New Digital Music Publishing Site, PSNY, to Feature Select AOP Composers

November 2, 2011

Schott Music, one of the world’s leading music publishing houses, has launched a new digital music publishing platform called PSNY, Project Schott New York.  AOP composers and collaborators Kamran Ince, Hannah Lash, David T. Little, Tobias Picker, Alvin Singleton and Gregory Spears will be among the group of artists participating in the pilot phase of this new and innovative publishing strategy.

Check out PSNY here: http://www.eamdllc.com/psny/about/

AOP Composers with corresponding Projects:

Kamran Ince—Judgment of Midas (January 2011)

Hannah Lash—Composers & the Voice (2006)

David T. Little—Opera Grows in Brooklyn (July 2009)

Tobias Picker—Composers & the Voice Composer Mentor

Alvin Singleton–Brooklyn Bones: Requiem for the Revolutionary War Prison Ship Martyrs (November 2008)

Gregory Spears—Paul’s Case (June 2010) and The Lost Laïs of Albion (September 2011)

Kamran Ince

Kamran Ince, one of several AOP composers to be featured on Project Schott New York


Flashmob, Opera-Style: “Paul’s Case” around New York City

June 29, 2010
Paul's Case at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Thomas Wazelle (center, in bowler hat) and Dorian Balis (left, in vest) perform a scene from "Paul's Case" in Brooklyn Bridge Park

On June 21st, the first day of summer, AOP took part in Sing For Hope’s 2010 Make Music New York Festival, which placed upwards of 60 pianos in various locations around NYC. Making good use of pianos in the Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, the Band Shell in Central Park, and Columbus Circle, AOP took the stage with a scene from Act II of Paul’s Case, by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Kathryn Walat. As bystanders looked on, Thomas Wazelle and Dorian Balis, accompanied by Scott Rednour and lead by Silas Huff, performed opera in period dress.

Here’s a brief account of the Columbus Circle piano by the New York Post. Check out the 3:34pm entry for AOP’s contribution to the day of music!

While the performers showcased Paul’s Case, AOP was busy with both still and video cameras, recording the entire process. Expect a compilation video soon! In the meantime, go here to learn more about Paul’s Case, or check out this blog post to learn about where else this up-and-coming new opera is being performed!


“Enlightening” Performance of Paul’s Case in Los Angeles

June 29, 2010
Paul's Case in L.A.

The Opera America cast of Paul's Case, performing in L.A. on June 11th

AOP is pleased to announce the great success of the recent production of Paul’s Case, by composer Gregory Spears and Librettist Kathryn Walat, with Opera America’s New Works Sampler 2010! On Friday, June 11th, excerpts from Paul’s Case, featuring Hak Soo Kim in the title role, were performed alongside numerous other new operas at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Robert E. Lee, President and Managing Director of AOP, traveled to California to be in the audience. “It was enlightening and encouraging to hear how well the piece came across with a new cast we’d never worked with before,” he said in an interview. “This fascinating new take on the opera was played in a more lyrical style. I’d been used to hearing its more angular, rhythmical elements, and so to hear such different facets of the piece was a pleasant surprise, and quite enjoyable. ”

“It was great to have received so many unsolicited comments of praise about the piece,” Lee continued, commenting on the public reception of the showcase.  “This is a very discerning crowd full of experienced professionals. So, it was especially heartening to hear that people liked the performance.”


“Paul’s Case” goes to Los Angeles

April 29, 2010

American Opera Projects is extremely proud to announce that excerpts from Paul’s Case have been selected to appear in OPERA America’s New Works Sampler 2010!!

OPERA America conference bannerAOP is thrilled to have been chosen once again for this honor; Opera companies nationwide submit their pieces to the conference, and Paul’s Case joins an already impressive lineup of performances.  OPERA America is working with the Los Angeles Opera and their Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program to produce a compilation concert of new operatic works, dubbed the New Works Sampler. This exciting production will take place as part of OPERA America’s Opera Conference 2010: New Realities/New Strategies on June 11,2010.  Gregory Spears, composer of Paul’s Case, will also be making the journey to LA to represent his composition on the West Coast.

Stay tuned for a cast list as singers are auditioned!


Paul’s Case selected as “Best in Classical Music for 2009”

December 17, 2009

Paul's CaseDavid Patrick Stearns at the Philadelphia Inquirer selected the first full workshop of the opera Paul’s Case for his classical music ten best list for 2009.  Stearns praised its “solid dramatic timing, compassionate characterizations, and huge potential.” The opera by Gregory Spears based on a story by Willa Cather was presented in September as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival by Center City Opera. The work is currently in development at American Opera Projects, having originated during the 2007-08 season of Composers & the Voice.

Read the full article…


Paul’s Case composer wins Jerome Composers Commissioning Program grant

November 6, 2009

Gregory Spears

Gregory Spears

Paul’s Case composer and C&V alum Gregory Spears has been awarded funds by the Jerome Composers Commissioning Program to write a piece for The JACK Quartet in New York City. According to the American Composers Forum website, “This program, funded by the Jerome Foundation, supports the creation of new musical works by emerging composers, composer/performers, improvisers and sound artists. JCCP supports the creator’s commissioning fee.”

View a full list of 2009 JCCP winners


MusicWeb raves over “mesmerizing new chamber opera, Paul’s Case”

October 2, 2009

The first piano-vocal workshop of Greg Spears‘s opera-in-development Paul’s Case made a great impression on Jeffrey Edelstein over at Music Web International who asserted it to be “a beautiful, heartrending work.”

Pauls Case in Philadelphia, Sep 2009

Paul's Case in Philadelphia, Sep 2009

The opera currently being developed by AOP and based on a short story by Willa Cather, was presented by Center City Opera Theater (conNEXTions 2009: The Next Generation of Opera in conjunction with the Philadelphia Fringe Festival) at the St. Stephen’s Theater in Philadelphia on Sep 11, 13, and 15.

Read full review…


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