American Opera Projects

American Opera Projects and Opera on Tap presents

In association with the 1st Annual BEAT (Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater) Festival
and the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events.


Thursday, Sept. 13 - 7:30 PM
Flatbush Reformed Church
890 Flatbush Avenue, Flatbush

Wednesday, Sept. 19 - 7:30 PM
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
58 7th Avenue, Park Slope

Saturday, Sept. 22 - 7:30 PM
The Irondale Center
85 S. Oxford Street, Ft Greene

ADMISSION: $20 General Admission / Festival passes also available

AOP and Opera on Tap's acclaimed series returns for a new showcase of operatic works from and inspired by our home borough.


A Genuine Willingness to Help (Book 1) - by Daniel Felsenfeld WORLD PREMIERE
A Genuine Willingness to Help (Book I) is the first installment in the composer’s “Author Project,” which will build to an evening length multi-media presentation of musical settings of the words of living writers and songwriters working in the English language, a kind of work in progress. These texts represent a wide range of modes of expression from some of our most formidable writers, from the abstract wordplay of Rick Moody, the echt-nostalgia of Jonathan Lethem, the fragmented ebullience of Fiona Maazel, to the confessional sadomasochism of Stephen Elliott.

Raw Footage: Composer's Cut - by Daniel Felsenfeld
This piece was written to commemorate the retirement of writer Robert Coover from Brown University as part of the The Cabinet of Unusual Practices V. The text is drawn from Coover's novel The Adventures of Lucky Pierre: Director's Cut.

Stop and Frisk - by composer Sidney Marquez Boquiren and librettist Daniel Neer
In “Stop and Frisk,” Joe and Sean, best friends and successful urban professionals, meet for an awkward lunch in the park and discuss the racial aftermath of Sean's recent brush with police in a 'Stop and Frisk' search and investigation. Featuring a libretto by Daniel Neer, “Stop and Frisk” is part of the opera-in-development Triptych in Grant Park.

Male Identity - by composer Zach Redler and librettist Sara Cooper
With their 30th birthdays on the horizon, three friends worry what kind of men they are becoming after three decades of pop culture consumption and father figure issues in the humorous “Male Identity.”

Songs from One Ring Zero - by Joshua Camp and Michael Hearst
The program will include four songs drawn from One Ring Zero’s album As Smart As We Are (The Author Project). These “mysterious pop songs,” arranged for piano and chamber ensemble by Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp, have been called “both haunting and entertaining” by The New Yorker and feature texts by Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and David Wondrich.


Kayleigh Butcher, mezzo-soprano
Justin Hopkins, bass-baritone
Marcy Richardson, soprano
Delea Shand, soprano
Brandon Snook, tenor
Jorrell Williams, baritone

Yoon Jae Lee, conductor
Noah Himmelstein, stage director (Stop and Frisk, Male Identity)
Jeanne-Minette Cilliers, music director/piano
Mila Henry, music director/piano

More about the BEAT Festival:

The Beat Festival aims to fill a void in Brooklyn’s performing arts community with a yearly fall festival showcasing the greatest works of Brooklyn’s finest performing artists. For its inaugural year, the BEAT festival has hand-picked the most innovative, forward-thinking of Brooklyn’s emerging artists including Lemon Andersen, Elevator Repair Service, Theater Group Dzieci, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre, Marshall Davis Jr., Ishmael “Ish” Islam, and many more all-star artists. “BEAT creates a platform to celebrate what is already here: extraordinary world-class performers who stand as the greatest innovators of the performing arts,” says festival artistic director Stephen Shelley. From September 12-23, artists will perform in venues throughout the borough. For complete information and tickets visit

Portions of this performance are made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and by funding from The New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund and Musical Arts Fund. Additional support is provided by New Music USA’s Cary New Music Performance Fund.

September 13, 19 & 22, 2012 - OPERAtion Brooklyn at The BEAT Festival

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