AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS PRESENTS “SIX SCENES” OF NEW OPERAS BY EMERGING COMPOSERS AND LIBRETTISTS
MUSIC FROM THE 2013-14
SEASON OF COMPOSERS & THE VOICE
A Stonewall-era drag queen and the cop entranced by her. A princess manipulates her captor during the Crusades. A man's literal vacation from Hell. On Friday, September 12 and Sunday, September 14 at 7:30 PM, AOP (American Opera Projects) will present these and other excerpts of new operas at COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES 2014, the culmination of this season's Composers & the Voice (C&V) opera training program. Audiences will see scenes by five emerging composers - Guy Barash, Avner Finberg, Jeremy Gill, Andreia Pinto-Correia, Gity Razaz - and one composer/librettist team, Joseph Rubinstein and Jason Kim, who were chosen by AOP to spend a year creating new works focusing on the operatic voice. The performances will be held at South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, home of AOP. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students/seniors and are available at www.operaprojects.org.
AOP Resident Ensemble of Singers performing: sopranos Deborah Lifton (Center for Contemporary Opera, Encompass New Opera Theatre) and Kristin Sampson (Dicapo Opera Theatre, Santa Fe Opera), mezzo Blythe Gaissert (Los Angeles Opera, Aspen Music Festival), tenor Dominic Armstrong (New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago), baritone Jorell Williams (Caramoor International Music Festival, Opera Theatre of St. Louis), and bass-baritone Matthew Burns (Boston Lyric Opera, New York City Opera). Supporting on piano will be Composers & the Voice Music Directors Mila Henry, Kelly Horsted, and Charity Wicks.
The performances will be hosted by C&V Artistic Director Steven Osgood (conductor, Chautauqua Opera, New York City Opera) and feature discussions with the artists about the creative process.
This year's C&V fellows have benefitted from one-on-one mentoring from esteemed composers Daron Hagen, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, John Musto, Tobias Picker, and Stephen Schwartz, as well as librettist Mark Campbell. Each of these distinguished artists reviews their fellows' work, offers feedback, and participates in C&V discussions.
Previous Six Scenes by C&V alumni produced in the Brooklyn-based bi-annual series featured the first performances of Jack Perla's Love/Hate (World Premiere 2012, San Francisco) and Gregory Spears' Paul's Case (World Premiere Spring 2013, in Washington, DC and New York).
ABOUT COMPOSERS & THE VOICE
Created and led by Artistic Director Steven Osgood, Composers & the Voice began in 2002 and is currently in its seventh season. In Composers & the Voice, fellows establish an understanding of how the operatic voice works and how to write optimally for each voice type, and have hands-on experiences that allow them to explore in their own musical and textual language. Participants meet in closed sessions from September to April to present and discuss new works composed specifically for the individual voices of the Resident Ensemble.
With each new group of fellows, sponsorships are named in honor of mentors and their support of Composers & the Voice. During the workshop session these “Composer Chairs" make themselves available to our fellows for one-on-one discussions and feedback. Past “Composer Chairs” have included composers Mark Adamo, John Corigliano, Tan Dun, Daron Hagen, Lee Hoiby, John Musto, Richard Peaslee, Tobias Picker, Kaija Saariaho, and Stephen Schwartz.
Composers & the Voice holds a long-established partnership with The Manhattan School of Music, and a new affiliation with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, as a way of introducing contemporary opera to students. Two of the scenes featured in September's Six Scenes concert will be selected for study and performance in 2015 at the two conservatories.
Composers & the Voice is made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Fellows in the C&V program are supported by funding from The New York Community Trust, Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, and Musical Arts Fund. In the 2013-2014 season, The Victor Herbert Foundation has announced the sponsorship of one fellowship as The Victor Herbert Foundation Composers & The Voice Chair. The Chair is created in memory of longtime opera supporter Lois C. Schwartz.
C&V Fellows (l. to r.) Jason Kim, Joseph Rubinstein, Jeremy Gill, Gity Razaz, Andreia Pinto-Correia, Guy Barash, and Avner Finberg. Photo by Ted Gorodetzky. Additional photos: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjGVwRYe
CALENDAR LISTING INFORMATION
AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS presents
Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes 2014
World Premiere Opera Scenes from the 2013-14 Season of Composers & the Voice
WORKS BY: Guy Barash, Avner Finberg, Jeremy Gill, Andreia Pinto-Correia, Gity Razaz, Joseph Rubinstein and Jason Kim
MUSIC DIRECTION: Mila Henry, Kelly Horsted, Charity Wicks
PERFORMANCES BY: Deborah Lifton, Kristin Sampson, Blythe Gaissert, Dominic Armstrong, Jorell Williams, Matthew Burns
Friday, September 12 and Sunday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.
South Oxford Space
138 S. Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, Q, B to Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center
D, N, R to Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street; C to Lafayette Avenue
Train: Long Island Railroad to Atlantic Terminal – Barclays Center
Bus: B25, B26, B45, B52, B63, all stop within three blocks of South Oxford Space
Car: Commercial parking lots are located adjacent to BAM and Barclays Center
Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 Students/Seniors
Tickets available at www.operaprojects.org
Complete information about Composers & the Voice and this year’s artists can be found at www.operaprojects.org/composers_voice.htm
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
At the forefront of the contemporary opera movement for a quarter-century, AOP creates, develops and presents opera and music theatre projects collaborating with young, rising and established artists in the field. AOP has produced over 20 world premieres including Nkeiru Okoye's Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom, Lera Auerbach's The Blind, a co-production with Lincoln Center Festival 2013. Other notable premieres include Kimper/Persons' Patience & Sarah (1998), Stefan Weisman's Darkling (2006), Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking (2008), and Phil Kline's Out Cold (2012) at BAM. AOP-developed projects with premiere with collaborating companies: Gregory Spears's Paul's Case at Urban Arias (2013) and PROTOTYPE Festival (Jan 2014), Kamran Ince's Judgment of Midas at Milwaukee Opera Theatre (2013), Jack Perla's Love/Hate at ODC Theater with San Francisco Opera (2012), Stephen Schwartz's Séance on a Wet Afternoon at New York City Opera (2011), Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness at London's Royal Opera House (2011), Jorge Martín's Before Night Falls at Fort Worth Opera (2010), Lee Hoiby's This Is the Rill Speaking at Opera Memphis (2013) and Purchase College (2008). Upcoming: As One at BAM, September 2014.
ADDITIONAL PROJECT INFO AND PRESS MATERIALS AVAILABLE AT: www.operaprojects.org