THE 2017-2018 SEASON CALENDAR

August 10-12, 2017

REDCAT, LOS ANGELES

Music by David T. Little | Libretto by Anne Waldman | Directed by Lydia Steier ​

Artaud in the Black Lodge is a contemporary work of music- theatre exploring the imagined psychic connections among French poet and director Antonin Artaud, Beat-generation and post- modernist author William S. Burroughs; and filmmaker David Lynch.

SEPTEMBER 13-16, 2017

FRINGEARTS, PHILADELPHIA

created by Geoff Sobelle

HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

September 17, 2017

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NYC

Music by Nico Muhly

Exploration of the countertenor voice by Nico Muhly and sung by Met Opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo. Featuring the song-cycle Principles of Uncertainty with visuals by Maira Kalman and a newly commissioned work.

SEPTEMBER 27-OCTOBER 1, 2017

ARTS EMERSON, BOSTON

created by Geoff Sobelle

HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

OCTOBER 11, 2017

Music by Paola Prestini | Libretto by Royce Vavrek | Visuals by Eliza McNitt | Presented by BRIC | Narrated by Astrophysicist Mario Livio | Featuring Nathan Gunn, Jessica Rivera, the LA Opera Orchestra and LA Opera Chorus

The Hubble Cantata is a contemporary multimedia cantata written for soprano Jessica Rivera, baritone Nathan Gunn, and composer Paola Prestini. The Hubble Cantata exists as an evening length cantata that features music, electronics, filmed sequences with rarely seen photographs and footage from the Hubble telescope, interlaced with sung poetic movements. This poetic re-imagining is inspired and guided by Mario Livio's uniquely sensitive and intellectual writings.

NOVEMBER 9-12, 2017

LA Opera Off Grand at REDCAT – Los Angeles

Music by Keeril Makan | Libretto by Jay Scheib after the film by Ingmar Bergman | Directed by Jay Scheib

Based on Ingmar Bergman's classic film, PERSONA is a provocative and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity. In an isolated summer house, a young nurse becomes caretaker of a stage actress who has suddenly lost the ability to speak. The deepening layers of their unsettling relationship unfold in a taut psychological drama, revealed through a unique aural landscape and a richly layered production.

DECEMBER 6-10, 2017

BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC

created by Geoff Sobelle

HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

JANUARY 9-20, 2018

NEW YORK CITY

Co-Produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE

JANUARY 9-14, 2018

GELSEY KIRKLAND ARTS CENTER

Music by Michael Gordon | Libretto by Deborah Artman | Directed by Daniel Fish

In the new opera ACQUANETTA, the spirit of 1940s horror movies is turned inside out in a bravura, one-act deconstruction of the genre that explores how vision relates to identity. Characters include the mad scientist Doctor, the insistent Ape, the reluctant Brainy Woman, the visionary Director and the beautiful Acquanetta, aka Mildred Davenport, an actress who disguised her identity. Acquanetta examines the ways the movie camera manipulates how we see and are seen.

January 10-13, 18-20, 2018

BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Composer/Co-Creator Mikael Karlsson | Co-Librettist/Co-Creator/Environment Designer Elle Kunnos de Voss | Co-Librettist Kathryn Walat

Convicted murderer Walker Loats is trapped in a timeless prison. Unexpectedly befriended by a moth with an offer of a perceived way to freedom, Walker must choose between paying her dues or taking a shortcut that offers to rig the game in her favor. Oscillating between the confines of a tiny cell and an expansive visual world of animation, The Echo Drift unravels a cycle of deceit, temptation, seduction, and fantastical perception. Featuring a live chamber ensemble, electronics, and a six-channel surround sound system, this world premiere opera explores the freewheeling nature of the mind when it is robbed of external stimuli and questions, when in extreme circumstances, is it possible to act in a way that goes against one’s nature?

MARCH 5 2018

THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, NEW YORK

Music by Ted Hearne | Libretto by Saul Williams | Directed by Patricia McGregor | Designed by Sanford Biggers | Featuring Allison Semmes and Steven Bradshaw

Part meditation, part confrontation, 'Place' examines the complex consequences of a rupture in the place we call home. Boundaries crossed within a young family mirror the fault lines that are exposed when the desire for expansion by some causes displacement for others. Where will the impulse to claim our space lead us next; what is left to colonize and at what cost?

MARCH 7-11, 2018

NEW ZEALAND FESTIVAL, WELLINGTON

created by Geoff Sobelle

HOME is a large-scale performance work that explores and explodes the relationship between “House” and “Home.” A visual physical spectacle, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering, and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose a work that asks, where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? In the face of entropy, we struggle to build infra- structure, family, community, art. We fail, and we try again.

MARCH 17, 2018

NATIONAL SAWDUST, BROOKLYN

Beth Morrison Projects is proud to announce, NEXT GENERATION, an initiative for emerging opera composers to be held on March 17, 2017. Through this discovery series, we are seeking submissions from early career composers currently attending or within four years of completing a degree program. The grand prize will be the full commission of an evening-length opera and commitment to producing a full production of the commissioned work for at least an east coast premiere. We are committed to championing the next generation of opera composers and see this competition as integral to this mission.

FARGO-MOORHEAD OPERA, NORTH DAKOTA

Music and Libretto by David T Little | Music Direction by Todd Reynolds | Directed by Ashley Tata | Featuring Christopher Burchett

Soldier Songs is an evening-length multimedia event that combines elements of theater, opera, rock-infused concert music, and film footage by Bill Morrison to explore the perceptions versus the realities of the Soldier, the exploration of loss and exploitation of innocence, and the difficulty of expressing the truth of war.

MAY 3-4, 2018

THE MUSIC CENTER AT STRATHMORE (North Bethesda, Maryland)

Created by Jeremy Schonfeld | Directed by Kevin Newbury | Music Direction and Arragenments by David Bloom | Featuring Contemporaneous, Jeremy Schonfeld

IRON & COALis a powerful and personal rock-opera by critically acclaimed composer and performer Jeremy Schonfeld. Taking inspiration from his father Gustav’s memoir “Absence of Closure,” Schonfeld traces his father’s attempts to create a life out of the ashes having spent a year in Auschwitz in 1944-45 at the age of ten. Having been one of the few survivors along with his family, Gustav was saved because of his father’s work as a doctor. Schonfeld weaves memories of his own early childhood and his own coming to terms with the death of his father Gustav and with the birth of his own son. The ghosts of a distant and vanished world, both of horror and the iron will to survive, mix with the present in this truly remarkable concept album that will now be brought to life on stage using animation, projections, a band, youth chorus, and youth orchestra to celebrate the indomitable spirit of our ancestors and the legacy we carry with us.

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