THE 2016-2017 SEASON CALENDAR

AUGUST 6, 2016

PROSPECT PARK BANDSHELL AT THE BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL (BROOKLYN, NY)

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, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, The Washington Chorus, 1B1 Ensemble, and NOVUS NY

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.

SEPTEMBER 10-17, 2016

CUTLER MAJESTIC THEATRE (BOSTON, MA)

Music by Paola Prestini (Gilgamesh), Scott Wheeler (Naga), and Zhou Long (Madame White Snake) | Trilogy Libretto by Cerise Jacobs

Ouroboros is a three-part exploration of life, death and rebirth, as symbolized by the ancient Greek icon of a serpent eating its own tail. The trilogy, produced by Beth Morrison Projects and The Friends of Madame White Snake, will be presented in Boston in the fall of 2016, both as individual operas and as seven hour full-day events. The production will bring together an acclaimed artistic team, including conductors Carolyn Kuan, Julian Wachner, and Lan Shui, and composers Zhou Long, Paola Prestini, and Scott Wheeler. Many extraordinary Boston music institutions such as The New England Conservatory of Music, The Boston Children’s Chorus, Arts Emerson, The Boston Children’s Museum and the Celebrity Series of Boston are participating in the project.

Madame White Snake, co-commissioned by Opera Boston and the Beijing Music Festival, premiered in 2010 at Opera Boston and was brought to Beijing by Beth Morrison Projects for its Asian premiere at the Beijing Music Festival. Madame White Snake went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2011, and will be performed in concert by the National Taiwan Symphony in the fall of 2013.

SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 1, 2016

PERELMAN THEATER (PHILADELPHIA, PA)

Music by Missy Mazzoli | Libretto by Royce Vavrek

Set in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1970s, BREAKING THE WAVES, tells the story of Bess McNeill, a religious young woman with a deep love for her husband Jan, a handsome oil rig worker. When Jan becomes paralyzed in an off-shore accident, Bess’s marital vows are put to the test as he encourages her to seek other lovers and return to his bedside to tell him of her sexual activities. He insists that the stories will feel like they are making love together and keep him alive. Bess’s increasing selflessness leads to a finale of divine grace, but at great cost.

OCTOBER 19-23, 2016

LA OPERA/REDCAT (LOS ANGELES, CA)

Music by Ted Hearne | Libretto by Mark Doten

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning gave hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. However, The Source is not a linear depiction of the events leading to Manning’s eventual arrest and the 35-year prison sentence she has been serving since 2013, nor is it a retreading of the media hysteria surrounding her story. Instead, the opera approaches Manning's identity by engaging with the content of the leaks themselves: that is, the day-to-day accounts of the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NOVEMBER 3, 2016

THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM (BOSTON, MA) SONG CYCLE VERSION

Music by Missy Mazzoli | Libretto by Royce Vavrek | Featuring Abigail Fischer as Isabelle Eberhardt

Isabelle Eberhardt was born in 1877 in Geneva, Switzerland. At age 19, after the death of her father, mother and brother in quick succession, she travelled alone to Algeria. She dressed as a man, converted to Islam and joined a Sufi order, roamed the desert on horseback and fell in love with an Algerian soldier. After surviving an attempted assassination and a failed suicide pact with her lover, Isabelle drowned in a desert flash flood at age 27. Her journals were salvaged from the wreckage. This is her song. 

NOVEMBER 18-20, 2016

LA IN BROOKLYN

NATIONAL SAWDUST (BROOKLYN, NY)

Music by Ellen Reid, Ted Hearne, and Jodie Landau

Three concerts over the course of one weekend, bringing LA to Brooklyn for a one-of-kind collaboration. 

Ellen Reid and wild Up / memory/nostalgia/somesuch thing

Friday, November 18, 2016 / 7pm

Featuring music by composer Ellen Reid and her reflections on the past, memory, and the concept of home.

wild Up / Ascension

Saturday, November 19, 2016 / 7pm

The LA based modern music collective brings the music of Ted Hearne, John Coltrane and more to Brooklyn for a one-night showcase. Curated by Ted Hearne and Christopher Rountree.

wild Up featuring music by Jodie Landau

Saturday, November 19, 2016 / 10pm

Jodie Landau brings his unique combination of chamber music, jazz, and rock to the visceral soundscape of this LA based ensemble.

DECEMBER 1-11, 2016

ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (MIAMI, FL)

Music and Lyrics by TODD ALMOND | Directed by KEVIN NEWBURY Featuring TODD ALMOND & COURTNEY LOVE

KANSAS CITY CHOIR BOY is a theatricalized concept album about love altered by unexpected fate. A mystery told through flashbacks, the show tells the story of two lovers in small town America who separate when one goes in search of her destiny and then disappears. Kansas City Choir Boy is a love song for the computer age and a product of the 24-hour news cycle that feeds on the stories of the anonymous “missing.”

JANUARY 5-15, 2017

NEW YORK CITY

Co-Produced by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE

PROTOTYPE – OPERA/THEATRE/NOW is an annual festival of visionary opera-theatre and music-theatre works by pioneering contemporary artists from New York City and around the world. PROTOTYPE is a co-production of Beth Morrison Projects and HERE, two leaders in the creation and presentation of contemporary, post-classical, multi-disciplinary opera-theatre and music-theatre work. 

JANUARY 6-9, 2017 (PROTOTYPE 2017)

NYU SKIRBALL CENTER (NEW YORK CITY)

composed by Missy Mazzoli | libretto by Royce Vavrek

Set in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1970s, Breaking the Waves, tells the story of Bess McNeill, a religious young woman with a deep love for her husband Jan, a handsome oil rig worker. When Jan becomes paralyzed in an off-shore accident, Bess's marital vows are put to the test as he encourages her to seek other lovers and return to his bedside to tell him of her sexual activities. He insists that the stories will feel like they are making love together and keep him alive. Bess's increasing selflessness leads to a finale of divine grace, but at great cost.

JANUARY 5-14, 2017 (PROTOTYPE 2017)

MATA HARI (WORLD PREMIERE)

HERE ARTS CENTER (NEW YORK CITY)

Music by Matt Marks I Libretto by Paul Peers

The story is inspired by the life of Mata Hari, the exotic dancer who was executed for espionage during World War I. The story is placed during last months of her life while incarcerated in St. Lazare prison, Paris, France. It focuses on her relationships with the five men that lead to her execution in 1917.

JANUARY 7-14, 2017 (PROTOTYPE 2017)

BRIC (BROOKLYN, NY)

Music by David Lang | Libretto by Mark Dion and David Lang | Directed by Bob McGrath | Featuring ICE

Based on texts from the 18th century, Anatomy Theater follows the progression of an English murderess from her confession to execution, to denouncement, and finally to dissection, including an anatomy lesson for curious onlookers.

JANUARY 28, 2017

ASU GAMMAGE (TEMPE, AZ)

Co-created by composer PAOLA PRESTINI, writer and performer RINDE ECKERT, and director and designer JULIAN CROUCH

AGING MAGICIAN is a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. 

FEBRUARY 2, 2017

SOUND FROM THE BENCH (TOUR)

THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM (BOSTON, MA)

Music by Ted Hearne I Libretto by Jena Osman

Sound From the Bench is a 35-minute cantata for chamber choir, two electric guitars and drums, with a libretto by Jena Osman. It was co-commissioned by Volti and The Crossing. A reaction to Osman's "Corporate Relations" -- an incredible collection of poems that follows the historical trajectory of corporate personhood in the United States -- the five movements of Sound from the Benchcombine language taken from landmark Supreme Court Cases with words from ventriloquism textbooks.

FEBRUARY 24- MARCH 3RD, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA (SAN FRANCISCO, CA)

Music by Ted Hearne | Libretto by Mark Doten

Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning has many identities: adrift adolescent, emboldened whistleblower, traitor to her country. In this penetrating music-theatre work, Brooklyn-based composer Ted Hearne and director Daniel Fish dive into the media hysteria responsible for the many faces of the Army private who infamously leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

FEBRUARY 28, 2017

CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT PENN STATE (UNIVERSITY PARK , PA)

Music by Darcy James Argue | Visuals by Danijel Zezelj | Scenic and Projection Design by Jim Findlay | Featuring Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Big band jazz punctuated by stunning video animation and live painting, Brooklyn Babylon tells the tale of Lev, a carpenter in a future Brooklyn, tasked with building a carousel to crown the tallest tower in the world. It's an urban fable co-created by acclaimed graphic novelist and illustrator Danijel Zezelj and Grammy-nominated composer Darcy James Argue. The story unfolds wordlessly through the combination of video, live painting, and an original score performed by Argue's 18-piece jazz big band, Secret Society. 

MARCH 2-12, 2017

NEW VICTORY THEATER (NYC)

Co-created by composer PAOLA PRESTINI, writer and performer RINDE ECKERT, and director and designer JULIAN CROUCH

AGING MAGICIAN is a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. 

MAY 25, 2017

HUBBLE CANTATA (TOUR)

Music by Paola Prestini | Libretto by Royce Vavrek | Conducted by Julian Wacner | Visuals by Eliza McNitt | Presented by Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | Narrated by Astrophysicist Mario Livio | Featuring Nathan Gunn, Talise Trevigne, The Washington Chorus

Hubble Cantata is a contemporary multimedia cantata written by composer Paola Prestini, featuring soprano Talise Trevigne, baritone Nathan Gunn. 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.

JUNE 2, 2017

NICO MUHLY : MUSIC FOR COUNTERTENOR

THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM (BOSTON , MA)

Music by Nico Muhly

Exploration of the counter-tenor 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.

JUNE 15-18, 2017

LA OPERA/REDCAT (LOS ANGELES, CA)

Music by Kamala Sankaram | Libretto by Susan Yankowitz

Thumbprint, a 90-minute contemporary opera-theatre work by Kamala Sankaram and Susan Yankowitz, is inspired by the experiences of Mukhtar Mai, the first female victim of gang rape to bring her male attackers to justice in Pakistan. In lieu of a financial settlement, Mai requested the construction of schools for girls. She hoped to educate the young to help prevent the humiliation of signing their name with only a thumbprint.

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