Friday, May 6, 2016

American Opera Projects: Watch 6 Mini Operas About Fort Greene Park This Sunday [4 PM; Jorell Williams, baritone]

AOP Concert in Fort Greene Park

Jorell Williams, baritone
(Julie DeMarre Photography)

New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, American Opera Projects (AOP),
and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy (FGPC)

two free performances of mini-operas about Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park,
one of New York's, and the nation's, most historic and vibrant neighborhood parks. 

The operas, each under fifteen minutes, include dramatizations of the park's large dog walking community, the remains of the Prison Ship Martyrs from the American Revolution, and a park gardener in a post-apocalyptic future. 

Written by students in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, led by Randall Eng (Composers & the Voice, Henry's Wife), in partnership with AOP.

Six of the operas, staged by opera director Sam Helfrich (Glimmerglass, Boston Lyric), will be performed at NYU Tisch's Black Box Theater. The other six operas will be performed in an outdoor concert near the Visitors Center at Fort Greene Park.

Saturday, May 7  | 2:00 PM
Group A (operas 1-6, staged)
Black Box Theatre, NYU Tisch 
715 Broadway, 2nd Floor. NY 10003DIRECTIONS
Randall Eng - Program Director
Sam Helfrich - Stage Director
Mila Henry - Music Director
W. Wilson Jones - Stage Manager

Composers / Librettists
Edison Hong / Manda Leigh Blunt
Yoonmi Lee / Orian Israelsohn
Paulo Tirol / Shoshana Greenberg
Casey O'Neil / Sophia Chapadjiev
Aleksandra Weil / Laura Barati
TJ Rubin / Marella Martin Koch
Performances by
Blake Friedman, tenor
Sarah Heltzel, mezzo-soprano
Amelia Watkins, soprano
Sam Carl, bass
Designers - NYU Graduate Department of Design for Stage and Film
Peter W Mitchell, Jennifer Reiser, Vadim Ledvin, Derek Van Heel
Sunday, May 8  | 4:00 PM  
Rain or shine!
Group B (operas 7-12, concert)
Fort Greene Park, 
Visitors Center
Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY 11205DIRECTIONS
Randall Eng - Program Director
Kelly Horsted - Music Director
W. Wilson Jones - Stage Manager

Composers / Librettists
Brian Cavanagh-Strong / Ben Bonnema
Ben Bonnema / Kathleen Wrinn
Erato Kremmyda / Maggie-Kate Coleman
Jonathan Russ / Lane Dombois
Emily Rose Simons / Greg Moss
Tek Goo Kang / Chandra McClelland
Performances by
Eric Brenner, countertenor
Kamala Sankaram, soprano
Deborah van Renterghem, soprano
Jorell Williams, baritone
Free and open to the public. Seating for May 7 is limited.

Please note, some of the works on the program contain adult language. 

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