AOP Upcoming Events

March 15 & 21- "LEGENDARY" at manhattan school of music
MAY 1-3 - "heart of darkness" u.s. PREMIERE




Sunday, March 15 | 2:30 PM
Manhattan School of Music - Greenfield Hall
122nd Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Saturday, March 21 | 8:00 PM
Manhattan School of Music - The William R. and Irene D. Miller Recital Hall
122nd Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027

AOP First Chance returns to the Manhattan School of Music with excerpts from Legendary, an opera-in-development by Joseph Rubinstein and Jason Kim. The performances will feature a panel discussion with the artists.

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.

Performances by Kyle Guglielmo (AOP's Harriet Tubman, The Companion), Kalianthie Anastasiou, Jordan Rutter, Alaysha Fox
Music direction by Scott Rednour.
Directed by Knud Adams.

The March 15 performance is presented as part of the annual Opera Index series New American Opera Previews, From Page to Stage, with Q&A hosted by Midge Woolsey. It also features a performance of new music from Encompass New Opera Theatre.

The March 21 Q&A will be moderated by Mark Campbell (librettist The Manchurian Candidate, AOP's As One).

March 15: General Admission: $20 | Advance: $15 | Students/Seniors: $10; 212-706-9550 to order tickets
March 21: FREE

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

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Tuesday, April 7 | 8:00 PM
Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University
4030 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-4030

“a piece that haunts and challenges its audiences with questions about identity, authenticity, compassion and the human desire for self-love and peace.” – Opera News

In this chamber opera for two singers and string quartet by composer Laura Kaminsky, librettist Mark Campbell and librettist/filmmaker Kimberly Reed, a mezzo-soprano (Blythe Gaissert) and a baritone (Kelly Markgraf, pictured) depict the experiences of its sole transgender protagonist, Hannah, as she endeavors to resolve the discord between her self and the outside world. Tour of World Premiere production, directed by Ken Cazan.



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.


ame blue


Tuesday, March 3 | 8:00 PM
45 Bleecker St New York, NY, 10012

AOP Composers Laura Kaminsky (As One) and Robert Paterson (Three Way) are featured on this program from American Modern Ensemble (Paul's Case, The Scarlet Ibis) celebrating the release of AME's newest album, Powerhouse Pianists II.

Margaret Brouwer: Lonely Lake
George Crumb: Vox Balanae
Amanda Harberg: Tenement Rhapsody
Laura Kaminsky: Full Range of Blue
Robert Paterson: Deep Blue Ocean
Frederic Rzewski: Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues

Sato Moughalian, Flute; Benjamin Fingland, Clarinet; Regi Papa, Violin; Raman Ramakrishnan, Cello; Stephen Gosling, Piano; Blair McMillen, Piano; Matt Ward, Percussion; Robert Paterson, Conductor


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March 4-14, 2015
HERE Arts Center
145 Sixth Ave. (enter on Dominick Street one block south of Spring)
New York, NY 10013

Join HERE March 4-14 for CULTUREMART, their annual festival for the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), where process becomes the focus. This year's program features 12 workshop performances spanning topics and genres as varied as brainwashing and bureaucrats, opera and espionage, science and stardom, and everything in-between.

Featuring new works by AOP favorites Hai-Ting Chinn (Darkling, The Scarlet ibis, The Wanton Sublime) and Matthew Schickele (Marymere), Nick Brooke (Tone Test), and Kamala Sankaram (Tesla workshops).

$15 | Student Rush (Free with ID)
$5 for OFF-OFFten Club Members

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March 7-15, 2015
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington St
St Paul, MN 55102

Politics and paranoia collide in this heart-pounding new opera. An American soldier, decorated during the Korean War, is brainwashed into becoming an unwitting assassin in a conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Can a fellow POW crack the code in time to stop him? This taut and suspenseful thriller is the highly anticipated second opera by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell (AOP's As One, A Letter to East 11th Street), creators of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night.

$25 - $200

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