Music Direction DAVID BLOOM


Projection Design ADAM THOMPSON

Lighting Design EMILY CLARKSON


National Sawdust - 80 N 6th St, Brooklyn

February 20 - 21, 2019 

Tickets to February 20

Tickets to February 21


BMP: Next Generation is a new initiative to discover the next generation of music-theatre and opera-theatre compositional voices. The two finalists chosen in the 2018 cycle, Michael Lanci and Emma O’Halloran, return to National Sawdust in February to showcase new and original 30-minute works. Lanci’s satirical operetta will tackle a congresswoman’s revelation about climate change and the effects of money in politics. O’Halloran’s monodrama about the inner life of a murderess explores how our secret personal history gets misrepresented in the public eye. Following the performance, one of these two finalists will receive a commission for a full evening-length operatic work to be developed, premiered, and toured by BMP.



These new 30-minute works commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects. BMP: Next Generation is funded in part by an OPERA America Innovation Grant, funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation as well as by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Michael Lanci

is a composer and educator currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. His music is viscerally engaging and stylistically diverse, drawing from a wide range of influences. Recent projects include a collection of 5 protest songs dedicated to late nineteenth century singer-songwriter and labor rights activist Joe Hill, that was awarded the American Prize along with a commission for a new operatic work as part of the Beth Morrison Projects Next Generation Competition that will be premiered at National Sawdust in February of 2019.

Michael’s works have been performed at festivals such as the Cortona Sessions, Edmont Fringe Festival, Orford Festival, Detroit Bureau of Sound, Midwest Composers Symposium and Vox Novus Festival. He has received commissions from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Beyond Pluck, Unheard-of//Enesmble, Klangpar2 and the Vive! Ensemble. His works have been performed by the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Contemporaneous, Hypercube, All Of The Above, Buffalo Chamber Players, Duo d'Entre Deux and Decho Ensemble. 

Michael holds a B.M. in piano performance from SUNY Albany, where he also studied composition with Max Lifchitz and a M.M. in composition from SUNY Fredonia, where he studied with Rob Deemer and Karl Boelter. Michael completed his D.M.A. in composition at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he studied with Michael Fiday.

Emma O’Halloran

is an Irish composer and musician whose work moves freely between acoustic and electronic forces. Emma has written for folk musicians, chamber ensembles, turntables, laptop orchestra, and symphony orchestra, along with film and theatre. Her work has been performed at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, and MATA Festival, and she has collaborated with artists such as Crash Ensemble, Contemporaneous, the Refugee Orchestra Project, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. She is a winner of the inaugural National Sawdust Hildegard Competition.


An advocate for inclusivity in classical music, Emma is one of the founding members of the #HearAllComposers campaign, a social media campaign designed to bring attention to issues of gender, race and socio-economic discrimination in the music world by positively promoting an inclusive array of composers and their work. She is also a member of Kinds of Kings composer collective.


Emma is interested in exploring the human experience in her work, often trying to map real or imagined moments in time to capture complex and powerful emotions. Emma lives in New Jersey and is currently a doctoral candidate at Princeton University.


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Beth Morrison Projects pays respect to the Lenape ancestors past, present, and future. While our staff is working from different remote locations and our work takes us to many unceded lands, we acknowledge that the BMP Brooklyn office is situated on the land of the Lenape people: Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland.


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