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


lucy opera


Friday, November 7 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, November 8 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 9 | 2:00 PM

Tenth Street Theatre
628 N 10th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Commissioned and presented by Milwaukee Opera Theater
Words by Kelley Rourke
Music by John Glover

Inspired by true events, Lucy conveys the powerful story of psychologist Maurice Temerlin who, along with this wife Jane, adopted a day-old chimpanzee in the sixties. Naming her Lucy, their intention was to raise this chimpanzee "as much as possible as though she were a human being." Lucy learned to dress herself, eat with silverware, make tea for guests, look at magazines, communicate through sign language, and enjoy cocktails. As Temerlin struggles to hold on to memories of a happy, albeit wildly unconventional, family life, documentation from the experiment challenges him to come to terms with the project's ultimate consequences.

Andrew Wilkowske - Baritone
Christopher Zemliauskas - Music Director
Erik Pearson - Projection Designer / Stage Director
And REDSHIFT ensemble!

$28 General Admission.

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Group discounts available, please email for info.

Commissioned and premiered by Milwaukee Opera Theater. Originally developed by AOP under the title Our Basic Nature, Lucy: A Memory Opera was developed in part with generous grants from Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program.



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. The afternoon will feature a reception with the artists and music from the opera, composed by Michael Dellaira.

Libretto reading directed by James Robinson
Musical excerpts performed by Deborah Lifton and Jennifer Sgroe

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

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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 - Concert Hall
Adelphi University | 1 South Ave | 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.

A park bench in an American city on July 3. 1963. 2013. 2063. In three separate stories, baritone Jorell Williams and tenor Brandon Snook portray men who struggle with identity and acceptance amidst race issues that span one hundred years of the American experience. Music direction by Mila Henry. #independenceeve

Includes the first scene of the opera, "Stop and Frisk", recently featured in The New Yorker Magazine.

Nov. 13 - Adelphi Univ.
Regular price: $20
Senior citizens: $15
AU professors/staff: $10
AU general students: $5
AU Performing Arts Center (music/theatre/dance) students: free
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Nov. 15 - South Oxford Space
$20 general, $15 for students and seniors
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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.




Saturday, Nov 8 | 8:00 PM, Sunday, Nov 9 | 5:00 PM*
Friday, Dec 12 & Saturday, Dec 13 | 8:00 PM
Tuesday, Jan 13 & Wednesday, Jan 14 | 8:00 PM

Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, NY

The Velvet Oratorio, an original opera/theater piece commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, will be presented in the grand ballroom at the current home of the Czech Center and the Czech Consulate: The Bohemian National Hall. The Velvet Oratorio is an evocative retelling of the Velvet Revolution through found text, choral music, and scenes inspired by Václav Havel's Vaněk plays. Written by Edward Einhorn. Composed and Directed by Henry Akona.

*6:30 roundtable on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall follows

TICKETS: General Admission: $30

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Thursday, November 13 | 8:00 PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027

Poetic lyricism and passionate, colorful orchestration come together to dazzling effect in the music of Bernard Rands. Born in England, the composer emigrated to the United States in 1975 following studies with Berio and Dallapiccola. Miller celebrates Rands’ 80th birthday with the local premiere of his newest vocal work, sensitively performed by the young Met Opera star and AOP Board Member Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Bernard Rands - composer
Anthony Roth Costanzo - countertenor
Nicholas Masterson - oboe
Ryan Muncy - saxophone
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Christian Knapp - conductor

TICKETS: $25 - $35

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