AOP Receives Accolades for a Month of New Music

Romulus AOP, "known for bringing cutting-edge vocal productions to the masses," (New York magazine) recently finished up an especially busy and rich run of performances, receiving wide praise from audiences and New York press. In May, a total of nine composers' works were showcased at major venues in front of eager audiences. Besides, a "best date under $50" recommendation for Composers & the Voice, Time Out NY also praised AOP's preview of the touring version of Darkling at New York City Opera's VOX festival as "dark [and] absorbing." The New York Times' review of Wall-to-Wall Opera at Symphony Space made special mention of Tarik O'Regan's opera-in-development at AOP, Heart of Darkness, calling it '"a dense, dreamlike chamber opera heavily tinged with exoticism, like 'Death in Venice' on steroids." And the "appealingly lyrical" (The New Yorker) music of Louis Karchin's opera Romulus (pictured above), staged at the Guggenheim Museum, prompted Steve Smith at The New York Times to conclude, "I would have happily stayed to hear it performed again."