About this project
UrbanArias is a new opera company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas. Our mantra is OPERA, SHORT, NEW; our mission is to bring engaging, accessible and affordable opera to DC-area audiences and give both emerging and established composers opportunities to present their shorter work. No UrbanArias performance is longer than 90 minutes! All UrbanArias works were written within the last 35 years! We hope audiences find their lives, both the extraordinary and mundane moments, reflected in the current, engaging works we produce.
Our second Festival of Contemporary Opera, April 13-April 22 2012, presents three exciting works in repertory at the Artisphere in Arlington. We offer a double bill of Thomas Pasatieri’s beautiful opera Before Breakfast, and Peter Hilliard and Matt Boresi’s smart and sophisticated comedy, The Filthy Habit, which sends up New York Mayor Bloomberg’s smoking ban: the 90-minute evening will take both a serious and a comic look at how people negotiate unmet expectations in relationships. And we're proud to announce our very first commission, which will have its world premiere as part of our 2012 Festival: Positions 1956, with a libretto by Tony Award-nominated Michael Korie and prominent composer Conrad Cummings.
UrbanArias' artists are truly first class; last year, we presented opera star Elizabeth Futral in Ricky Ian Gordon's glowing and poignant update of the Orpheus myth, and nationally-known singers Michael Chioldi and Caroline Worra in Tom Cipullo's gripping Vietnam tale, Glory Denied. This year, we welcome Caroline Worra back in Before Breakfast, as well as Jesse Blumberg, who starred in the original cast of The Grapes of Wrath at the Minnesota Opera, as well as the remount at Carnegie Hall; Vale Rideout, seen last year in Wolf Trap's excellent premiere of John Musto's The Inspector; and Jennifer Aylmer, who makes her Opera Theatre of Saint Louis debut this summer as Despina in Così fan tutte.
UrbanArias is also proud to feature the DC area's finest local talent, including Amedee Moore, who will star in the world premiere of Positions 1956, and Ethan Watermeier, veteran of both the Houston Grand Opera and the national Les Miz tour, who stars in The Filthy Habit.
Your gift will support this fabulous second season, helping us fund the artists, composers, designers, and orchestra who bring these operas to life, and it will also ensure that contemporary opera becomes a real part of DC's burgeoning arts scene.
OPERA. SHORT. NEW.
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UrbanArias, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) organization; all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
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