PARADISE INTERRUPTED - WORLD PREMIERE
May 22 - 31, 2015
56 Beaufain St, Charleston, SC 29401
Spoleto Festival USA will present the World Premiere of the AOP-developed Paradise Interrupted, Huang Ruo and Jennifer Wen Ma’s arresting new opera marrying Chinese tradition dating from the Ming Dynasty with contemporary Western idioms. In a dream, a woman meets her lover and searches for an unattainable ideal as a vast garden grows from an empty stage, only to disappear as her dream ends. Revered visual artist Jennifer Wen Ma, known to global audiences for her work on the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, directs and designs this exquisite opera. The dreamer is Qian Yi, whose performance in Lincoln Center Festival’s The Peony Pavilion—presented at Spoleto Festival USA in 2004—was lauded by The New York Times: “She is now China’s reigning opera princess, and in The Peony Pavilion her talents are in full flower.” Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy leads a chamber orchestra mixing Western and Chinese instruments in a score that is at once a continuation of tradition and entirely new.
“. . . one of the world’s leading young composers.” – The New Yorker
Sung in Mandarin with English supertitles.
Conversations With Jennifer Wen Ma and Huang Ruo | Sunday, May 24 at 3:30pm
$50 - $80
Development in association with American Opera Projects with support provided by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Paradise Interrupted is co-commissioned and co-produced by Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. Commissioned and produced with the generous support of Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang – Tang Family Foundation. Sponsored by: BMW Manufacturing Co.
A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS
Monday, June 1, 2015 | 5:00 PM & 7:30 PM
National Opera Center
330 7th Ave, New York, NY (just south of 29th on 7th Ave.)
In a society where women are worse than second class citizens, A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two oppressed women, one older, one younger, forced into marriage with the same brutal man. Enemies at first, only through their loving support for one another, are they able to survive and ultimately risk their lives for a chance at freedom. Based on the international best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini and set in Afghanistan from the mid-1970’s to the present era, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a universal story of love, passion, sacrifice and spiritual transcendence.
A workshop of scenes from the new opera-in-development at AOP by composer Sheila Silver and librettist Stephen Kitsakos, featuring a six-piece ensemble including two Hindustani instruments native to Afghanistan: bansuri and tabla. MORE INFO
Performances by Randall Scarlata, Kendra Broom, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, Ian McEuen, Deanne Meek, Vira Slywotzky, Risa Renae Harman, Nicholas Masters.
With Narration by Tandy Cronyn.
Leslie Swackhamer, director
Sara Jobin, Conductor
Program running time: 1 hr. 15 min.
Space is limited so reservations are recommended. For reservations please contact
Sheila Silver has received a Guggenheim as well as a 2014 Opera America Discovery Grant for Female Composers (funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) to support the opera. The libretto has been commissioned by American Opera Projects with support from the New York State Council of the Arts.
AS ONE - West Coast Premiere
July 26 - August 8, 2015
The Oakland Metro
630 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607
“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
AOP's As One makes its West Coast premiere at the innovative West Edge Opera's 2015 Festival in a new production! Based on the life experience of noted filmmaker Kimberly Reed, two singers, a baritone and a mezzo-soprano, together portray the character Hannah. The two singers embody a young boy who knows he is different but can't understand how or why. The 70-minute opera traces the life of young Hannah through her eventual gender reassignment. It examines the life of a transgender person through poetry, movement, beautiful music and film in a new and especially touching way.
Music Director/Conductor: Bryan Nies
Stage Director: Mark Streshinsky
Hannah Before: Dan Kempson
Hannah After: Brenda Patterson
Featuring Friction Quartet
Commissioned and developed by AOP.
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.
CLAIRE CHASE & ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO
Thursday, May 7 | 7:30 PM
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
Flutist Claire Chase and countertenor (and AOP Board member) Anthony Roth Costanzo take to the SubCulture stage on Thursday, May 7th, for an enchanting evening of music that includes the world premiere performance of Mohammed Fairouz's setting of Wallace Stevens poetry, written specifically for the duo.
$25 IN ADVANCE, $30 DAY OF PERFORMANCE
KATE DILLINGHAM CELLO RECITAL
Sunday, May 17 | 7:00 PM
121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10002
Cellist Kate Dillingham enjoys a varied career as a soloist and collaborative artist, and is an avid proponent of the music of living composers. Eavesdropping presents
a versatile program featuring Dillingham performing works by Composers & the Voice alums Avner Finberg and Guy Barash, and more!
Yuan Chen Li - Tian Jing Sha
Guy Barash - Talkback V for cello and computer
Avner Finberg - Maqamat
Federico Garcia de Castro - Chemins: 3 Epsiodes and Aria
Juliana Hall - Ding Dong Bell 8 Epitaphs for solo cello
Jonathan Pieslak - Bhakti No. 4
$15 General Admission; $10 Students/Seniors
SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED: IN CONCERT
Tuesday, May 26 | 8:00 PM
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
One lyricist (As One's Mark Campbell) and 18 composers join forces to create a unique music/theatre event in Songs From an Unmade Bed, a solo work that propels a smart, resilient, wry and ultimately romantic gay New Yorker through the heartache and triumphs of love in the Big City. Mark Campbell's lyrics, on the endlessly surprising experience of urban romance, have been set by an eclectic roster of musical artists.
Original ensemble members, Michael Winther, Kimberly Grigsby and Shane Shanahan are joined by Peter Sachon on cello as they reunite with lyricist Mark Campbell and many of the composers for a special one-night-only concert event, celebrating the ten year anniversary of Songs from an Unmade Bed, the critically acclaimed, theatrical song cycle originally produced by off-Broadway by New York Theatre Workshop in 2005.
$30 IN ADVANCE, $35 DAY OF PERFORMANCE