AOP featured in Dec issue of Opera News

December 5, 2008
AOP executive director Charles Jarden and company manager Matt Gray in the Dec 08 issue of Opera News.

AOP executive director Charles Jarden and company manager Matt Gray in the Dec 08 issue of Opera News.

American Opera Projects is featured in a two-page profile in the latest edition of Opera News. The Dec 2008 article by Barry Singer describes how “in trying economic times for the arts, American Opera Projects commits itself to the trickiest of all ventures — creating new operas and selling them to the public.”

Making new operas is an uneasy enterprise. No one — not the composers and librettists on the front lines, not the administrators and funders who succor them behind the scenes — really has a firm grasp on this business. New operas today demand musical savvy, dramaturgical savvy and marketing savvy in almost equal measure. They require audience analysis, along with readings and workshops — but in what proportions, and at what cost? In our slippery cultural epoch, it is especially hard to say.

For all that, American Opera Projects soldiers on. From a small warren of offices in a modest landmark building in Fort Greene, on the ever-gentrifying fringes of Brooklyn — a spot about as far from the vast stage of the Metropolitan Opera as one can get in New York City and still be within the five boroughs’ confines — American Opera Projects grapples with the job of generating new American operas, one by one.

Read full article…


Heart of Darkness composer nabs 2 Grammy noms

December 5, 2008
Tarik O'Regan

Tarik O'Regan

Composer Tarik O’Regan‘s choral CD Threshold of Night (Harmonia Mundi) has been nominated for 2 Grammys for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards – Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance!

The NJ Star Ledger recently gave a 4-star review to the album, describing it as “…some of the most strikingly beautiful secular choral works of recent years.” Read full review.

O’Regan’s first opera Heart of Darkness, based on the Joseph Conrad novella with a libretto by artist Tom Phillips, is currently in development with AOP and was most recently workshopped in London in partnership with OperaGenesis and the Royal Opera House. O’Regan will present excerpts from his newest AOP opera-in-development The Wanton Sublime, based on the book by Darkling poet Anna Rabinowitz, at the Guggenheim Museum in January. Click here for more info on the January presentation.

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards will take place on February 8, 2009. It will be broadcast on CBS in the United States at 8PM EST.


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