2016-2017 TOURING PRODUCTIONS

SEPTEMBER 22 - OCTOBER 1, 2016

BREAKING THE WAVES (WORLD PREMIERE WITH OPERA PHILADELPHIA)

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

THE SOURCE (TOUR)

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

A multimedia opera that combines live musical performance and original film, this compelling new work was inspired by the journals of Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904), one of the most remarkable women of her era. 

OCTOBER 1-10, 2015

DECEMBER 1-11, 2016

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 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 | 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 3

THE SOURCE (TOUR)

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.

MARCH 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 18, 2017

PRISM (WORKSHOP)

ASU GAMMAGE (TEMPE, AZ)

music by ELLEN REID libretto by ROXIE PERKINS conducted by JULIAN WACHNER

"PRISM" tells the story of a mother, V, and her daughter, L, who have locked themselves away from the world in order to heal L from a mysterious sickness that grows from within her. However, between the awakening of a new symptom and L's maturing relationship to her chorus of imaginary friends, L and V's carefully constructed world begins to crumble- causing L to question her mother's motivation for locking them away, and the very validity of her sickness. "LOVE" explores human's desperate need to make sense out of senseless situations, and the different ways we attempt to heal after a trauma- both one another, and ourselves. 

MAY 25, 2017

HUBBLE CANTATA (TOUR)

KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (Washington DC)

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 1, 2017

NICO MUHLY: MUSIC FOR COUNTERTENOR

THE ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM

Music by Nico Muhly with Anthony Roth Costanzo

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

THUMBPRINT (TOUR)

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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