Experiments in Opera supports new, performance-based work that incorporates unconventional uses of music, words and story.
On Monday, January 16, 2012, 7:30, at Le Poisson Rouge, the Experiments in Opera collaborative will present its inaugural festival of new and recent works with unorthodox answers to the traditional questions about how to connect words, story and music. The concert will feature excerpts from operas by composers Matthew Welch, Jason Cady, George Aperghis and Aaron Siegel and include eleven singers, ten musicians, one actor and one graphic novel. We need your help to support all of the remarkable performers who will be coming together to kick off this exciting new collaborative.
In Matthew Welch’s Borges and the Other two tenors sing adaptations of stories by Argentine, puzzler-modernist Jorge Luis Borges along with music by Blarvuster, a seven-member band comprised of piano, flute, viola, two guitars, bass, and drums.
Happiness is the Problem with music by Jason Cady and libretto by Nadia Berenstein, Jason Cady, and Amy Cimini, is a two-act opera buffa that tells the story of three young women who sell an elixir of happiness derived from the secretions of slugs. It features projections from the accompanying graphic novel by Nadia Berenstein.
Sextuor: l’origine des especes with music for 5 vocalists and a speaking cellist by George Aperghis features a libretto by François Reginault and Georges Aperghis that is based on texts by Charles Darwin and Stephen Jay Gould.
Lastly, Brother Brother, with words and music by Aaron Siegel, outlines the untold story of the decline of Orville and Wilbur Wright and will be performed by two vibraphones, strings, soprano and countertenor.
This festival promises to be just the first in a meaningful effort to develop new work, give opportunities to young experimental opera composers so they can share their works in progress and support staged productions of fully developed works. We are already planning a Spring 2012 event at Roulette in Brooklyn featuring productions of Borges and the Other and Happiness is the Problem, as well as more excerpts from Brother Brother and other new works by exciting young composers. Come and be a part of this venture from the beginning!
For more information, please visit experimentsinopera.com.
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