Applications for 2007-08 season of Composers & the Voice now available

July 13, 2007

Steven Osgood at Composers & the VoiceAmerican Opera Projects is proud to announce the fifth season of our Composers & the Voice Workshop Series. Once again we will select 6 composers to work with the company’s Resident Ensemble of Singers. The primary focus of the Composers & the Voice Series is to give composers extensive experience working collaboratively with singers on writing for the voice. Workshop sessions focusing on libretto development are also integrated into the season. This series will include 11 workshop sessions between October, 2007 and May, 2008.

For more information and to download an application, click here.

AOP blog goes live!

July 5, 2007

American Opera Projects joins the blog world with an interactive branch of their website that allows audiences to read about and reply to AOP news and events. The blog will also be home to more audio and video excerpts of AOP works and the online journal of our artists as they take readers behind the scenes of AOP productions in development.

For more about the AOP blog: click here

Darkling plays to sold-out houses in Europe

July 3, 2007

Darkling in BerlinAudiences packed the houses to see Michael Comlish‘s touring version of Darkling when it visited Berlin, Germany and Gniezno, Poland this June. Over 600 people gathered in the Max Kade Auditorium at the Freie Universitat Berlin on June 9, to see Darkling as part of a city-wide celebration of the arts and sciences. Two days later in Poland, ancestral home to Darkling author Anna Rabinowitz and performer Elzbieta Czyzewska, audiences filled every one of the 350 seats in the Aleksander Fredro Theater and then unfilled them with a rapturous standing ovation at the end of the evening. Stefan Weisman‘s wonderful score was accompanied by members of ensemble courage from Dresden, Germany.

Pit of Despair!

July 3, 2007

Romulus floodThough some musicians may think they walk on water, the orchestra of Romulus had a chance to prove it when they arrived to a 6-inch pool of water filling their pit on May 19 – the day before opening night. During restoration on the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum a faulty sump pump was installed that failed to hold back the ground water from the heavy rains that pummelled New York City that week. Rehearsal proceeded as planned around the moat which was drained in time for a proper dress rehearsal the next morning.

AOP Receives Accolades for a Month of New Music

July 3, 2007


AOP, “known for bringing cutting-edge vocal productions to the masses,” (New York magazine) recently finished up an especially busy and rich run of performances, receiving wide praise from audiences and New York press. In May, a total of nine composers’ works were showcased at major venues in front of eager audiences. Besides, a “best date under $50” recommendation for Composers & the Voice, Time Out NY also praised AOP’s preview of the touring version of Darkling at New York City Opera’s VOX festival as “dark [and] absorbing.” The New York Times‘ review of Wall-to-Wall Opera at Symphony Space made special mention of Tarik O’Regan’s opera-in-development at AOP, Heart of Darkness, calling it ‘”a dense, dreamlike chamber opera heavily tinged with exoticism, like ‘Death in Venice‘ on steroids.” And the “appealingly lyrical” (The New Yorker) music of Louis Karchin’s opera Romulus (pictured above), staged at the Guggenheim Museum, prompted Steve Smith at The New York Times to conclude, “I would have happily stayed to hear it performed again.”

AOP Board members contribute to NYCO’s VOX

July 3, 2007

Vox banner

Besides AOP’s contribution on May 12 to New York City Opera’s VOX: Showcasing American Composers series, two of AOP’s board members will also be participating in the new music festival taking place at NYU’s Skirball Center in May. On May 11, Norman Ryan, Vice President of Composers & Repertoire at Schott Music Corp., serves on a panel in a private round table discussion for contributing artists to VOX and longtime AOP resident singer Michael Zegarski will lend his vocal talents to two performances in the series – Brian Current’s Airline Icarus (May 12, 3:30-4:20pm) and Marc Lowenstein’s The Fisher King (May 13, 3:30-4:15pm). AOP is presenting an excerpt from the touring version of Darkling, based on the book by poet… and AOP board member… Anna Rabinowitz. For the entire VOX 2007 schedule click here.

Time Out NY leads young lovers to C&V First Glimpse

July 3, 2007

Amy Van Roekel sings at Composers & the Voice

C&V First Glimpse is one half of a perfect date under $50 according to the May 10-16 issue of Time Out NY! The “soaring vocal performances” can be heard May 11-12 in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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