(Above photo credit: Courtesy of The New York Opera Festival)
The New York Opera Festival and The Greene Space present a world-premiere opera composed in just one day by an all-star team of local composers, writers and performers — inspired by a prompt they’ll receive 24 hours before their performance.
You’ll also get a sneak peek at excerpts from their upcoming festival shows.
Expect to hear an incredible cross section of what New York City opera sounds like outside of the Met Opera, and how it deals with urgent topics ranging from politics to LGBTQ rights to global warming to toxic masculinity.
The event caps off 24@44, a nonstop 24-hour marathon of live journalism, music, art, performances and parties with all the New York Public Radio fam. The marathon, which celebrates The Greene Space’s 10th anniversary, kicks off at 7 am on Friday, April 12 and runs through 7 am on Saturday, April 13. Learn more and reserve your free ticket here.
Danielle Buonaiuto, soprano
La Toya Lewis, soprano
Melissa Serluco, mezzo-soprano
Brian Alvarado, baritone
Richard Pearson Thomas, music director
Marianna Mott Newirth, librettist
Peter Michael von der Nahmer (Mike), dramaturg
Jennifer Williams, director
Alexa Rosenberg, PSM
These participants represent several New York Opera Fest/New York Opera Alliance companies including Utopia Opera, Bronx Opera, New Camerata Opera, Regina Opera Company, New Amsterdam Opera, Beth Morrison Projects, Center for Contemporary Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Opera Theatre of Montclair and more.
New Camerata Opera
“Give him this orchid” from Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia
Performers: Allison Gish, mezzo-soprano and Brian Holman pianist
Dialogue and “Were you not to Ko-Ko plighted,” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado
Performers: Elisabeth Slaten, soprano; Andrew Klima, tenor and John Cuk, pianist
Act 4 duet “Mira, di acerbe lagrime” from Il Trovatore
Performers: Alexis Cregger – Leonora, Nathan Matticks – Count Di Luna, Brian Holman – pianist
Death of Classical
Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
Performers: Vanessa Cariddi, mezzo-soprano and Elliot Figg, piano
New Amsterdam Opera
Hérode, ne me refuse pas.” Act 1 aria from Hérodiade by Massenet
Performers: Janara Kellerman, mezzo-soprano and Gloria Kim, pianist
American Opera Projects
(Production by American Opera Projects, New York City Opera, and Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center)
“A Christmas Story” from Laura Kaminsky’s As One
Performers: Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano and Kathryn Olander, piano
Heartbeat Opera/ Opera Lafayette
Susanna’s aria “Da chi spero aita, O Cieli.” From La Susanna by Alessandro Stradella
Performers: Lucía Martín-Cartón, soprano; Jacob Ashworth, vioin; Ryan Brown, violin; Arash Noori, theorbo
Opera on Tap
“Ach, ich fühl’s,” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute
Performers: Rachel Duval, soprano — Jie Yi, pianist— Jenny Lee Mitchell, stage direction