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LGBT Opera, Then and Now

  • Hermitage North @ New College of Florida, Soo Bong Chat Auditorium, Heiser Natural Science Building 550 College Drive Sarasota, FL, 34243 United States (map)

The Hermitage Artist Retreat presents a discussion with composer Joseph N. Rubinstein and dramatist Jason Kim, who will address the cultural relationship between gay-male life and opera.

While gay men have long been associated with classic opera fandom, there have rarely been gay relationships explicitly portrayed in operas themselves until recent years. Rubinstein and Kim will talk about some recent gay-themed work, and include a discussion of Legendary, the opera they're collaborating on at the Hermitage in a partnership with AOP. Legendary is set in the uptown New York City drag scene of the 1980s. The opera has been developed in AOP’s First Chance development program and Composers & the Voice training program.

"This winter, the Hermitage hosts three composing teams from the Metropolitan Opera and American Opera Projects," says Patricia Caswell, co-founder and program director. "They are busy at work in their studios, so we're grateful to Joseph and Jason for taking a few hours to share their work and its context with us in Sarasota."

Award-winning creators of all artistic disciplines are invited to live and work at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood. During their residencies, they share their talents with the community. Hermitage North @ New College is the most recent iteration of this outreach. This free series encompasses artist talks and readings, glimpses of the creation of works-in-progress, and live performances of music, theater, poetry and more.

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