Jillian Flexner, Director
FRESH SQUEEZED OPERA COMPANY
Creating new music through collaboration
Supported by a strong community of composers and performers, Fresh Squeezed Opera (FSO) strives to present genre-pushing new works of the highest caliber that explore the depths of operatic music. We believe there is a role for opera in contemporary society, and we present operas that current audiences and New York communities connect and engage with.Founded in 2013, Fresh Squeezed Opera dedicates itself to providing composers with a platform to present their new music, specifically focusing on vocal works and fully-staged opera. In our four years of operation, we’ve proudly presented over 25 composers’ works, with consistently sold-out houses as a testament to the power of new music.
Fully staged operatic productions include Bound (Huang Ruo, 2016^)Here Be Sirens (Kate Soper, 2014), Knot an Opera (Constantin Basica, 2016^), Scopes (Spencer Snyder, 2017*), Prix Fixe (Kevin Wilt, 2017), The Yellow Wallpaper (Whitney George, 2016*), Baby Shower (Bruce Trinkley, 2015), and La Zombiata (Jillian Flexner, 2014*). Forthcoming performances include Self Defined Circuits (Jillian Flexner, 2019*), and Fizz & Ginger (Whitney George, 2019*).
*Indicates World Premiere, ^Indicates American or NY Premiere
“The opportunity to perform new music with this organized, visionary, and collegial artistic team always leaves me feeling musically fulfilled. I relish the chance to work hand in hand with composers on their own work, and Fresh Squeezed Opera provides a safe and creative platform for this venture. In my experience with New York City opera companies, my experiences with FSO stand apart as being highly efficient, musically challenging, inspiring, and completely unique.” Devony Smith
“[Fresh Squeezed Opera] drew me in” – Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
“Fresh-Squeezed Opera stands out among these for its impressive commitment to championing new works.” – New York Classical Review
“Small but Ambitious” – Feast of Music
“The Fresh Squeezed Opera Company is to be commended…” – The Huffington Post