Love/Hate composer commissioned by Minnesota Opera for full-length work

March 25, 2009

Jack Perla

Jack Perla

Love/Hate composer and C&V alumnus Jack Perla has been commissioned by Minnesota Opera to compose a new work for the 2012-13 season – the esteemed company’s 50th anniversary. Part of MO’s newly created Minnesota OperaWorks, “a landmark program designed to invigorate the operatic repertoire with an infusion of contemporary works,” Perla’s yet-to-be-announced opera “will be based on an American story in an American genre, well-suited to Jack Perla’s contemporary voice, which is rooted in jazz, fusion and classical traditions.” It is one of three newly commissioned operas announced for production in the next seven seasons through the OperaWorks program.

Read the entire the MO press release here.

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AOP represented at OPERA America 2009 Conference

March 23, 2009

The opera moguls and mavens who will descend on Houston next month for the OPERA America Conference 2009 will be treated to a healthy portion of AOP in the event’s New Works Sampler series. The organization’s annual showcase will feature selections from two upcoming premieres that originally developed at American Opera Projects:

Before Night Falls (Ft. Worth Opera)
Composer: Jorge Martin
Librettist: Jorge Martin/Dolores M. Koch

Séance on a Wet Afternoon (Opera Santa Barbara)
Composer: Stephen Schwartz
Librettist: Stephen Schwartz

According to OPERA America’s news release…

Students from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music will present samples in a cabaret-style setting on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light snacks and a cash bar will be available during the performance.

More information and tickets to Opera Conference 2009 – MAKING OPERA MATTER.


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