AOP First Chance January 10 & 12, 2011. Judgment of Midas, music by Kamran Ince, libretto by Miriam Seidel. Concert reading of the opera-in-progress, featuring pre-performance lecture by Omar Faruk Tekbelik. Singers: Jason Papowitz, Lynn Trepel Caglar, Greg Gerbrandt, Mikhail Svetlov, Philip Horst, Matthew Morgan, Hannah Fuerst, Heather Meyer, Melissa Collom, Margaret O’Connell, Brandon Snook, Adam Cromer, Matthew Yohn, Nathan Baer; Music Director: J. David Jackson; Pianist/Coach: Mila Henry; Instrumentalist, Omar Faruk Tekbilek. Jan 10 - South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY; Jan 12 - Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, New York, NY. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
AOP First Chance February 5, 2011. Nora, In the Great Outdoors, music by Daniel Felsenfeld, libretto by Will Eno. Workshop of AOP-commissioned monodrama and talkback with the creators. Singer: Caroline Worra; Pianist/Coach: Mila Henry. South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY.
AOP On The Road March 6, 2011. Séance on a Wet Afternoon, by Stephen Schwartz. AOP presents excerpts from AOP-developed opera. Singers: Ann Hoyt, Thomas Wazelle; Piano: Scott Rednour. Panel discussion with Carol deGriere & Charles Jarden. Co-presented by AOP and by Princeton Friends of Opera, Princeton, NJ.
AOP First Chance March 13, 2011. Henry’s Wife by Randall Eng. Staged workshop of Act 2 of the opera-in-development. Part of Page to Stage 2011, featuring talkback with artists moderated by WQXR’s Midge Woolsey. Singers: Thomas Wazelle, Nicholas Connolly, Allyson Herman, Meghan Picerno; Music Director: Scott Dunn; Pianist/Coach: Scott Rednour, Mila Henry; Director: David Herskovits. American Opera Projects in collaboration with Opera Index and Manhattan School of Music. Greenfield Hall MSM, New York, NY.
AOP First Chance March 20, 2011. Henry’s Wife, by Randall Eng, and Eichmann in Jerusalem, music by Mohammed Fairouz, libretto by David Shapiro. Henry’s Wife - Singers: Thomas Wazelle, Nicholas Connolly, Allyson Herman, Meghan Picerno. Music Director: Scott Dunn. Pianist/Coach: Scott Rednour, Mila Henry. Director: David Herskovits; Eichmann - Singer: Ross Benoliel. Music Director: Jody Schum. Instrumentalists: String Quartet from Juilliard, with Michael Katz; Scott Rednour, Mila Henry. South Oxford Space, Brooklyn. With funding from Ted Shen Family Foundation.
AOP First Chance March 25, 2011. Semmelweis, music by Raymond Lustig, libretto by Matt Gray and Matthew Doherty. Concert reading of scenes with Grand Rounds presentation by Dr. Sherwin Nuland. Singers: Jeffery Tucker; Maeve Hoglund; Music Director: Mila Henry. McGinn Center, Staten Island University Hospital Education Center. AOP in collaboration with the Staten Island University Hospital with funding from the Sloan Foundation Science and Technology Project.
Opera Grows in Brooklyn / AOP First Chance March 27, 2011. Opera Grows in Brooklyn: Ladies’ Night a collection of operatic works from contemporary female composers. Featuring: Patience & Sarah, music by Paula Kimper, libretto by Wende Persons. Scenes from the AOP-commissioned opera. Singers: Adrienne Danrich, Rosalie Sullivan, Brandon Snook. Music Direction: Kelly Horsted. Stage Direction: Erin Stoneking. Miranda, by Kamala Sankaram. Excerpts from the new multi-media simgspiel. Performances by Kamala Sankaram, Drew Fleming, Pat Muchmore, Hubert Chen, Ed Rosenberg, Jeff Hudgins, and Amanda Villalobos. Prairie Dogs, music by Rachel Peters, libretto by Royce Vavrek. Scenes from the opera-in-development. AOP in collaboration with Opera On Tap. Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY.
Walt Whitman in Song April 13, 2011. Walt Whitman: 1861, Opening of the Secession War. The Walt Whitman Project and Hudson Guild in association with AOP present new compositions including AOP-commissioned “1861” (Nkeiru Okoye) text by Walt Whitman. Singers: Nicole Mitchell, mezzo; Brandon Snook, tenor. Hudson Guild, New York, NY. With funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
AOP NY Premiere April 19 - May 1, 2011. Séance on a Wet Afternoon, by Stephen Schwartz. NYC premiere at New York City Opera of AOP-developed opera. Starring Lauren Flanigan and Kim Josephson. Conductor: Steven Osgood and George Mahanan. Directed by Scott Schwartz. New York City Opera, David H. Koch Theater, NYC.
AOP World Premiere/First Chance May 9 & 12, 2011. , music by Daniel Felsenfeld, libretto by Will Eno [WORLD PREMIERE] and excerpts from AOP-commissioned and developed Nora, In the Great OutdoorsThe Wanton Sublime, music by Tarik O’Regan, libretto by Anna Rabinowitz. Singers: Caroline Worra, Amy Shoremount-Obra, Instrumentalists: Mila Henry, piano, Joshua Modney, cello, Rose Bellini, Violin. May 9 - The Players Club, Gramercy Square South, NYC; May 12 - South Oxford Space, 138 S. Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY. With funding from the Peter J. Sharp Foundation.
AOP On the Road May 21, 2011. Brahms, Barber and John Adams, featuring the aria “Batter My Heart” from Dr. Atomic. Singers: Kyle Pfortmiller. Rehearsal Pianist: Mila Henry. The String Orchestra of Brooklyn in association with AOP. St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn, NY.
AOP On the Road May 25, 2011. Evenings with Extraordinary Artists: A Birthday Salute to Walt Whitman featuring AOP composers. Singers: Adrienne Danrich, Nicole Mitchell. Instrumentalists: Thomas Bagwell, piano. The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, D.C. The Walt Whitman Project and Hudson Guild in association with AOP.
AOP NewsJune 7, 2011. Romulus, music and libretto by Louis Karchin is released on CD by Naxos American. The studio recording features the singers from the AOP-produced 2007 World Premiere Katrina Thurman, Steven Ebel, Patrick Meglioranza, and Wilbur Pauley. Conductor: Louis Karchin. Instrumentalists: The Washington Square Ensemble.
Opera Grows in Brooklyn / AOP First ChanceJune 12, 2011. Opera Grows in Brooklyn: Opera of Color a collection of operatic works from contemporary African Americans. Featuring: Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom, music by Nkeiru Okoye. Excerpts from the opera-in-progress. Singer: Jasmine Muhammad. Conductor: Eli Spindel. Instrumentalists: Jennifer Axelson, Molly Fletcher, Brian Thompson, Alice Hamlet, Morton Cahn, and Mila Henry. Directed by Beth Greenberg. An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance, excerpts from the new live stage-documentary. Songs by Margaret Bonds, John Musto, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Drew Hemenger [NY PREMIERE] based on poetry of Langston Hughes. Commissioned and sung by Adrienne Danrich. With bass-baritone Isaac Grier. Piano: Mila Henry. Give and Take, chamber work by David N. Baker. Poems by Terence Diggory; Commissioned by Edith Diggory. Singer: Malesha Jessie. Conductor: Christian McLeer. Instrumentalists: Kate Spingarn, Alissa Smith, Patricia Blackman, Katie Scheele, Russell Greenberg. Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY. In partnership with Opera On Tap and Galapagos Art Space.
AOP On the Road June 20, 2011. Free concert for local schoolchildren, hosted by Angeli Rasbury. Featuring I Hear America Singing: "Brooklyn Cinderella" [WORLD PREMIERE] - Music by Nkeiru Okoye, Text by young Brooklyn poets. Performances by Adrienne Danrich, Nicole Mitchell. Also featuring "Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom" by Nkeiru Okoye. Dweck Auditorium, Main Branch Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY. In collaboration with The Walt Whitman Project.
AOP Community Outreach/I Hear America Singing/World PremiereTuesday, June 21, 2011. The Voice of Brooklyn - free concert of Contemporary Opera and Song in the heart of Fort Greene Park. Part of the 2011 Make Music NY festival. Featuring I Hear America Singing - Music by Nkeiru Okoye ("Brooklyn Cinderella" [WORLD PREMIERE]) and Gilda Lyons. Text by young Brooklyn poets. Performances by Adrienne Danrich, Nicole Mitchell. Also featuring "Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom" by Nkeiru Okoye and "Ephemera" [WORLD PREMIERE], music by Paula Kimper, text by Wade Savitt. Additional Music by Ricky Ian Gordon, Matt Frey, The South Oxford Six, Matt Van Brink, Caitlin Smith, Rebecca Pellett, Rachel Peters. Performances by Jasmine Muhammad, Grant Clarke, Mellissa Hughes, Eleanor Taylor, Jenny Greene, Jocelyne O'Toole, Joelle Lurie, Heather Meyer, Matthew Yohn and Katie Smith. Instrumentalists: Matt Van Brink, Jessie Marino, Caroline Shaw, Mike Rose, Matt Van Brink, Scott Ethier, Kelly Horsted, Mila Henry, Jennifer Axelson, Molly Fletcher, Alice Hamlet, Morton CahnFort Greene Park, Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, Brooklyn, NY. In partnership with The Walt Whitman Project, Sing For Hope, and Make Music NY.
AOP First Chance July 23-24, 2011. The Family Room, music by Thomas Pasatieri, libretto by Daphne Malfitano. Staged workshop of opera-in-development. Singers: Lauren Flanigan, Catherine Malfitano; Stage Director: Scott Schwartz; Piano: Chris Cooley. The Berlind Theater, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton, NJ. In partnership with Opera New Jersey.
AOP First Chance September 8, 2011. The Lost Lais of Albion. Music by Gregory Spears, libretto direction, and choreography by Christopher Williams. Private workshop of excerpts from choreographic-opera-in-development. Singers: Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Nina Berman, Ryland Angel, Drew Santini, Matt Boehler. Dancers: Steven Zarzecki, Jordan Morley, Samuel Wentz, Kira Blazek, Dylan Crossman, Jordan Isadore. Douglas Dunn Studios, New York, NY.
AOP Community Outreach September 11th, 2011. A 9/11 Community Concert. Featuring AOP presentation of Ascending Descending (excerpts) and Echo’s Song, music by Martin Hennessy, libretto by Janet Kaplan. Part of Irondale Ensemble Theatre’s community concert to remember those who volunteered and in memory of those lost to the events of September 11. Performances by Marnie Breckenridge, Sara Heaton. Piano: Martin Hennessy. Irondale Center, Brooklyn, NY. In partnership with Irondale Ensemble Theatre.
AOP Composers & the Voice September 12, 2011. AOP begins its first session of the 2011-12 season of Composers & the Voice. Our new composers and composer/librettist teams begin working with the company’s Resident Ensemble of Singers and Artistic Team. Singers: AOP Resident Ensemble. Artistic Director: Steven Osgood, Music Directors: Kelly Horsted, Jeanne-MinetteCilliers, Mila Henry. South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY.
Opera Grows in Brooklyn September 18, 2011. “Opera Grows in BOOKlyn” - music based on the works of contemporary Brooklyn authors. Guest curated and hosted by composer and author Daniel Felsenfeld. Featured texts by: Rick Moody, Arthur Philips, Lou Reed, Fiona Maazel, Donna Di Novelli, Matt Gray, Janet Kaplan, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Dave Wondrich, Lloyd Schwartz, Susanna Speier, Mark Statman, and Royce Vavrek. Compositions by: David Lang, Mohammad Fairouz, Martin Hennessy, Raymond J. Lustig, Gilda Lyons, Rachel Peters, Matt Marks, One Ring Zero, Paola Prestini, Dennis Tobenski, Stefan Weisman, and Daniel Felsenfeld. Singers: Marnie Breckenridge, Sara Heaton, Lynsey Buckelew, Anne Hiatt, Emily Langford Lohnson, Amy Shoremount-Obra, Pamela Stein, Dennis Tobenski, Jorell Williams, Laura Stelman, Jeffrey Tucker, Jessica Rauch, David Schmidt, Kamala Sankaram, and David Adam Moore. Guest interview with author and critic Robert Levine. Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY. In partnership with Opera On Tap and Galapagos Art Space, in association with the Brooklyn Book Fair.
AOP On the Road October 1, 2011. In the Penal Colony, chamber opera composed by Phillip Glass with a libretto by Rudolph Wurlitzer, based on the novel by Franz Kafka. Singers: Jason Papowitz, Matt Boehler. Music Director: Eli Spindel. Stage Director: Sam Helfrich. St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn, NY. In partnership with The String Orchestra of Brooklyn. READ REVIEWS
AOP World Premiere October 2, 2011. Model Love, with Nora, In the Great Outdoors. World premiere chamber rock opera and monodrama. Model Love: music by J. David Jackson, based on poems by Henry Normal. Singers: Rosalie Sullivan, Gregory Gerbrandt, Jeremy Little. Music Director: J. David Jackson. Stage Director: Crystal Manich; Instrumentalists: Nicole Camacho, Janelle Reichman, Sara Schoenbeck, Josh Modney, Victor Lowrie, Rose Bellini, Eleanor Oppenheim, Stacey Shames, Taylor Levine, Linda Oh, Levy Lorenzo; Nora: music by Daniel Felsenfeld, libretto by Will Eno. Singers: Kirsten Chambers. Instrumentalists: Rose Bellini, Mila Henry, and Josh Modney. Music Director: Keith Chambers. Stage Director: Mary Birnbaum. The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Samuel B. & David Rose Building, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY.
AOP NewsNovember 1, 2011. Darkling, music by Stefan Weisman, libretto by Anna Rabinowitz, is released on CD by Albany Records. The studio recording features singers Hai-Ting Chinn, Jon Garrison, Mark Uhlemann, and Maeve Höglund. Spoken voices: Adam Belvo, David S. Cohen, Emily Coffin, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Edward Furs, Roger Grunwald, Denice Kondik, Eva Vidavska Kumar, Carol Monda, Mick O’Brien, Patrick Porter, Karen Sternberg, Asher Suss, Hollis Witherspoon, Mark Uhlemann, Perri Yaniv. Music Director: Brian DeMaris. Spoken Word Director: Matt Gray. Instrumentalists: Tom Chiu, Philip Payton, Kenji Bunch, Raman Ramakrishnan. Funding from Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program. READ REVIEWS
AOP World Premiere November 1-5, 2011. Heart of Darkness, music by Tarik O’Regan, libretto by Tom Phillips, based on the novel by Joseph Conrad. World premiere AOP-developed opera at the Royal Opera House in London. Singers: Alan Oke, Morten Lassenius Kramp, Gwen-Ann Jeffers. Music Director: Oliver Gooch. Stage Director: Edward Dick. Presented by AOP, Opera East Production and ROH2. READ REVIEWS
AOP First Chance November 10, 2011. Wolf-in-Skins (formerly The Lost Lais of Albion). Music by Gregory Spears, libretto direction, and choreography by Christopher Williams. Workshop of excerpts from choreographic-opera-in-development. Part of OPERA America’s New Works Forum. Singers: Drew Santini, Evan Hughes, Nina Berman, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, & Ryland Angel. Dancers: Caitlin Scranton, Joanna Kotze, Storme Sundberg, Steven Zarzecki, Jordan Morley, Edward Rice, Aaron McGloin, & Raja Kelly. Lang Recital Hall, Hunter College, New York, NY. In partnership with OPERA America.
AOP First Chance November 16, 2011. Numinous City, music by Pete M. Wyer. Staged workshop of opera-in-development, featuring panel discussion with the composer and Ngawang Sangdrol, moderated by John Schaefer. Performances by: Sara Heaton, Jessica Miller-Rauch, Michael Krzankowski, Joshua Bouchard, Samantha Britt, Lynsey Buckelew, Matthew Curran, Erin Kemp, Michelle Kennedy, Molly Mustonen, Doug Purcell, Caleb Stokes, Erica Moon, . Music Director: Mark Shapiro. Stage Director: Matt Gray. Piano: Jeanne Minette-Cilliers. In partnership with the Rubin Museum of Art, in association with the International Campaign for Tibet. READ REVIEWS
AOP On the Road November 22, 2011. Darkling CD Release Party, music by Stefan Weisman, libretto by Anna Rabinowitz, is released on CD by Albany Records. Performances by Hai-Ting Chinn, Mark Uhlemann, and Maeve Höglund. Music Director: Brian DeMaris. Drom, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY. Funding from Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program.
AOP I Hear America Singing December 10, 2011. Songs from the A Train, music by Gilda Lyons with texts by young Brooklyn poets. Part of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Holiday Party. Singer: Jorell Williams. Music Director: Mila Henry. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Holiday Party, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn, NY. In collaboration with The Walt Whitman Project.
AOP Helping Hands December 18, 2010. ‘Til Morning Concert of classical works. Singers: Caleb Stokes, Amanda Villegas. Instrumentalists: ZODIAC ensemble. South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY.
AOP I Hear America Singing December 28, 2011. Songs from the A Train, music by Gilda Lyons with texts by young Brooklyn poets. Part of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Kwanzaa Celebration. Singer: Jorell Williams. Music Director: Mila Henry. Dweck Auditorium, Main Branch Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY. In collaboration with The Walt Whitman Project.