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!

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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