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VERA
Music by Matthew Barnson
Libretto by Mark Sonnenblick
About the Work Creators Video/Audio Gallery Press Performances

ABOUT THE WORK

In an empty corner of the cosmos, a small government spacecraft hurtles towards the farside colony of Muriana. It transports Caroline, future ambassador to the colony, her husband Gregory, and their daughter Vera. A faulty communication transmitter, however, has forced Gregory to restart the System—the onboard computer that tends to their every need. Probably everything will be fine.

The opera is currently composed of twelve scenes for 3 singers. It will be scored for a strings (8-12 players), percussion (1-2 players), and electronics. The vocal writing is lyrical and expressive while the instrumental writing will belong alongside Barnson’s best works for strings, like his String Quartet No.2 or The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying where the music juxtaposes noise and pure tone to create an exciting language that is at once viscerally expressive and dramatically structured, using pulsing rhythmic energy to create music that veers between extremes of fragility and violence.

Initial development in Composers & the Voice (2015-16)

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ABOUT THE CREATORS

BarnsonMATTHEW BARNSON
(composer)
Matthew Barnson is the composer of numerous works for orchestras, choirs, string quartets, voices, chamber ensembles, dancers, and computers. An assistant professor of composition at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he has received fellowships, commissions, and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kennedy Center, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Royal Academy of Music, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, ISCM World Music Days, MATA, Wigmore Hall, Aspen, the San Francisco War Memorial and other venues throughout the United States and Europe. His album of string quartets, Sibyl Tones, was released on Tzadik in 2014. He lives in New York. www.matthewbarnson.com

seidelMARK SONNENBLICK
(librettist)
Mark Sonnenblick is a composer, lyricist, and scriptwriter, although not always at the same time. Collaborations include Midnight at The Never Get (NYMF, Bistro Award), Ship Show (Yale Institute for Music Theatre), Independents ("Best Production" FringeNYC), Stompcat in Lawndale (Ars Nova), Wheel of Misfortune (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Dragons Love Tacos (TheatreworksUSA), Rodman in North Korea (Houghton Lyric Theater), and Bunkerville (Yale DRAMAT, winner of the BSU Discovery Festival). He's received fellowships from The Dramatists Guild, American Opera Projects, and The John Duffy Institute (Virginia Arts Festival), as well as commissions from the American Opera Initiative (Washington National Opera) and Lincoln Center Originals. He lives in Brooklyn with no pets of any kind.
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VIDEO/AUDIO

Vera (Final Scene) - Barnson/Sonnenblick from American Opera Projects on Vimeo.

 
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PHOTO GALLERY

COMING SOON

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PRESS

COMING SOON

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AOP PERFORMANCES

March 12, 17 and 19, 2017
Staged reading of scenes from opera
Presented by AOP First Chance and the Manhattan School of Music
Manhattan School of Music - Greenfield Hall (March 12 and 17)
South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY (March 19)
Part of New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage (March 12)
MUSIC DIRECTION: Scott Rednour
STAGE DIRECTION: Anne Shikany
PERFORMANCES BY: Abigail Shapiro, Marshall Morrow, Yesul Yeon, Sara Mikulski
Q&A Moderated by Midge Woolsey

September 30 and October 2, 2016
Concert reading of scene from opera
Part of Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes 2016
South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY (Sep 30)
National Opera Center, NYC (Oct. 2)
MUSIC DIRECTION: Kelly Horsted
PERFORMANCES BY: Jennifer Goode Cooper, Jonathan Woody, Tookah Sapper

OTHER PERFORMANCES

 

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