OperaFix, June 11 2018

The New Opera Days Ostrava Festival, A Gathering of Sons from Pittsburgh Festival Opera to be broadcast on WQED-TV, a new “Stonewall” opera and the NYOperaFest continues.

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This week in the new york opera fest

  • Wednesday and Thursday Opera on Tap is presenting it’s “Playground Opera: Hansel and Gretel” at PS 129 in Harlem. Opera on tap teams up with the Third grade class to perform Humperdinck’s Classic.
  • Thursday evening, The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance is hosting a masterclass at Hunter College with Artist Agent Ken Benson of Ken Benson Artists and (formerly of Columbia Artists Management), who will guide young artists through the audition process. The event is Free and open to the public.
  • Friday evening Vertical Player Repertory is presenting a performance art concert called “Women of Salt and Longing” part of LEIMAY Fellowship’s SOAK series.
  • And running all week is “Symphonie Fantastique” at the HERE arts center.

We recently discovered the New Opera Days Ostrava festival, also known as the NODO festival in Ostrava, the Czech Republic. One of the more interesting offerings of the festival is a DADAist opera called The Mute Canary. This new, one-act opera is about a samurai warrior convinced he is the composer Charles Gounod (and who is the keeper of the mute canary). Did we mention that it’s a DADAist opera?

Pittsburgh Festival Opera

  • “A Gathering of Sons,” an original work from Pittsburgh Festival Opera, will air July 1 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV Pittsburgh
  • It was filmed during it’s original stage premiere in June 2017
  • The gospel-infused opera tells the story of a black family whose son is shot by a rogue white police officer, and the healing that can arise from such tragedy, helped by a collection of spirits who watch over the world and its people.

New York City Opera

  • New York City Opera announced that in June 2019 it will Premiere the opera “Stonewall” based on the 1969 Greenwich Village rebellion, which marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement.
  • New York City Opera is commissioning the opera to be written by Ian Bell and librettist Mark Campbell.

Credits: Peter Szep producer/editor

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