AOP Upcoming Events

NOVEMBER 8, 2014 - "the leopard" libretto reading W j.d. mCclatchy
NOVEMBER 13 & 15, 2014 - "INDEPENDENCE EVE" AT ADELPHI U and Brooklyn




Saturday, November 8 | 3:00 PM
Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282

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.

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.

$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.

independence eve


Thursday, November 13 | 7:30 PM
The Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
Adelphi University | 1 South Ave | P.O. Box 701 | Garden City, NY 11530-0701

Saturday, November 15 | 8:00 PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford St. | Brooklyn, NY 11217

AOP presents a 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.

Comprised of three unrelated scenes, each of which take place on July 3 in an unspecified American city, Independence Eve focuses on the stories of three black males (each played by baritone Jorell Williams), and three white males (each played by tenor Brandon Snook), who struggle with identity and acceptance amidst race issues that span one hundred years of the American experience. Taking place on the benign location of a single park bench in three different urban locations, Independence Eve is a study of black and white America, offering commentary on the intricacies of race relations and the insidious and persistent stain of racism that has remained consistent throughout American history. Music direction by Mila Henry. #independenceeve

Includes the opera “Stop and Frisk,” recently profiled (no joke intended) in The New Yorker!

$20 general, $15 for students and seniors

Made possible by funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Adelphi University.


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.




Sunday, September 28 | 7:30pm
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Difficulty of Crossing a Field, based on an 1839 short story by Ambrose Bierce, is intended to cross between opera and theater worlds, mixing arias with spoken text, emotional melodies with intense drama. It explores the damage done by slavery, flowing freely between the physical to the metaphysical world.

Featuring performances by AOP regulars Nicole Mitchell and Jorell Williams!

Music by David Lang
Libretto by Mac Wellman
Conducted by Douglas Kinney Frost
Performed by the Harlem Quartet
Presented by Beth Morrison Projects

TICKETS: General Admission: $20
Members/Students/Seniors: $15
Series Members - $10 - FREE for All Access Members // Doors at 7:00pm

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