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New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage 2019

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The Douglas Moore Fund for American Opera and Opera Index,
in collaboration with American Opera Projects and Encompass New Opera Theatre present

NEW AMERICAN OPERA PREVIEWS: FROM PAGE TO STAGE

featuring staged excerpts from two new operas - Lord Byron and The Interaction Effect - followed by in-depth interviews with the creative teams.

Sunday, March 24, 3:00- 5:00pm
Reception to follow

Marc Scorca Hall at the National Opera Center
330 7th Avenue, 7th floor NY, NY 10001

Tickets: $20 General/$10 Seniors & Students



ABOUT THE OPERAS

THE INTERACTION EFFECT
Developed and Presented by American Opera Projects in association with the Manhattan School of Music
Composer Pamela Stein Lynde / Librettist Laura Barati
Performances by Josi Petersen, Sophie Blatt, Sarah Brownawell, Rachel Querreveld, Dylan Courtney, Hao Jiang
Music Direction and Accompaniment: Kristen Kemp
Stage Direction: Anne Shikany

In The Interaction Effect, Mikaela, a senior statistics major at a liberal arts college, just wants to forget the night her friend Adam raped her at a college party, and her school administration’s painful mishandling of her assault. But when Mikaela learns that Adam has assaulted another student—a sophomore too scared to report the assault—she is forced to confront her community and administration’s desire to ignore campus sexual assault. Please note that The Interaction Effect contains scenes and subject matter that may be upsetting to some viewers.

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FREEDOM
Three Powerful Women of New Opera....and Lord Byron
Developed and Presented by Encompass New Opera Theatre
Music Director/Pianist: Richard Pearson Thomas
Stage Director: Nancy Rhodes
Costumes: Angela Huff

LORD BYRON
Composer Virgil Thomson / Librettist Jack Larson
Performers: Mark Watson, Oswaldo Iraheta

Born in 1788, Lord Byron, an English poet and formidable satirist, rebelled all his life against social injustice. His radical political views led him to take up the cause of freedom, and in 1823 he went to Greece and fought for their independence, where he died at the age of 36. The opera opens with his family and friends sadly awaiting the arrival of his body for burial, as well as a statue of Byron being delivered as a gift. Thomas Moore, the poet and close friend of Byron, reflects on his memories of Byron. Time stops. Byron’s ghost appears, and he sings a satirical ode to the London he has not seen in seven years.

THREE POWERFUL WOMEN OF NEW OPERA
Aria Highlights from Angel of the Amazon, A Wake or a Wedding, and Anna Christie

Composers: Evan Mack, Richard Pearson Thomas, Edward Thomas/Joe Masteroff
Performers: Tascha Anderson, Marie Anello, Melanie Long




New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage promotes contemporary opera to New York audiences though the presentation of staged excerpts of new opera in development. Providing an important opportunity for new composers and librettists to view their work-in-progress with an audience, provides a valuable tool for developing a stage-worthy new work, before it reachesfull-scale production. New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage creates vital opportunities for young artists to perform in the developing scenes and to work with new writers and composers. This forum provides a natural bridge from academic training to the professional stage.

Encompass New Opera Theatre's presentation is made possible in part by The New York State Council of the Arts, The Department of Cultural Affairs, and our Generous Corporate and Individual Donors.
AOP's presentation of The Interaction Effect is made possible in part through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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