Wednesday, April 28, 2010

FREE This Weekend: VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab

A free showcase of New American Opera returns to the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on W. 4th Street this weekend on April 30 & May 1, 2010.

Matt Giampietro at the NYC Opera emailed:
VOX is a FREE event open to the public, offering emerging and established composers and librettists the chance to stage their unproduced works using New York City Opera orchestra, singers and chorus.

From a record-high 99 submissions, 10 works were selected. As a group, these operas are experimental and boundary-pushing, both qualities that define contemporary American Opera.
You have to retrieve your free tickets on site, and should arrive early. You can view the schedule here.

Featured works include Revolution of Forms by Anthony Davis, whose opera X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, premiered at City Opera in 1986. Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses will star Grammy Award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann and Italian folk singer Claudio Prima. Other selections include works by returning VOX composers including Brian Current (Airline Icarus, VOX 2007), David T. Little (Soldier Songs, VOX 2008), and Scott Davenport Richards (Charlie Crosses the Nation, VOX 2008)

“This year, we are bringing VOX closer to the heart of New York City Opera,” stated George Steel, New York City Opera General Manager and Artistic Director. “By renaming VOX as a Contemporary American Opera Lab, we not only underscore the critical role of VOX in the mission of New York City Opera, but the crucial role of City Opera in creating and nurturing American opera.”

[VOX Contemporary American Opera Lab]

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