Curator blog calls Opera Grows in Brooklyn a benefit to the city

April 6, 2009
Leona Carney, Kristen DiNinno, and Joseph Flaxman in Jack Perla's Love/Hate

Leona Carney, Kristen DiNinno, and Joseph Flaxman in Jack Perla's Love/Hate

The folks at The Curator blog recently stopped by Galapagos Art Space to check out Opera Grows in Brooklyn, the March 20 collaboration of new music presented by Opera on Tap, the Remarkable Theater Brigade and AOP. We were on hand to reprise our performance of scenes from Jack Perla’s Love/Hate that students from the Manhattan School of Music had presented at MSM earlier that week under the music direction of Silas Huff and stage direction of Caren France.

Linnea Leonard Kickasola called the evening “an exciting new level of work for these young companies. Brooklyn and the rest of the city will benefit from future collaborations like these.”

Read the full review here.

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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.


Whitman in Song travels up the Hudson

October 7, 2008
Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

This evening we will be performing our Walt Whitman in Song program in a special presentation for The Rockefeller Brothers Fund at Pocantico, the estate of John D. Rockefeller and home of Kykuit. We will be adding a new song to the program, premiering tonight – Gilda Lyons’s “Old Walt”, an a cappella piece for trio commissioned by AOP.

Walt Whitman in Song at Pocantico
Greg Trupiano, Walt Whitman Project, emcee
Kelly Horsted, music director and keyboard
Donna Smith, soprano
Adrienne Danrich, soprano
Matt Curran, bass

I C&V composers settings of Whitman texts:
“the silvery round moon” – Ray Lustig; (Donna)
“When lilacs last by the dooryard bloomed” – Jack Perla (Adrienne)
Wallabout Martyrs – Gilda Lyons, (Adrienne)
“O Me! O Life!” – Clint Borzoni (Matt)
“Old Walt” (Langston Hughs text) Gilda Lyons (Trio)

II Other composers with texts about or related to Whitman themes:
Aids Quilt song, deBlasio; Whitman text (Matt)
Star Spangled Banner with unpublished words by Whitman (Donna)
Hymn – “ My Days are Swiftly gliding by” Whitman weaves into “Speciman Days” (Donna)

III Other song texts with themes related to Whitman themes:
“Lady of the Harbor” – Lee Hoiby (Adrienne)
“Black Max,” Bill Bolcom (Matt)
“Jewel Song” from Gounod’s FAUST (Adrienne)
Duet from Mozart’s GIOVANNI (Adrienne and Matt)


Tan Dun and Stephen Schwartz join Composers & the Voice!

April 1, 2008

Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Tan DunEsteemed composers Tan Dun (pictured top right, The First Emperor, Marco Polo) and Stephen Schwartz (pictured bottom right, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Wicked, Godspell) have joined AOP’s composer development program Composers & the Voice! As “composer chairs” Mr. Tan and Mr. Schwartz will join Mark Adamo, Lee Hoiby, Dick Peaslee, and Tobias Picker in supporting and fostering AOP’s trailblazing program for emerging composers. Each of these distinguished composers will be personally associated with a selected C&V composer throughout the season with opportunities to hear their work, join C&V discussions, and provide one-on-one feedback.Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet. Stephen Schwartz

The 2008 Composers and Composer Chairs are:

Clint Borzoni – Lee Hoiby
Kristin Kuster – Tobias Picker
Raymond Lustig – Mark Adamo
Jack Perla – Dick Peaslee
Greg Spears – Stephen Schwartz
Andrew Staniland – Tan Dun

Music from this season’s composers will be presented at C&V First Glimpse on May 8 and 9. To meet this season’s composers, click here.


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