American Opera Projects (AOP) presents AOP First Chance: VERA and LEGENDARY - scenes from two new operas-in-development. Featuring a post-show discussion with the artists.
The Manhattan School of Music, in collaboration with AOP First Chance, presents a staged reading of scenes from Vera, the new opera by composed by Matthew Barnson with libretto by Mark Sonnenblick. In an empty corner of the cosmos, a small government spacecraft hurtles towards the farside colony of Muriana. It transports Caroline, future ambassador to the colony, her husband Gregory, and their daughter Vera. A faulty communication transmitter, however, has forced Gregory to restart the System—the onboard computer that tends to their every need. Probably everything will be fine. www.aopopera.org/vera
Caroline: Abigail Shapiro (Cover: Han Hsiao)
Gregory: Marshall Morrow
Vera: Yesul Yeon (Cover: Sara Mikulski)
Voice: Sara Mikulski
Anne Shikany, director
Scott Rednour, music director
1985. New York City. Famed drag performer Dee Legendary embarks on a passionate love affair with Officer John, whose fascination with Dee takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. Inspired by a true story, Legendary is a new opera by composer Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim about double lives and destructive desires set in the glory days of New York City’s underground drag culture.
More info: www.aopopera.org/legendary
Cast: Jorell Williams, Jordan Rutter, Tomas Cruz, Mykal Kilgore
Charity Wicks, music director
Made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Vera and Legendary were initially developed in AOP's Composers & the Voice fellowship program.