Artwork by Matt Kish
HEART OF DARKNESS - U.S. PREMIERE
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
$30 - $85
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.
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.
A TASTE OF DAMNATION
Thursday, April 23 | 7:30 PM
The Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Performance Space
Manhattan School of Music
West 122nd Street & Broadway, NYC
Manhattan School of Music presents the first public performance of a new 1 hour opera by C&V alum Avner Finberg), a staged reading of A Taste of Damnation.
Originally developed in AOP's Composers & the Voice, this opera in three scenes follows a man on a furlough from Hell who finds love in a convenience store located at damnation's doorstep. His lover prays for his return, but when he does, she faces a terrible choice.Based on the short story, A Souvenir of Hell, by Etgar Keret.
Music by Avner Finberg
Libretto by Edward Einhorn
Conducted by Kyle Ritenauer
With Roland Burks, Mark Nimar, and Alexis Rodda
HARLEM CHAMBER PLAYERS SPRING FINALE CONCERT
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 3 PM
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
521 West 126th Street
(Between Broadway and Amsterdam)
New York, NY 10027
Tali Makell, Conductor
Gerard Reuter & Roy Beason, Oboes
Carl Jackson & Liz Player, Clarinets
Monte Morgenstern & Mitch Kriegler, Basset Horns
David Byrd-Marrow, Marshall Sealy,
Barbara Oldham & Deryck Clarke, French Horns
Amy Fraser & Gili Sharett, Bassoons
Anthony Morris, Double Bass
Anthony Piccolo Fanfare-Sonatina for 4 Horns
Mozart Serenade #10 in B-flat, K. 361, "Gran Partita"
$15 General Admission; $10 Students/Seniors
THE ART OF THE RECITAL: GILBERT KALISH
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 7:30 PM
Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio, Rose Building
165 W. 65th Street, 10th floor
New York, NY
Now in its second season, this popular series celebrates the classic art form of the recital, with programs curated by the performers. Don’t miss the chance to hear these masters perform beloved repertoire in an ideal setting for chamber music. Includes a world premiere from AOP composer Sheila Silver (A Thousand Splendid Suns, Beauty Intolerable).
Crumb Processional for Piano (1983)
Goldstein New Work for Piano (World Premiere) (2015)
Silver New Work for Piano (World Premiere) (2015)
Janáček V mlhách (In the Mists) for Piano (1912)
Ives Sonata No. 2 for Piano, “Concord, Mass., 1840-60” (c. 1916-19, rev. 1920s-40s)
Gilbert Kalish , piano
INSOMNIA / WHITMAN PORTRAITS
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 8 PM
First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
2125 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Artsong Repertory Theater Company brings new classical songs to the Philly stage. Presenting: the Philadelphia premiere of INSOMNIA by Tom Cipullo and the world premiere of WHITMAN PORTRAIT by C&V alum Jeremy Gill (pictured). Both pieces are song cycles written for several singers and piano that explore our interconnectedness through poetry, music and time.
Cipullo's Insomnia is set around a night-time tableau narrated by the texts of varied poets. The neon and lamplight-tinged feelings that emerge in the hours of a sleepless night tell stories: a man listening to the sounds of his home as if it were alive, a virgin dares to dream of a lover, a hilarious ode to snoring. Gill's Whitman portrait uses the humanist poet Walt Whitman's own words alongside brilliantly crafted music to paint a picture of the self-scrutinizing man through his private thoughts, obsessions, expressions of eroticism and existential meditations.
$20 General Admission (online & door)
$10 Student Admission w/ ID (door ONLY)