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Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes 2018

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AOP previews the future of opera with an evening of scenes developed during AOP's latest season of Composers & the Voice, a Brooklyn-based fellowship training program that has launched the careers of some of today's top opera creators.

Previous Six Scenes have given audiences their first look at operas that went on to fully produced world premieres including Rachel Peters' "Companionship" (Fort Worth Opera), Daniel Sonenberg's "The Summer King" (Pittsburgh Opera and Michigan Opera Theater), Gregory Spears' "Paul's Case" (UrbanArias and Prototype Festival), Robert Paterson's "Three Way" (Nashville Opera and AOP), and Jack Perla's "Love/Hate" (ODC/San Francisco Opera).

Six Scenes 2018

Scenes by composers Matthew Browne, Scott Ordway, Frances Pollock, Pamela Stain Lynde, Amber Vistein, and Alex Weiser and librettists Laura Barati, Kim Davies, and Sokunthary Svay.

Performances by opera singers Jennifer Goode Cooper, Blake Friedman, Blythe Gaissert, Tookah Sapper, Mario Diaz-Moresco, and Adrian Rosas.

Music Directors: Mila Henry and Kelly Horsted
C&V Artistic Director: Steven Osgood.

Composers & the Voice is made possible in part by generous awards from the Andrew W. Melon Foundation and The Vistor Herbert Foundation.

ABOUT THE “SIX SCENES”

Dark Exhalation (By Amber Vistein)

“Dark Exhalation” is a meditative, experimental piece exploring our very human tendency to attach cosmic significance to the personal connections we forge. A woman in a nameless city conflates the turmoil of an impending Summer storm with the emotional unrest of her departed lover in this resonant contemporary opera.

Spring (Score by Scott Ordway; Libretto by Meryem Belkaid)

“Spring” takes a frank, empathic close-up view of the moments, mentalities and malaise immediately before and after a revolution overthrows a dictatorial regime. Four personified winds leave politics to the background as they paint intimate portraits of the people who endure these volatile times.

Better Than It Sounds (By Matt Browne)

A comedic assessment of the value of opera as an artform, “Better Than It Sounds” is an absurd, yet articulate debate on the importance of song. When Samuel Clemens is outraged by an operatic interpretation of “Tom Sawyer”; composers and actors, William and Emma must go to the heart of the artform to convince him that he should allow them to produce their show.

The Interaction Effect (Score by Pamela Stein Lynde; Libretto by Laura Barati)

Mikaela, a statistics major at a liberal arts college, just wants to forget the night her friend Adam raped her—instead, she is forced to contend with the aftermath of her community and school administration's painful mishandling of her assault. “The Interaction Effect” boldly exposes the weaknesses in a justice system governed by institutionalized misogyny.

Salt (Score by Frances Pollock; Libretto by Emily Roller & Frances Pollock)

A contemporary adaptation of the tale of Sodom and Gamora, “Salt” explores the escalating tension between urban and rural communities. When Lot and his two daughters flee their home after a terrorist attack, they must contend with the notion that their flight could lead to further persecution at the hands of a different kind of fundamentalism.

State of the Jews (Score by Alex Weiser; Libretto by Ben Kaplan)

How much must one sacrifice to change the world? “State of the Jews” is a non-linear historical drama chronicling the struggle of Austro-Hungarian writer Theodore Herzl to campaign for the establishment of a Jewish homeland, and the breakdown of his marriage as a result of his slavish dedication to his cause.

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