AOP Upcoming Events

JANUARY 8-17, 2015 - "The Scarlet Ibis" WORLD PREMIERE
February 5, 2015 - "INDEPENDENCE EVE" STAGED WORKSHOP of opera-in-progress
MAY 1-3, 2015 - "heart of darkness" u.s. PREMIERE



January 8–10, 13, 14, 16 & 17 | 7:00 PM
January 11 | 2:00 PM

HERE Mainstage Theatre - HERE Arts Center
HERE 145 Sixth Ave. (enter on Dominick St. one block south of Spring)
New York, NY 10013

Co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE
In association with AOP
Part of PROTOTYPE 2014

“...his music is personal, moody and skillfully wrought”
—Anthony Tommasini on Stefan Weisman, The New York Times

Inspired by the 1960 short story by James Hurst, The Scarlet Ibis is a family opera about brotherhood, illness, and the power of the imagination to soar above physical limitations. This world premiere by composer Stefan Weisman (Darkling) and librettist David Cote (Three Way) fuses singers, puppetry, and multimedia stagecraft to tell the story of a remarkable disabled boy whose older brother pushes him to be "normal." Set in rural North Carolina a century ago, The Scarlet Ibis contrasts notions of physical wholeness versus mystical otherness. Episodic and expressionistic, the narrative draws on elements of Southern Gothic, boy's adventure, and domestic tragedy.

OBIE Award-winning director Mallory Catlett stages the premiere, Tom Lee devises the puppetry, and Steven Osgood conducts the American Modern Ensemble in a nine-member configuration. Performances by Eric S. Brenner, Hai-Ting Chinn, Abigail Fischer, Nicole Mitchell, and Keith Phares. For audiences 12 and up. 100 Minutes

$25 | $75 VIP

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Commissioned and developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP)


TESLA - OPERA America New Works Forum

January 14 | 1:30 PM
National Opera Center
330 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

AOP returns to OPERA America's New Works Forum with a new work-in-progress being created by three iconclastic artists - Phil Kline (AOP's Out Cold), Jim Jarmusch, and Robert Wilson. [UNTITLED TESLA PROJECT] will simultaneously embrace and break operatic conventions to create a theatrical “portrait” as visionary as its subject, Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla, whose ideas and discoveries were, at times, too fantastical to be believed, let alone understood. MORE INFO

Alan Pierson conducts ACME in a concert reading of scenes from the opera. Performances by Ryland Angel, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, and James Harrington.

OPERA America Members only. For information visit:

Co-commissioned by Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

independence eve


Thursday, February 5 | 7:00 PM
The Harlem School of the Arts
645 Saint Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10030

AOP and The Harlem School of the Arts present a staged concert performance of Independence Eve, a new chamber opera in three scenes by composer Sidney Marquez Boquiren and librettist Daniel Neer that explores the troubled journey of race relations in America.

A park bench in an American city on July 3. 1963. 2013. 2063. In three separate stories, baritone Jorell Williams and tenor Brandon Snook portray men who struggle with identity and acceptance amidst race issues that span one hundred years of the American experience. Music direction by Mila Henry. #independenceeve

Includes the first scene of the opera, "Stop and Frisk", recently featured in The New Yorker Magazine.


Made possible by funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Scarlet Ibis


May 1 & 2, 2015 | 8:00 PM
May 2 & 3 | 2:00 PM

Z Space, 450 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA

Opera Parallèle (OP) will present the American Premiere of the AOP-developed Heart of Darkness by British composer Tarik O’Regan and librettist Tom Phillips in its 2014-15 Season. The work will be performed at San Francisco’s Z Space, a former warehouse that has been converted to a flexible performance space making this production space site specific.

Based on the novella by Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness is a powerful opera that portrays the greedy world of ivory smugglers in Central Africa as narrated by the central character, Marlow. The plot unfolds through a series of short, fast-paced scenes that gradually increase in tension, as Marlow’s tale approaches its climax. MORE INFO


Initial research and development phases of Tarik O’Regan’s work were supported by AOP and OperaGenesis, the opera development programme of the ROH2 . AOP received an NEA award for developing the opera in 2006-2011.



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.


echo drift


Tuesday, December 2 | 7:30 PM
Alfred Nobel Hall - House of Sweden
2900 K Street NW,
Washington, DC 20007

The Echo Drift – the first creative collaboration between designer Elle Kunnos de Voss and composer Mikael Karlsson (both Swedes living in New York City) -­‐ is a surrealist mystery performed by Metropolitan Opera soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra (Composers & the Voice) backed up by violin, piano and live electronics in a 6 channel surround system as well as a multitude of media, including animated sequences and characters. Centered around its main character, Walker Loats, a convicted felon, The Echo Drift is a mischievous take on perspectives of time, free will, and our time’s neurotic strive to break societal expectations in the quest for self expression.

The December 2 performance is a world premiere staged preview of the work and is presented in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in the US, The Swedish Consulate General of New York, House of Sweden, Rough State Sound and Metrics Design Group.






Friday, Dec 12 & Saturday, Dec 13 | 8:00 PM
Tuesday, Jan 13 & Wednesday, Jan 14 | 8:00 PM

Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, NY

The Velvet Oratorio, an original opera/theater piece commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, will be presented in the grand ballroom at the current home of the Czech Center and the Czech Consulate: The Bohemian National Hall. The Velvet Oratorio is an evocative retelling of the Velvet Revolution through found text, choral music, and scenes inspired by Václav Havel's Vaněk plays. Written by Edward Einhorn. Composed and Directed by Henry Akona.

TICKETS: General Admission: $30

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