I recently had the great pleasure to attend Opera America's New Works Showcase at Trinity Wall Street in NYC. For those who aren't familiar with Opera America, it is a service organization for opera companies and one of its primary missions is to promote new opera while supporting the companies trying to bring new work to the stage. Over the past 20 years or so, there has been more new opera written than in the previous 100 years. We are in the midst of a renaissance and to be able to be a part of it is the most exciting thing about The Vermont Opera Project. Opera America has posted the entire concert on YouTube and I tried to break it down per piece so it was a bit easier to navigate. Enjoy!
Beowulf by Hannah Lash
Beowulf starts at 6:30. It is beautiful and deeply moving. The world premiere will be with Guerilla Opera in Boston in May 2016. Click here for dates and times.
The Invention of Morel by Stewart Copeland and Jonathan Moore
Starts at 39:58. This piece is so fun and so infectious. It will make its premiere at Chicago Opera Theater in 2017.
A thousand splendid suns by Sheila silver and stephen kitsakos
Starts at 1:16. I am lucky enough to represent Leslie Swackhamer, who is the director working closely with Sheila Silver and Stephen Kitsakos to create this piece. I absolutely love this piece and would love to bring it to Vermont. You can learn more here.
Dream of the Red Chamber by Bright Sheng and David henry Hwang
This was a beautiful way to end the evening. This opera was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera and will debut next September. Any one up for a road trip?