Fortunato, the unfinished comic opera by the renowned Miriam Gideon and fully realized by Whitney George, makes its world premiere in a co-presentation of the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company and the Curiosity Cabinet.
Set in 20th century Madrid, Fortunato traces the journey of the desperately poor and down-on-his luck title character, Fortunato. He has been without work for four years and, with a family to feed, has taken to begging for the generosity of others to support him in this unfortunate time. Unlike some of his peers, Fortunato is unwilling to sacrifice his morals for this support, and in the three scenes of the opera, we see Fortunato try, and ultimately fail, to earn the money he so desperately needs for his family.
The NY Premiere of Bound, an opera by Huang Ruo and Bao-Long Chu in a new production by Ashley Tata. A co-production with the Baruch Performing Arts Center. Starring Fang Tao Jiang, Guang Yang, Dan Klein, and Andrew Wannigman, with Alex Wen as Music Director.
OPERA? OPERA WHAT? WHAT IS THIS? IS THIS OPERA? — [*This opera*] This work [*knots*] binds operatic practices with elements from old and new media (e.g., TV, YouTube) into a chain of [*preposterous*] ludicrous [*events*] episodes. Disparate pieces [*with*] of text—original or [*appropriated*] quoted—generate [*symbols*] characters and situations on the border between the mundane and the absurd. #PostOpera #KnowYourMeme #FunnyCats
Mythological sirens roost deep in our collective conscious, ancient forerunners to the femme fatale. In Here Be Sirens; join these singing ciphers as they investigate their own origins, seeking–through the twists & turns of literature & philosophy–a way off the island for good.
Victoria Benson, soprano, “Polyxo”
Claire Myers McCormick, soprano, “Peitho”
Devony Smith, soprano, “Phaino”
Amber Treadway, director
Liene Dobraja, costume design
Matthew Wasser, projection design
An experimental voice ensemble performance composed by Japanese composer Yasuno Miyauchi. Her work explores the expressive potential of collective singingwith the ultimate goal of binding female bodies and their voices to a site of radical perceptual experience.
Featuring: Charmaine Lee, Muyassar Kurdi, Tatyana Kalko, XiaoChuan Xie, Yoko Murakami, Yasuno Miyauchi
Costume design : Yoko Murakami
Supported by, Fresh Squeezed Opera Company
Special thanks to, Asian Cultural Council
“Baby Shower depicts a contemporary American celebration with some very recognizable family members and friends, an inspiring lyrical ending to this comic romp through the incivilities in human relationships.
La Zombiata, a new opera by Jillian Flexner, is a parody of works opera-goers hold most dear to their hearts – particularly those works of Verdi and Mozart. But, rather than making a mess of masterpieces, La Zombiata emerges as a comedic ode to the old and a noble salute to the new...and throws in a few zombies. La Zombiata is being preformed July 26 at 7:00pm and 27 at 3:00pm at the Bernie West Theater at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 23rd and Lexington.