August 6, 2013
New York-based operamission will present ‘Creating the Work: Antinous and Hadrian’ in collaboration with Queer Urban Orchestra on August 28, 29, and September 7, 2013. This three-part series gives audiences the chance to follow the reading of a new opera from rehearsals through performance. Around 35-45 minutes of music will be examined each session by a rotating cast of singers led by tenor Tommy Wazelle as “Antinous” and bass Cory Clines as “Hadrian”. Antinous and Hadrian tells the story of the Roman emperor Hadrian and his love for the Greek youth Antinous, upon whose death the distraught emperor had proclaimed a god. It was developed during composer Clint Borzoni’s fellowship at the American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice (C&V) program. Librettist Edward Ficklin and conductor Jennifer Peterson are also alums of the program. Performances will be at The Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 Ninth Avenue at 28th Street, New York City.