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IN DEVELOPMENT

legendary

Composed by joseph rubinstein

libretto by jason kim

legendary

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.

Composer Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim’s is a stylish and flamboyant, intimate and daring, lyrical chamber opera fused with 1980s dance music, jazz and pop influences. 


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Joseph N. Rubinstein  is a composer whose work focuses on vocal genres. His music has been presented by Fort Worth Opera Festival, The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, American Opera Projects, The Holy Cross Chamber Singers, The Secret Opera, bass-baritone Matthew Burns at Spoleto Festival USA, Boston Metro Opera, and C4, among others. Upcoming and recent premieres include “Life’s Work” with the Cheah-Chan Duo, and a workshop presentation of “Oh California” with the Pacific Chorale’s 2019 “Choral Sketches” program. Joseph and librettist Jason Kim are the recipients of a 2017 Opera Genesis Fellowship from American Opera Projects and The Hermitage Artist Colony for further development of “Legendary.” Works by Joseph are available from See-A-Dot publishing, and “How She Went to Ireland” has been recorded by the C4 Ensemble. He is an alumnus of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio and AOP’s Composers & the Voice, and holds degrees from Columbia and Juilliard.

Joseph N. Rubinstein is a composer whose work focuses on vocal genres. His music has been presented by Fort Worth Opera Festival, The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, American Opera Projects, The Holy Cross Chamber Singers, The Secret Opera, bass-baritone Matthew Burns at Spoleto Festival USA, Boston Metro Opera, and C4, among others. Upcoming and recent premieres include “Life’s Work” with the Cheah-Chan Duo, and a workshop presentation of “Oh California” with the Pacific Chorale’s 2019 “Choral Sketches” program. Joseph and librettist Jason Kim are the recipients of a 2017 Opera Genesis Fellowship from American Opera Projects and The Hermitage Artist Colony for further development of “Legendary.” Works by Joseph are available from See-A-Dot publishing, and “How She Went to Ireland” has been recorded by the C4 Ensemble. He is an alumnus of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio and AOP’s Composers & the Voice, and holds degrees from Columbia and Juilliard.

Jason Kim  is a Korean-born dramatist. Jason is currently a Producer on BARRY for HBO. He was recently a Producer on COLLEGE for Amazon, LOVE for Netflix, and an Executive Story Editor on GIRLS for HBO. He is developing THE MIDDLESTEINS for Showtime, and producing the UNTITLED KID FURY PROJECT for HBO. His play THE MODEL AMERICAN opened the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2017. His musical KPOP premiered last year at Ars Nova Theater in New York and won the Richard Rogers Award and Lucille Lortel Award. His plays and librettos have been presented at Ma-Yi Theater, Naked Angels, The Flea, Washington National Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera America, and others. He is an IFP—Marcie Bloom Fellow in Film, a Screenwriters Colony Fellow, a Soros Fellow for New Americans, an Opera Genesis Fellow, and an almunus of American Opera Project’s Composers & The Voice. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Ars Nova Uncharted. He is currently LCT 3’s Resident Writer. BA Columbia, MFA New School.

Jason Kim is a Korean-born dramatist. Jason is currently a Producer on BARRY for HBO. He was recently a Producer on COLLEGE for Amazon, LOVE for Netflix, and an Executive Story Editor on GIRLS for HBO. He is developing THE MIDDLESTEINS for Showtime, and producing the UNTITLED KID FURY PROJECT for HBO. His play THE MODEL AMERICAN opened the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2017. His musical KPOP premiered last year at Ars Nova Theater in New York and won the Richard Rogers Award and Lucille Lortel Award. His plays and librettos have been presented at Ma-Yi Theater, Naked Angels, The Flea, Washington National Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Opera America, and others. He is an IFP—Marcie Bloom Fellow in Film, a Screenwriters Colony Fellow, a Soros Fellow for New Americans, an Opera Genesis Fellow, and an almunus of American Opera Project’s Composers & The Voice. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Ars Nova Uncharted. He is currently LCT 3’s Resident Writer. BA Columbia, MFA New School.

 

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Duration 85' / no intermission

Commission Legendary is currently in development with American Opera Projects. It has received development workshops and support from AOP’s Composers & the Voice program, Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers Showcase, and The Hermitage Artist Retreat.

Premiere TBD

Roles 5 singers (1 countertenor, 2 tenor, 1 baritone, 1 bass / baritone)

Instrumentation violin, viola, cello, keyboard(s), acoustic / electric bass, 2 percussion (drums / percussion)

Publisher Staged performances of this work require licensing through the creators.

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