Heart of Darkness continues to inspire – London’s The Daily Telegraph

July 20, 2009

Joseph Conrad

This July, the London Daily Telegraph published a piece profiling the legacy of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. In the piece, the Telegraph mentioned the upcoming opera based on Conrad’s novella by Tarik O’Regan, which is currently in workshop with AOP.

“Like some deeply bruised cloud hovering thunderously above a summer picnic, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness threatens us still, more than a century since its publication.

Few works have entertained, excited and troubled minds as much. It has inspired music – including a forthcoming opera by Tarik O’Regan – and spawned numerous radio, theatre, film and television adaptations, the most famous being Apocalypse Now. TS Eliot’s The Hollow Men did more for the work’s projection towards a readership, quoting the phrase: “Mistah Kurtz, he dead.” It infused Ronan Bennett’s The Catastrophist and haunts both John le Carré’s The Constant Gardener and The Mission Song. VS Naipaul and Graham Greene were swept up by it, as were Nick Davies in writing Dark Heart along with Sven Lindquist’s Exterminate All the Brutes, Michaela Wrong’s In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz, and Tim Butcher’s Blood River. This weekend, at the Festival Hall in London, there will be two five-hour readings of the book, complete with piano accompaniment.

What is it about Heart of Darkness that has this horrid hold on our consciousness?”

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Former AOP Artistic Director Steven Osgood’s Production of Massenet’s La Navarraise Recieves Rave Reviews

July 20, 2009

Steven Osgood

AOP is excited to announce that Jules Massenet’s one act opera La Navarraise received a rave review from Harry Rolnick of ConcertoNet.  In particular, AOP is proud of the recognition our former Artistic Director, Steven Osgood, received.  Rolnick paid special attention to the New York City Opera Orchestra under Osgood’s baton.  Michael Zegarski, with whom AOP has collaborated on Séance on a Wet Afternoon, the Composers & the Voice song workshop, and is a board member of AOP, served in the ensemble and was singled out by Rolnick for his performance in the “delicious song ‘For Wine! For Cider.’”  Andrew Drost, who sang the role or Ramon, is another AOP alumnus, having sung in the Voice of Brooklyn concert.  Baritone, Jeffrey Tucker, who collaborated with AOP on Before Night Falls, sang the role of Bustamente.

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle profiles Opera Grows in Brooklyn

July 16, 2009

New Opera Takes Center Stage At Galapagos in DUMBO

by Brooklyn Eagle (edit@brooklyneagle.net), published online 07-15-2009
Girls on the F Train and The Witches of BushwickBy Zoe Thomas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

DUMBO – The opera is coming to town, but in this case you won’t need binoculars, tuxedos or even an expensive ticket to get in.

“Opera Grows in Brooklyn” will have its second installment at the Galapagos Art Center in DUMBO tomorrow, presented by American Opera Projects (AOP) and Opera on Tap.

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Dolores M. Koch, 1928-2009

July 14, 2009
Dr. Dolores M. Koch

Dr. Dolores M. Koch

AOP is saddened to announce the passing of Dolores M. Koch, co-librettist for Jorge Martín’s opera Before Night Falls.  Dr. Koch was a close personal friend of the opera’s subject, poet Reinaldo Arenas, and was an important bridge to his story as the opera developed.

Martín lamented that he was “so sorry Dolores did not get to see the premiere of BNF. … She was a living link to Reinaldo Arenas, and shared with him, I think, a greatness of spirit.”

AOP Executive Director Charles Jarden remarked, “AOP’s contact with Dolores was limited to a few visits during the pre-production time of the BNF workshops, but it was easy to feel her profound integrity and dignity.”

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