New York Opera Festival

Friday, Jun 25, 2021

In-person and Virtual
New York, NY 10001

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The New York Opera Festival showcases the breadth and diversity of opera in New York City through events ranging from virtual reality to improv opera, with productions in theaters, gardens, garages, bars, playgrounds and more.

Schedule:
12:00am - 11:55pm
Regina Opera's 2021 Spring Concert
This is a half-hour video concert of popular opera arias and songs featuring 4 of Regina Opera's soloists, Lisa Bryce, soprano; Galina Ivannikova, mezzo-soprano; Lindell Carter and Hyunho Cho, tenors;  accompanied by pianist Dmitry Glivinskiy, recorded in our Sunset Park theater on December 13th, 2020.  Among the selections are arias by Puccini, Verdi, and Massenet.

This concert is available FREE and ON DEMAND at http://www.reginaopera.org/onlineperformances.htm 

Hunter Opera Theater presents The Richard Burke Pocket Opera
The Richard Burke Pocket Opera at Hunter College

This concert is  presented virtually and available at: https://www.hunteroperatheater.org/

PROTOTYPE presents MODULATION
Art is how we process the world around us. It opens up avenues of thought, imagination, wonder, and reckoning. PROTOTYPE presents MODULATION, a creative investigation on the strands that weave together our lives over this past tumultuous and revelatory year. A digital, self-guided exploration of these distanced times created by thirteen of the most provocative and diverse voices in the contemporary music idiom; MODULATION leads you through the themes of ISOLATION, IDENTITY, and FEAR, with the connection of BREATH. An electrifying auditory and visual journey of new creations awaits.

As our society, country and world continue to exist in a form of suspended animation, we persevere through distance in search of humanity. We reflect on the long days behind us and reveal some answers through this creative effort. The voices of artists show us the hope and the irrepressible power of music to provide comfort and instigate contemplation of ourselves, our art, our world.

Commissioned, Developed, and Produced by PROTOTYPE: Opera | Theatre | Now

This event is streaming virtually through June 30th. For tickets and more information: http://prototypefestival.org/shows/modulation/ 

PROTOTYPE presents Times3 (Times x Times x Times)
Such strange times call for a new time signature. Is there still time to sit in the center of a city and hear the tide of traffic? To listen for a heartbeat? Times Squared is Times times Times; and Times in three dimensions? Times cubed. Times times Times times Times. Five Times. Five global extinctions. One planet. One city. 8.4 million people. Say that five times fast.

Composer Pamela Z and theatre artist Geoff Sobelle collaborate on a site-specific sonic journey through Times Square – past, present and imagined… What was this place? What is this place? And how did we get here? In this work of sound and space, the listener is brought into a realm where the city and score come together and fall apart and come together again.

Take a walk in Times Square and hear a score crafted specifically for your experience. Or listen in the comfort of your home and imagine a city carved by countless hands from a place once thick with trees… which may be headed that way again. This music, created through impressions of a space, was composed for listeners to tune themselves to the forces underfoot, back in time, and down the road. It is a soundscape created for you to experience the city.

Times3 (Times x Times x Times) is PROTOTYPE’s fourth iteration of Out of Bounds, a platform for new vocal performance pieces taking place in unlikely locations throughout New York. Through the works, public sites will become temporary spaces of contact, exchange, and refreshed social dynamics.

This event is available for download through June 30th. For tickets and more information: http://prototypefestival.org/shows/times-3/

Divaria Productions presents Rival Queens
Created during COVID-19 on an intercontinental basis with individuals in four different locations, Rival Queens tells the story of Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I. This biopic represents a new form of art that melds documentary film with the music of opera which serves as the driving force of the story. It draws on the primary sources of the letters between these women who never actually met in person, and historical research, culminating in narration that connects the letters with music from Maria Stuarda. The story is a historic metaphor for the tragedy of judgment and choosing fear over trust, painting a powerful picture of the destruction that the naked push for power leaves in its wake. The film premiered with Bay Street Theatre and was recently an official selection for the NYC Indie Film Fest as well as the Docs without Borders Film Festival.

Film directed by Antón Armendariz

Musically Directed by Sergio Martínez Zangróniz

Music from the opera Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti

Tickets start at $20 and are available at https://www.divariaproductions.com/rival-queens 

dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
From Songs of Hibernation to Summer Garden Recitals...dAOE keeps to its mission of providing emerging opera artists with training and performance opportunities necessary to bridge the gap between the conservatory and a flourishing career by mounting a series of concert performances. Artistic Director, Chris Fecteau, prepares each of its singers and serves as pianist for many broadcasts. dAOE will offer rebroadcasts of this winter's selection and will post new material over May to August with new garden recitals on their YouTube channel.

Experiments in Opera presents Aqua Net and Funyuns
Aqua Net and Funyuns is a podcast opera featuring five newly-commissioned, original stories, each written by a different librettist/composer combo. Drawing from the style of audio fiction podcasts, the 25-minute, serial episodes are designed specifically to tell compelling narratives with voices, instruments and immersive sound design. Aqua Net and Funyuns features music by Tariq Al-Sabir, Jason Cady, Kamala Sankaram, Aaron Siegel and Michi Wiancko, and librettos by Jason Cady, Cara Ehlenfeldt, Annie-Sage Whitehurst and Daniel Shepard.

For more information: https://experimentsinopera.com/portfolio-item/aquanet/

The Lighthouse Opera Company presents A Distant Flute
The Lighthouse Opera Company is proud to present “Distant Flute” (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte), performed in German with English dialogue in a virtual, socially distant setting.

This short, virtual production will feature highlights from Mozart’s famous Singspiel, narrated by our board president, Harriet D. Foy.

Sarastro-Charles Carter and Robert Feng

Tamino-Omar Bowey and Michael Celentano

Sprecher-Mikhail Biryukov and Brian Alvarado

Koenigin der Nacht-Holly Flack and Jeryl Cunningham

Pamina-Pamela Jones and Crystal Glenn

Erster Dame-Rebecca Kidnie and Amelia Lubrano

Zweite Dame-Silvana Chu and Kelly Guerra

Dritte Dame-Ema Mitrovic and Chantelle Grant

Papagena-Katie Procell and Ali Roselle

Papageno-Markel Reed and Marcus King

Monostatos - Ramon Gabriel Tenefrancia

Erster geharnischter Mann-Matteo Adams

Zweiter geharnischter Mann-Joseph Gansert and Theodore Shulman

This virtual production is available to stream on the Lighthouse Opera website at http://lighthouseopera.org/seasons.html

No Dominion Theater Company presents Hindsight
Hindsight: Behind The Lens

BY FELIX JARRAR and BEA GOODWIN
WITH GABRIEL HERNANDEZ AND JOSEPH BEUTEL

Leopold and Loeb, notorious for their familial wealth and intelligence, set out to commit the perfect crime, just for the thrill of it. This case examines abuse of power and privilege - a seemingly timeless echo reverberating within our nation.

We were thrilled to bring you 'behind the lens' of HindSight for a (virtual) deconstruction of the new true crime opera by Bea Goodwin and Felix Jarrar.

Audiences enjoyed an evening of arias and dialogue from the opera with stars Gabriel Hernandez and Joseph Beutel, with dramaturgical and musical insights from librettist Bea Goodwin and composer Felix Jarrar. Hailed by 360 of Opera as Best New Music Duo of 2019, Jarrar and Goodwin take you behind the lens of their artistic process and the history of the Leopold and Loeb case. The opera raises points about fascism and elitism in America and how they tie into our modern world, 100 years later.

This virtual performance is presented virtually and available online at http://www.nodominiontheatre.org/current-2

HERE Arts Center presents Only You Will Recognize the Signal
A live serial space opera from the creators of the world’s first Zoom opera All Decisions Will Be Made By Consensus and the digital surveillance opera Looking at You.

The travelers aboard the Grand Crew, a very massive luxury emigrant craft, expected to remain in therapeutic hypothermia until arrival at their new home planet. Unfortunately, the technology has been compromised. Isolated in their pods, the unfrozen migrants find themselves entangled in a shared phantasmagoria that smells like sour gummi worms. They are stuck in mid-transition between planet A and planet B, between the end of the old life and the beginning of the new life, between memory and amnesia. They can’t finish the job of erasing the past, and they can’t move into the tenebrous future. Don’t worry: the ship’s computer, Bob, has a plan.

Each episode will be recorded and available to package-holders to view any time after the airdate. For more information: https://here.org/shows/only-you-will-recognize-the-signal/ 

12:00pm: On Site Opera presents “The Road We Came”
On Site Opera once again re-defines the immersive and site-specific experience with The Road We Came, a new project that explores the composers, musicians and places that define the rich Black history of NYC through a series of self-guided, musical walking tours. Celebrating a collection of never-recorded and seemingly lost classical compositions by Black composers, The Road We Came will use filmed musical performances and recorded narration to connect audiences to the musical timeline of Harlem, Midtown and lower Manhattan. From the home and texts of the prolific poet Langston Hughes, to Lincoln Center, to the African Burial Ground National Monument, and beyond, The Road We Came will open windows to the past and re-frame the present. The production is a multi-media collaboration between On Site Opera, filmmakers Ryan and Tonya McKinny, award-winning biographer and Harlem historian Eric K. Washington, and critically acclaimed baritone, Kenneth Overton, who will be the featured soloist of the tours.

Each tour is approximately a 90-minute immersive musical experience that patrons can access via a walking tour app and undertake at their own pace. The app allows audiences to experience the tours in person or virtually

12:00am: PROFESSIONAL WOMEN SINGERS ASSOCIATION
PWSA is a networking group formed by singers for singers. We gather to share our expertise, contacts and simple love of singing. PWSA also promotes musical excellence by offering unique coaching and performance opportunities, master classes, seminars, and career support. This year has proven a huge challenge to the arts community, but PWSA has rolled with the times and produced several virtual ‘pandemic’ concerts, from our living rooms to yours. These concerts trace the path of pandemic shutdown in our lives, and in celebration of the imminent re-opening of theater and concert hall doors, we wanted to share some of our individual musical journeys during Covid.

These pre-recorded events are available on PWSA website (www.womensingers.org) and PWSA Facebook page

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