choral Composer / Conductor Collective.

seidelJASON KIM
(librettist)
Jason Kim is a Korean-born dramatist based in Brooklyn. Opera: An American Man (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Opera), Legendary (American Opera Projects), A Year of Madness (American Opera Projects), and Seeking You (Spoleto Festival). Plays: New America (Naked Angels), Stuck (Serials at the Flea Theater), A Modern Feeling (New School for Drama), History of a Marriage (Gowanus Art + Production), Co-op (Naked Radio), and an upcoming K-Pop Project with Ars Nova, Ma-Yi Theater, and the Woodshed Collective. Film: Auto (LineXLine Productions), A Wednesday (Downtown Short Film Festival). Television: Girls (HBO) and Gracepoint (Fox). IFP—Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film, Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, Mark Campbell Chair Librettist Fellow in American Opera Project’s Composers & The Voice Program. Member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab. MFA New School for Drama, BA Columbia University. www.waytooserious.com
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VIDEO/AUDIO

 
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PRESS

COMING SOON

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AOP PERFORMANCES

March 19, 2017
Staged reading of scenes from opera
Presented by AOP First Chance
South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY
MUSIC DIRECTION: Charity Wicks
PERFORMANCES BY: Jordan Rutter, Jorell Williams
Q&A Moderated by Matt Gray

March 21, 2015
Staged reading of scenes from opera
Manhattan School of Music - The William R. and Irene D. Miller Recital Hall
Part of New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage
MUSIC DIRECTION: Scott Rednour
STAGE DIRECTION: Knud Adams
PERFORMANCES BY: Kyle Guglielmo, Kalianthie Anastasiou, Jordan Rutter, Alaysha Fox
Q&A Moderated by Mark Campbell

March 15, 2015
Staged reading of scenes from opera
Manhattan School of Music - Greenfield Hall
Part of New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage
MUSIC DIRECTION: Scott Rednour
STAGE DIRECTION: Knud Adams
PERFORMANCES BY: Kyle Guglielmo, Kalianthie Anastasiou, Jordan Rutter, Alaysha Fox
Q&A Moderated by Midge Woolsey

September 18, 2014
Willoughby Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
Concert reading of scene from opera
Part of Performing the Streets series - In partnership with the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
MUSIC DIRECTION: Yan Li
PERFORMANCES BY: Kristin Sampson, Jorell Williams

September 12 & 14, 2014
South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Concert reading of scene from opera
Part of Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes 2014
MUSIC DIRECTION: Mila Henry
PERFORMANCES BY: Kristin Sampson, Jorell Williams

OTHER PERFORMANCES

May 5, 2016
Kimbell Art Museum’s Kahn Auditorium, Fort Worth, TX
Presented by Fort Worth Opera Frontiers. 20-minute excerpt, sung by artists from the 2016 Fort Worth Opera Festival with piano accompaniment.

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