The NYU Opera Lab is a collaboration between Brooklyn contemporary opera producer American Opera Projects and The NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program's "Advanced Opera Lab" in which emerging opera writers compose works based on an historic New York City location over several months of workshops with professional opera singers.

Founded and led by GMTWP Associate Arts Professor Randall Eng and Film and Theatre Design Associate Arts Professor Sam Helfrich, The Opera Lab was started in 2015 and is open to both students and alumni from NYU Tisch. The operas are designed by Tisch students from the Design Department, choreographed by students from the Dance Department, and directed by students from The New School's College of Performing Arts.

AOP's training programs are supported in part through a multi-year grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and OPERA America’s Innovation Grant funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

The Stonewall Operas - Spring 2019

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, four world premiere 30-minute operas examine the impact of this historic turning point in LGBTQ equality.
Composers: Bryan Blaskie, Brian Cavanagh-Strong, Kevin Cummines, TJ Rubin
Librettists: Ben Bonnema, Seth Christenfeld, Shoshana Greenberg, Deepali Gupta
Singers: Errin Duane Brooks, Brandon Coleman, Sara Couden, Amy Justman, Kathryn Krasovec, Jordan Rutter, Hans Tashjian, Clayton Williams
Music Direction: Kelly Horsted and Jillian Zack


The Dinner Party Operas - Spring 2018

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The International House Operas - spring 2017

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The Fort Greene Park Operas - spring 2016

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