AOP Upcoming Events

SEPTEMBER 4-7, 2014 - "AS ONE" WORLD PREMIERE AT BAM FISHER
september 10, 2014 - "TWO PREMIERES AND A REUNION" AN EVENING OF MUSIC BY CONRAD CUMMINGS
SEPTEMBER 12 & 14, 2014 - COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES

OTHER EVENTS

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"AS ONE" WORLD PREMIERE

September 4 & 6 | 7:30 PM
September 7 | 3:00 PM
BAM Fisher - Fishman Space
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Music & Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed

Film Direction by Kimberly Reed

Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Kelly Markgraf, baritone
The Fry Street Quartet

Set and Lighting Design by David Jacques
Costume Design by Sara Jean Tosetti
Music Direction by Steven Osgood
Directed by Ken Cazan

In this world premiere chamber opera for two singers and string quartet, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and baritone Kelly Markgraf depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her self and the outside world. Featuring the Fry Street Quartet. More info: www.operaprojects.org/AsOne

TICKETS: ALL TICKETS $25
www.BAM.org/AsOne

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POST-SHOW ARTIST TALKS
Sep. 4 - Moderated by Andrew Solomon, author "Far from the Tree"
Sep. 6 - Moderated by Naomi Lewin, afternoon host at WQXR
Sep. 7 - Moderated by Jean Malpas, director, Gender & Family Project at Ackerman Institute for the Family

The artist talks takes place in the performance venue and is free for same-day ticket holders.

VIP OPENING NIGHT TICKETS
JOIN AOP and the cast and creative team of AS ONE at an exclusive VIP reception on the BAM Rooftop Terrace after the opening night performance on Thursday, September 4. Includes tickets with VIP seating to the performance beginning at 7:30 pm.

TO PURCHASE: https://asonevip.eventbrite.com


As One funding logos

Commissioned by American Opera Projects. As One is supported in part by funding from OPERA America's Opera Discovery Grants for Female Composers Program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works, Bronx Council on the Arts, Purchase College Development Fund, Tanner Fund, Jeremy T. Smith Fund, Dr. Coco Lazaroff, Lynn Loacker, Judith O. Rubin, and many generous individuals. Special thanks to Purchase College Conservatory of Music and Utah State University. As One is presented by AOP as part of the BAM/DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center Professional Development Program (PDP).

The Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project is a proud co-sponsor of AOP's As One world premiere at BAM and looks forward to putting forth the important personal accounts of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals and their families.

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Cummings

TWO PREMIERES AND A REUNION - AN EVENING OF MUSIC BY CONRAD CUMMINGS

Wednesday, September 10 | 7:30 PM
The National Opera Center
330 Seventh Avenue
Manhattan, NY 10001

Music by Conrad Cummings
With commissioned texts by Mark Campbell, Michael Korie, and Vikram Seth

Featuring:
Jesse Blumberg - Baritone
Hai-Ting Chinn – Mezzo-Soprano
Gregory Fulkerson - Violinist
Keith Jameson - Tenor
Charity Wicks - Pianist

The performance features premieres of two commissioned works: the theatrical song cycle Thoroughfare, written for Metropolitan Opera tenor Keith Jameson with lyrics by Mark Campbell; and the virtuoso concert piece Golden Gate Fantasy, written for award-winning violinist Gregory Fulkerson.

Also featured are two concert duets reuniting frequent Cummings collaborators Jesse Blumberg and Hai-Ting Chinn: Before the Golden Gate, with lyrics by Vikram Seth; and From Positions 1956, with lyrics by Michael Korie.

TICKETS:
$15 online or $20 at the door

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FirstGlimpse

COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES

Friday, September 12 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 14 | 7:30 PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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A concert of world premiere scenes from operas by emerging composers Guy Barash, Avner Finberg, Jeremy Gill, Andreia Pinto-Correia, Gity Razaz, Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim created during AOP's latest season of its Brooklyn-based training program Composers & the Voice.

Performances by opera singers Deborah Lifton, Kristin Sampson, Blythe Gaissert, Dominic Armstrong, Jorell Williams, and Matthew Burns.
Piano: Charity Wicks, Mila Henry and Kelly Horsted
C&V Artistic Director: Steven Osgood

MEET THE 2013-14 C&V ARTISTS

TICKETS:
Before September 1 - $10 General Admission / $5 Student/Senior
After September 1 - $15 General Admission / $10 Student/Senior

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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.

 


Cummings

WORDS OF POEM AND SONG with J.D. McCLATCHY

Saturday, November 8 | 3:00 PM
Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282
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Award-winning poet J.D. McClatchy discusses the relationship between his poetic practice and work as a librettist, complemented by a reading of The Leopard, McClatchy’s libretto for a new opera based on the internationally acclaimed novel from 1958 by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and currently in development at AOP. McClatchy is joined by the opera’s composer Michael Dellaira for a post-reading talk.

Presented with Poets House.

About THE LEOPARD
In 1860, during the Risorgimento, Garibaldi has invaded Sicily and is sweeping the country towards a unified Italy. “For things to remain the same everything must change” declares the young and idealistic Tancredi to his uncle, Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina. The Prince, known as The Leopard because of his commanding personality, is of the old school, and he now faces a society in upheaval, and is forced to choose between decay and progress, between the downfall of the nobility and the future of his family. Based on the internationally acclaimed 1958 novel Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard will be Michael Dellaira's third opera with J. D. McClatchy.

TICKETS:
$10 general, $7 for students and seniors, and free for Poets House members

Commissioned by American Opera Projects. The Leopard is made possible, in part, through generous funding by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Paul Underwood Charitable Trust.

 

AOP's season is made possible by New Music USA's Cary New Music Performance Fund and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


 

Bohemian Valentine

BOHEMIAN VALENTINE

August 9-21 | Various times
Teatro LATEA at the Clemente
107 Suffolk St
New York, NY 10002

The New York International Fringe Festival 2014! Set in New York City, Bohemian Valentine follows Michael, a young man who's recently lost the love of his life. Over the past three years, Michael has been struggling. Mixing memories and reality, he decides to start photographing their memories together, planning to take the pictures with him when he leaves everything behind. A darkly funny and romantic look at love and loss while facing tragedy, it will perform August 9th at 1:00pm, August 12th at 2:00pm, August 18th at 8:45pm, August 20th at 8:45pm, and August 21st at 4:45pm. Written by Mateo Moreno. www.bohemianvalentine.com

Starring:
Mateo Moreno (VACLAV HAVEL'S HUNT FOR A PIG), Michaela Alyse Tomcho (HAPPILY AFTER TONIGHT), Tracy McDowell* (MOTOWN THE MUSICAL), Kristen Adele* (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), W. Derek Jorden (NILES NEVER & THE BLACK HOLES), Sophia Gennusa* (Honorary Tony Award winner for MATILDA THE MUSICAL) and Simoné Elizabeth Bart.

Directed by AOP Producing Director Matt Gray

* = Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association. AEA Approved Showcase

TICKETS: $18 in advance

 


Smashed

SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story

August 9-15 | Various times
The Celebration Of Whimsy a.k.a. The C.O.W.
21 Clinton St.
New York, NY 10002

"Anyone who experiences the absurd booze-opera will go happy and with a fully transformed view of opera."- Feast of Music

The New York International Fringe Festival 2014! Frequent AOP partner Opera on Tap will bring the hatchet-wielding icon of the temperance movement, Carrie Nation, to life in its hit production SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story, seen recently at OPERAtion Brooklyn. Performances will be held at The C.O.W. (21 Clinton Street, between Houston and Stanton) on August 9th at 1:45pm, August 10th at 6:30pm, August 12th at 3pm, August 13th at 7:45pm, and August 15th at 9:30pm. The “hilarious slapstick-style opera” (Feast of Music) by composer James Barry and librettist Timothy Braun will be presented in a fully immersive, all-bar-encompassing production, which Opera on Tap is calling ‘Opera of the Ridiculous.’

TICKETS: $18 in advance

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longisland

THINGS I LEFT ON LONG ISLAND

August 9-24 | Various times
The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre
115 MacDougal Street, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10012

The New York International Fringe Festival 2014! A new play by Sara Cooper (2011-12 C&V fellow and 2014 recipient of Jonathan Larson Grant from the American Theatre Wing), director Noah Himmelstein, and producer Gregory Jacobs-Roseman. When 28-year-old Marny finds a lump in her breast, she moves in with her mother. Pretending she isn’t flunking adulthood, she must either succumb to the whims of a family in crisis, or take back her life—and her play. Performing August 9th at 6:00pm, August 12th at 9:00pm, August 14th at 4:30pm, August 17th at 1:45pm, August 21st at 9:00pm, and August 24th at 1:45pm. www.thingsileftonlongisland.com

TICKETS: $18 in advance

 


rhymes w opera

RHYMES WITH OPERA: NEW CHAMBER MUSIC WORKSHOP

August 16 | 7:00 PM
National Opera Center Recital Hall
330 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10001

12 composers and 12 singers have been hard at work all summer creating 12 brand-new vocal chamber works. The RWO: New Chamber Music Workshop takes place concurrently in Baltimore and New York, bringing together singers and composers interested in pushing the boundaries of classical vocal music. The program concludes with a concert of world premieres in both cities. COMPLETE INFO

TICKETS: $20

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tss

TWO SIDES SOUNDING: THE UNSUNG CITY

September 11-16 | Various times
Various locations
Brooklyn, NY

BEAT Festival 2014! Two Sides Sounding presents numerous works from AOP artists including the premiere of Daniel Felsenfeld’s Bruce Bailey, an “urban cantata” on the life and times of the late tenants’ rights activist, the opera scene Stop and Frisk by Sidney Marquez Boquiren, a look at two childhood friends in conflict over a police incident, and the premiere of Ellen Mandel’s poignant and introspective song cycle HAIKU NYC (all three pieces have text by Daniel Neer), plus songs by Daron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Ray Lustig, Gilda Lyons, Rachel Peters and William Bolcom.

With performances by Eleanor Taylor (soprano), Brandon Snook (tenor), Daniel Neer (baritone), Jorell Williams (baritone), Mila Henry (piano), Lynn Bechtold (violin), Jennifer DeVore (cello) and Ted Gorodetzky (director & multimedia composition.)

COMPLETE INFO

TICKETS: FREE to $20

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