AOP Upcoming Events

MAY 2, 2014 - Two sides sounding presents "AOP25: living composers, living new york"
MAY 6, 2014 - AOP'S "I HEAR AMERICA SINGING" at the 5x10 talks
May 8, 2014 - The summer king at portland ovations
May 12, 2014 - AOP 25TH anniversary gala honoring stephen schwartz
MAY 18 & 19, 2014 - C&V First Glimpse




Friday, May 2 | 8:00PM
The Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn

In celebration of American Opera Projects' 25th Anniversary, new music ensemble Two Sides Sounding presents AOP25: Living Composers, Living New York a concert of music on the joys and woes of life in the city by AOP-championed composers.

Music by Sidney Boquiren, Daron Hagen, Ray Lustig, Gilda Lyons, Rachel Peters, Peter Wyer
plus a sneak peek from Bruce Bailey, a new "urban cantata" by Daniel Felsenfeld & Daniel Neer, commissioned by Two Sides Sounding.

Eleanor Taylor, soprano
Brandon Snook, tenor
Daniel Neer, baritone
Jorell Williams, baritone
Mila Henry, piano
Ted Gorodetzky, director and multimedia composition

Tickets: $20

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(A limited number of $10 tickets for students/seniors/artists will be available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.)

This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. In Kings County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.




Tuesday, May 6 | 7:30PM
BRIC Arts | Media House
647 Fulton Street

Part of AOP's I Hear America Singing community outreach program, composer Gilda Lyons, singers Adrienne Danrich and Nicole Mitchell, and pianist Mila Henry represent the sounds of Brooklyn to the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership's 5 x 10 Talks - five Downtown Brooklyn leaders who will have ten minutes to answer the question, “What’s Next?”

Speakers will include Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot; Brett Yormark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center; Deborah Schwartz, President of the Brooklyn Historical Society; Katherine Isbister, Director of the NYU Game Innovation Lab; and Ralph McDaniels, Founder of Video Music Box. Also featuring a performance from Soul Science featuring Chen Lo and Asante’ Amin, presented by 651 Arts and presentation of an award honoring outgoing Downtown Brooklyn Partnership board chairman, Alan Fishman, for his service to the community.

Made possible by support from Popular Community Bank, BRIC, Building on Bond, and Brooklyn Brewery. I Hear America Singing is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Tickets: $50
Early bird tickets (by April 15): $25
Proceeds go toward supporting the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership's free community events.

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Summer King Portland Ovations



Thursday, May 8 | 7:30PM
Merrill Auditorium
20 Myrtle Street
Portland ME 04101

A Portland Ovations’ commission and world premiere, The Summer King is a new American opera by Maine –based composer Daniel Sonenberg, who co-wrote the libretto with poet Daniel Nester. Presented in concert form, The Summer King considers the legacy of Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson. A hulking catcher, Gibson’s prodigious talent with a bat earned him the moniker “the black Babe Ruth,” and secured him a spot as the second Negro League ballplayer ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The opera portrays the injustice Gibson suffered at the hands of baseball’s “Gentlemen’s Agreement” and also the thriving culture, characterized by black-owned teams, stadiums and taverns, nightlife and humor. The opera was developed by AOP as part of its First Chance and Composers & the Voice programs.

Presented in collaboration with the USM School of Music and American Opera Projects.

Tickets: $42 / $35
Members: $38 / $32
Student Deal: $10

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NOTE: Member and Student Deal tickets are not available online. To purchase these tickets, call PortTIX at 207.842.0800 or visit the PortTIX Box Office at Merrill Auditorium.


Summer King Portland Ovations



Monday, May 12 | 6:30PM
The Players
16 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

AOP hosts its 25th Anniversary Gala honoring Stephen Schwartz, composer and lyricist of Wicked, Pippin, and Godspell as well as the AOP-developed opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon that premiered at Opera Santa Barbara and ran at NYCO for ten performances in their 2010-11 Season. The evening, titled "Opera Sings Broadway Sings Opera," brings together stars of Opera and Broadway at The Players, an historic theatre club in the heart of New York City.

Tickets begin at $250





Sunday, May 18 | 7:30 PM
Monday, May 19 | 7:30 PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Five emerging composers – Guy Barash, Avner Finberg, Jeremy Gill, Andreia Pinto-Correia, and Gity Razaz – and one composer/librettist team, Joseph Rubinstein and Jason Kim, present the first public performances of music they have created during AOP's latest season of Composers & the Voice. The seven artists were chosen by AOP to spend a year creating new works focusing on the operatic voice under the guidance of C&V Artistic Director Steven Osgood.

Performing the selections will be the AOP Resident Ensemble of Singers for the 13-14 season: sopranos Deborah Lifton and Kristin Sampson, mezzo Rachel Calloway, tenor Dominic Armstrong, baritone Jorell Williams, and bass-bartione Matthew Burns. MEET THE 2013-14 C&V ARTISTS

Supporting on piano will be Composers & the Voice Music Directors Charity Wicks, Mila Henry and Kelly Horsted.


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.




April 21-22, 2014
Nautilus Music Theater
St. Paul, MN

Nautilus Music-Theater continues its 20th season of ROUGH CUTS with preview performances of Lucy, music by John Glover and libretto by Kelley Rourke.

Following up on workshop presentations with Rough Cuts and American Opera Projects at the WNYC Greene Space in 2010, Lucy (formerly Our Basic Nature) is a memory-opera for baritone Andrew Wilkowske, pianist Jocelyn Dueck and REDSHIFT ensemble with a libretto by Kelley Rourke. Inspired by a Radiolab story, Lucy tells the story of psychologist Maurice Temerlin and his wife Jane, who adopted a day-old chimpanzee in 1964, intending to raise her "as much as possible as though she were a human being." Lucy will receive its world premiere in the Fall of 2014, with Milwaukee Opera Theater.

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May 8 & 9, 2014
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

The purpose of Fort Worth Opera's Frontiers program is to give voice to unpublished 21st century operatic compositions. The showcase will be chaired by Fort Worth Opera General Director Darren K. Woods and a jury of composers, directors, conductors, producers, opera administrators, and community leaders.

The 2014 festival will feature presentations of several AOP-developed projects including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (music by Herschel Garfein), Safe Word (music by Robert Paterson, words by David Cote), and Something to Live For (music by Ronnie Reshef).




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