Henry’s Wife Selected for MSM’s New American Opera Premieres

November 19, 2010

In other exciting news, AOP was informed this week that Randall Eng’s opera “Henry’s Wife” was selected by Manhattan School of Music for their New American Opera Premieres series, to be presented on Sunday, March 13, 2011.  This performance will mark the 9th year that American Opera Projects has collaborated with MSM, Opera Index, and Encompass New Opera Theatre.

“Henry’s Wife,” which is currently in development as part of AOP’s First Chance series and was part of the Composers & The Voice series in 2004, tells the story of Henry, a famous, reclusive artist living with his daughter and second wife on a secluded estate.  When a young journalist is summoned to the estate for Henry’s first interview in decades, the characters’ lives are turned inside out…but by who or what remains to be seen.

Stay tuned for further details!


“Our Basic Nature” at Nautilus Music Theater

November 18, 2010

Audiences in St. Paul, Minnesota were given a walk on the wild side this past Monday and Tuesday evening, November 15th and 16th, when AOP’s First Chance Opera-In-Development “Our Basic Nature” was presented by Nautilus Music Theater as part of their “Rough Cuts” series.  With music by John Glover and libretto by Kelley Rourke, the performance featured baritone Andrew Wilkowske and pianist/music director Jocelyn Dueck.

The one-act monodrama, which is to be presented at The Greene Space in NYC on December 10th, is based on the memoirs of Maurice Temerlin, who in 1964 adopted a chimpanzee named Lucy and attempted to raise her as his own daughter.  In 2010, Lucy’s story also served as a one-hour Radiolab (WNYC) episode, “Radiolab Show 702- Lucy,” which the opera is based on.

No stranger to the radio waves, the story of Lucy was heard again by Minnesota Public Radio arts reporter Chris Roberts, who produced an audio assemblage about the production for a 4:51pm November 15th airing of All Thing Considered.  Listen here.


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