“Our Basic Nature” at Nautilus Music Theater

November 18, 2010

Audiences in St. Paul, Minnesota were given a walk on the wild side this past Monday and Tuesday evening, November 15th and 16th, when AOP’s First Chance Opera-In-Development “Our Basic Nature” was presented by Nautilus Music Theater as part of their “Rough Cuts” series.  With music by John Glover and libretto by Kelley Rourke, the performance featured baritone Andrew Wilkowske and pianist/music director Jocelyn Dueck.

The one-act monodrama, which is to be presented at The Greene Space in NYC on December 10th, is based on the memoirs of Maurice Temerlin, who in 1964 adopted a chimpanzee named Lucy and attempted to raise her as his own daughter.  In 2010, Lucy’s story also served as a one-hour Radiolab (WNYC) episode, “Radiolab Show 702- Lucy,” which the opera is based on.

No stranger to the radio waves, the story of Lucy was heard again by Minnesota Public Radio arts reporter Chris Roberts, who produced an audio assemblage about the production for a 4:51pm November 15th airing of All Thing Considered.  Listen here.

AOP Projects receive funding

August 6, 2010

Some major organizations have shown their support for new opera by funding several AOP upcoming projects. AOP gives great thanks to these contributors.


Semmelweis – The Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  Funding for “credible and compelling work exploring the worlds of science and technology and to challenge the existing stereotypes of scientists and engineers in the popular imagination.” www.operaprojects.org/semmelweis

Our Basic NatureOur Basic Nature – Meet the Composer’s MetLife Creative Connections. “MetLife Creative Connections provides support for American composers to participate in public activities related to specific performances of their original music. By supporting the composer’s interaction with audiences, performers, arts organizations, and local communities, Metlife Creative Connections aims to increase public awareness and enhance the creative artist’s role in society.” www.operaprojects.org/ourbasicnature

DarklingDarkling – The Aaron Copland Fund for Music supporting the upcoming studio recording of Darkling. “The program’s objectives are to document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers, to develop audiences for contemporary American music through record distribution and other retail markets, and to support the release and dissemination of recordings of previously unreleased contemporary American music…” www.operaprojects.org/darkling

And multi-year grants confirmed from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.

AOP applauds these recent grants and the continued support of our many individuals and fans. Please consider a donation today to join these important and necessary supporters of the arts.

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