WALLABOUT HISTORIC WALKING TOUR
Saturday, June 27 | 11:00 AM
Fort Greene Park
On the last Saturday of each month during Summer 2015, the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, in collaboration with the Fort Greene Park Conservancy and American Opera Projects, will host a FREE guided walking tour through Fort Greene Park and the historic Wallabout neighborhood north of Myrtle Avenue, featuring a cappella performances by AOP Resident Artist Nicole Mitchell (pictured).
The neighborhood, most of which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, has a beautiful mix of pre-Civil War homes and late 19th century industrial buildings. The walk will discuss how the neighborhood has developed since the Dutch first arrived in the early 1600’s and highlight notable residents, such as Walt Whitman (visit The Walt Whitman Project for more information).
The 2 hour guided tour begins in Fort Greene Park, includes a 1.5 mile walk, and concludes at 99 Ryerson Street.
The event is FREE, but space is limited and registration is required.
AOP participation supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Culture Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.
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.
THE MAKING OF HAGOROMO
Monday, November 2, 2015 | 7:00 PM
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
The creative forces behind this season’s production of Hagoromo offer insight into the process of interpreting and staging one of the most performed plays in Japanese Noh theater. Dancers Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, director David Michalek, choreographer David Neumann, composer Nathan Davis, and puppeteer Chris M. Green reflect on this multidisciplinary work of dance-theater. Part of 2015 BAM Next Wave Festival
Performance tickets for Hagoromo sold separately.
RUN TIME: Approx 1hr 30min
This event is exclusive to BAM members.
ALL TICKETS: Free for BAM members (Level 2 and above)
Reservations open at 10am on Monday, June 8. Capacity is extremely limited and subject to availability on a first-come, first-served basis. Free admission for two per membership. Please note that dates, times, and artists are subject to change.
HAGOROMO - WORLD PREMIERE
November 5 - 7 | 7:30 PM
November 8 | 3:00 PM
BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11217
An angel's garment, possessed of mysterious powers, falls to a remote island on Earth, where it is found by a poor fisherman. To get it back, the angel offers up her greatest celestial gift: a dance of incomparable beauty.
Dance icons and former New York City Ballet principals Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, contralto Katalin Karolyi and tenor Peter Tantsits, and puppets by Chris M. Green come together in this inspired reimagining of a Japanese Noh theater classic. With choreography by David Neumann, costumes by Belgian fashion icon Dries Van Noten, and an original score by Nathan Davis - performed live by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Hagoromo merges genres to send a stranded spirit back to heaven.
Part of 2015 BAM Next Wave Festival
RUN TIME: Approx 1hr 30min
Featuring Wendy Whelan, Jock Soto, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Music by Nathan Davis
Libretto by Brendan Pelsue
Choreography by David Neumann
Puppetry by Chris M. Green
Conceived and directed by David Michalek
Presented in association with the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Costumes by Dries Van Noten
Lighting design by Clifton Taylor
Stage design by Sara Brown
Puppetry design by Chris M. Green and David Michalek
Dramaturgy by Norman Frisch
SUBSCRIPTION PRICE: $18.75—42.50 (BAM Members: $17.50—40)
SINGLE TICKETS: $25—50
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.
VIEWPOINTS WITH WENDY WHELAN, PARUL SHAH, and QIAN YI
Wednesday, June 24 | 6:30 PM
725 Park Ave, New York, New York 10021
Featuring AOP artists Wendy Whelan and David Michalek (Hagoromo) and Qian Yi (Paradise Interrupted).
Classical Connections takes a global perspective in comparing classical performance traditions, featuring three of the finest interpreters of these forms: Wendy Whelan, former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet; Parul Shah, celebrated performer of India’s kathak dance; and Qian Yi, Chinese kunqu opera star. Each of these dancers has dedicated their lives to the study and performance of their form, and now are pushing the boundaries to explore new territory inspired by tradition. How will the future of these classical connections be influenced by these new directions? The program will consist of short dance demonstrations and screenings of footage from Slow Dancing by photographer/videographer David Michalek, followed by a panel discussion with these three extraordinary artists.
$15 Asia Society members; $17 students/seniors; $20 nonmembers.
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PATIENCE & SARAH - ACT 2
Friday, June 26 | 7:00 PM
THE LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER
208 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
New York, NY
Experience the first phase of REVIVAL of the opera which premiered to sold-out audiences in 1998. With a NEW seven-piece orchestration for Paula Kimper Ensemble. The opera is closely based on Isabel Miller’s 1969 novel, which in turn was inspired by the true story of two 19th-century women, the painter Mary Ann Willson and her companion Miss Brundage.
With Nadia Petrella as Patience, Elsa Quéron as Sarah, and Michael Kelly as Parson Peel in a new orchestration for Paula Kimper Ensemble. Directed by Douglas Moser, Costumes and Scenic Design by Marie Anne Chiment.
The world premeire in Lincoln Center Festival 1998, a coproduction of American Opera Projects and Lincoln Center Festival, sold out quickly and was lauded by The New York Times, Opera News, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Out Magazine, The Advocate, and others.