AOP Upcoming Events

February 5 - "INDEPENDENCE EVE" STAGED WORKSHOP of opera-in-progress
March 15 - "LEGENDARY" at manhattan school of music
MAY 1-3 - "heart of darkness" u.s. PREMIERE


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 FREE 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. Followed by a Q&A with the artists. Part of the 2014 Composers Now Festival.

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.
The Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to our society. During the month of February, the Festival brings together dozens of performances presented by venues, ensembles, orchestras, opera companies, dance companies and many other innovative events throughout New York City. Composers will be in attendance at all events, interacting with audiences. Composers Now is a project partner of The Fund for the City of New York with the support of the ASCAP Foundation, the BMI Foundation, the Cheswatyr Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the Pocantico Center for the Arts.



Sunday, March 15 | 2:30 PM
Manhattan School of Music - Greenfield Hall
112nd Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027

AOP First Chance returns to the Manhattan School of Music for their annual Opera Index series New American Opera Previews, From Page to Stage with excerpts from Legendary, an opera-in-development by Joseph Rubinstein and Jason Kim. The afternoon will feature a panel discussion with the artists hosted by WQXR's Midge Woolsey.

1985. New York City. Famed drag performer Dee Legendary embarks on a passionate love affair with Officer John, whose fascination with Dee takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. Inspired by a true story, Legendary is an opera about double lives and destructive desires set in the glory days of New York City’s underground drag culture. The opera began development in AOP's Composers & the Voice program in 2013-2014.

Music direction by Scott Rednour.
Directed by Knud Adams.

General Admission: $20 | Advance: $15 | Students/Seniors: $10
212-706-9550 to order tickets

Composers & the Voice is made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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.




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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Thursday, Jan 15 | 8:00 PM
45 Bleecker St New York, NY, 10012

Jacob Bancks: String Theory*† - string quintet and harp — AME
Sidney Boquiren: in a mirror dimly* - string quintet — AME
Chinary Ung: Spiral X "In Memoriam" — Del Sol String Quartet
Jessie Montgomery: Breakaway — PUBLIQuartet
"MIND | THE | GAP: Bird in Paris" — PUBLIQuartet
John Zorn: The Dead Man — JACK
Robert Paterson: I See You* — String Orchestra and Recording, conducted by Delta David Gier
John Luther Adams: Dream in White on White — String Orchestra and Harp, conducted by Delta David Gier

*World Premieres
†Funded by Augustana College

Delta David Gier, Guest Conductor


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I too, Sing America: An Artistic Tribute to the Victims of Police Brutality

Sunday, January 18 | 3:00 PM
St. Mark's Church in the Bowery
131 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003

Join world renowned Baritone Kenneth Overton (The Summer King) and Metropolitan Opera Soprano Janinah Burnett (Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom) in a musical tribute through ryhme, reason, song, and spoken word lifted to those who have fallen due to the injustice of Police Brutality. It is our intention to provide an envioronment that motivates our audience to feel, emote, and heal through the musical experience we present. Joined by the wonderfully talented James Davis Jr., Minister of Music at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, we present the magic and the message of Spirituals arranged by John Carter and Hall Hohnson, Art Songs by Leslie Adams and Margaret Bonds, and Freedom Songs by Donnie Hathaway we offer a balm to hearts and a call for change.

50% of proceeds will go to help sustain Charles Wade's organization Operation Help or Hush which provides housing and resources to protestors of Police brutality. For more information please visit

$18 advance, $15 group tickets, $20 at the door

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