AOP REVIEWS: “Remarkable series” Opera Grows in Brooklyn “an open-minded night of musical experimentation”

July 14, 2010

Galapagos Art Space was the place to be for another night of drinks and drama at Opera Grows in Brooklyn, the hit series from AOP and Opera on Tap.

Just look at what the blogs had to say…

Nicole Mitchell at Opera Grows in Brooklyn

Nicole Mitchell sings "Songs from Hood to Riches"

Parterrebox:

“…it seems clear that the Brooklyn hipster is destined to be the next audience for opera.”

“…once again some amazing surprises were presented by this rag-tag bunch of very experimental artists.”

“…the old and new guard of opera viewers mingled in an open-minded night of musical experimentation.”

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Opera Insider:

“I for one do not intend to miss another installment of this remarkable series!!! … the eclectic and sometimes challenging musical offerings [are] beautifully framed by the contemporary space and the relaxed, social atmosphere.”

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Adrienne Danrich performs the Calamus Songs

Adrienne Danrich

The July 9 show kicked off with the rousing set Brooklyn Poets – Past and Present, a combination of songs from AOP and the Walt Whitman Project’s Calamus Songs (Daniel Felsenfeld, Andrew Staniland) and “Songs from Hood to Riches” (Gilda Lyons). Soprano Adrienne Danrich and cellist Hamilton Berry drew thunderous applause for the Whitman settings and mezzo Nicole Mitchell continued her dramatic interpretations of Lyons’s songs based on the poetry of Brooklyn children featuring longtime AOP artist Kelly Horsted on the piano.

Ross Benoliel and Indre Viskontas get busy in the "Chamber"

Ross Benoliel and Indre Viskontas get busy in the "Chamber"

The night continued with singer/songwriter Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts, a disturbing and touching series of portraits about voluntary amputees featuring the incredible piano stylings of Kathleen Supové. Soprano Indre Viskontas and baritone Ross Benoliel brought sexy back with The Bloody Chamber by Daniel Felsenfeld, a new opera being developed by the former C&V composer (prolific, ain’t he?) and staged by the Vineyard Theater’s Sarah Stern.

Opera Grows in Brooklyn will return to Galapagos in 2010 on October 15 and December 10 with all new cutting edge scenes and songs. Mark your calendars now!


AOP stalwart soprano “rich, bright, crackling with electricity”

November 23, 2008
Soprano Caroline Worra with composer Stephen Schwartz at the AOP workshop for Schwartz's "Seance on a Wet Afternoon."

Soprano Caroline Worra with composer Stephen Schwartz at the AOP workshop for Schwartz's "Seance on a Wet Afternoon."

Longtime AOP supporter, Composers & the Voice singer, and all around powerhouse performer Caroline Worra was singled out in a November issue of TimeOut NY – the weekly mag of events and all things hip in New York City. In a section called “We Got Next”, the mag asks a bevy of notable artists to “give a nod to the rising stars they’re watching.” And according to opera composer (and C&V composer chair) Mark Adamo, that rising star is Ms. Worra who he lauds as “an immaculate musician.” Read the full article here.


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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