Opera Grows in Brooklyn
is an ongoing collaboration between American Opera Projects, "known for bringing cutting-edge vocal production to the masses," (New York
), and Opera on Tap, "...raucous and sublime...un-elitist, imperfect, and fun..." (NY Sun
), that presents three 30-minute selections of songs and scenes from contemporary composers in a hip, cabaret-style atmosphere. Audiences have a chance to meet the artists and composers after the performance.
Opera Grows in Brooklyn has been called "an exciting new level of work for these young companies. Brooklyn and the rest of the city will benefit from future collaborations like these." (The Curator, April 2009).
“…it seems clear that the Brooklyn hipster is destined to be the next audience for opera…once again some amazing surprises were presented by this rag-tag bunch of very experimental artists. …the old and new guard of opera viewers mingled in an open-minded night of musical experimentation.” (July 2010)
The Opera Insider:
“I for one do not intend to miss another installment of this remarkable series!!! ...the eclectic and sometimes challenging musical offerings [are] beautifully framed by the contemporary space and the relaxed, social atmosphere.” (July 2010)
Parterrebox also commented, "Galapagos was quite an interesting place to see an event like this. I personally think this type of venue is a great place for workshopping new works; those in the audience were young and seemingly very supportive of the performances.
What I kept thinking about though, was the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the ’60s, where visionaries like Philip Glass would play in spacious lofts simply because they could. ... I think this is as close as the opera world will get to that type of experimental sharing as was seen all those years ago. ... I would certainly go again to a presentation like this. You never really know if you’ll be there for the premiere of the next great masterwork by the next great composer, and if you aren’t, well, the beer is still cold." (April 2010)
Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn
16 Main Street (corner of Water St.)
For more information, please visit: www.galapagosartspace.com
Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.
Featuring music based on the works of contemporary Brooklyn authors! Guest curated and hosted by composer and author Daniel Felsenfeld
Featured texts by: Rick Moody, Arthur Philips, Lou Reed, Fiona Maazel, Donna Di Novelli, Matt Gray, Janet Kaplan, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Dave Wondrich, Lloyd Schwartz, Susanna Speier, Mark Statman, and Royce Vavrek.
Compositions by: David Lang, Mohammad Fairouz, Martin Hennessy, Raymond J. Lustig, Gilda Lyons, Rachel Peters, Matt Marks, One Ring Zero, Paola Prestini, Dennis Tobenski, Stefan Weisman, and Daniel Felsenfeld.
Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.
An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance, Soprano Adrienne Danrich performs song settngs of poet Langston Hughes including premieres by composer Drew Hemenger.
Composer Nkeiru Okoye presents excerpts from her two-act folk opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom.
David N. Baker's Give and Take, chamber work for soprano and ensemble by the legendary contemporary jazz musician and composer.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.
Patience & Sarah, by Paula Kimper and Wende Persons.
Miranda, by Kamala Sankaram
Prairie Dogs, by Rachel Peters and Royce Vavrek.
Sunday, Dec 5, 2010 - 7:00 p.m.
La BoneMe, seven side-splitting sex songs by AOP composers
The Adventures of Albert Fish, by Matt Marks
The Filthy Habit, libretto by Matt Boresi, music by Peter Hilliard. Presented by Opera on Tap.
Monday, Oct 18, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Opera Elvis: A Lament for the King reorchestrated works of The King by Opera on Tap and Anti-Social Music
A Poem Written for the Concrete Beneath the Bridge
by Caleb Burhans
Henry's Wife by Randall Eng
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Herschel Garfein
Friday, July 9, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
AOP's Songs From the F Train and Calamus Songs
Removable Parts by Corey Dargel
The Bloody Chamber by Daniel Felsenfeld
Friday, April 16, 2010 - 8:00 p.m.
Abigail Fischer's Absynth
Dreams of Pure Spirit: Songs of Tom Cipullo
Margot Alone in the Light by Clint Borzoni
Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Excerpts from three operas in progress
Semmelweis by Raymond J. Lustig
Marymere by Matthew Schickele
Sucker by James Barry
Friday, July 17, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Featuring The Music of David T. Little
Songs From the F Train
The Witches of Bushwick (and other parts of NY)
Fade by Stefan Weisman
Friday, March 20, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.
Excerpts from three operas in progress
Love/Hate by Jack Perla
G Train the Musical by Christian McLeer
Cymbeline by Christopher Berg