The American Opera Project

The American Opera Project The country’s most exciting source for new opera and music theater. Located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York. AOP is “a living, breathing workshop,” (Time Out NY) “a valuable company [that] offers a chance to look in on operas in progress by talented composers.” (The New Yorker) AOP explodes your definition of opera: “open a door, hand somebody your ticket, and take a wild guess as to what world you’ve just fallen into.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) AOP is proud of our: • Mentored fellowships to train composers to write for the voice • Debuts for new works by emerging and established composers & librettists • Resident ensemble of singers • Apprenticeships in arts management • Free programs for underserved community populations • Innovative partnerships with arts & cultural institutions to expand audiences • Education programs to introduce opera & music theater to young adults • Full productions developed from our experimental workshop programs
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Let's meet Wendy Whelan!Wendy will be offering a unique VIP experience during our fermata benefit pre-show event at 6pm ...
11/17/2020

Let's meet Wendy Whelan!

Wendy will be offering a unique VIP experience during our fermata benefit pre-show event at 6pm on December 6th - swipe to see what she's offering!

📸 Erin Baiano
#dance #nycb #wendywhelan #benefit #fermata #friendsofaop

Over the course of this week, we will be highlighting the incredible artists who will be hosting unique interactive expe...
11/16/2020

Over the course of this week, we will be highlighting the incredible artists who will be hosting unique interactive experiences (exclusive to VIP ticketholders) at our virtual benefit.

The special VIP pre-show experience at 6pm, December 6th, features a choreography session with acclaimed ballet dancer and Associate Artistic Director of the New York City Ballet, Wendy Whalen , an interactive culinary class with chef Tyler Kord of No7 restaurants, a communal musical moment with Adrienne Danrich, Soprano, a songwriting workshop with librettist Mark Campbell , a world premiere by composer/performer Gilda Lyons , and more special guests, auction items, toasts and surprises.

For more info or to purchase tickets, visit:
www.aopopera.org/fermata2020

📸 Erin Baiano

#fermata #benefit #awesomeartists #music #2020

AOP will rebroadcast the first episode of creator/host Adrienne Danrich, Soprano  Music as the Message today at 4pm. Yes...
11/15/2020

AOP will rebroadcast the first episode of creator/host Adrienne Danrich, Soprano Music as the Message today at 4pm. Yes! In an hour!!!

It will remain free and available to the public for 24 hours.

Music as the Message is an online musical celebration for everyone to lift up their voices toward healing, laughter, joy, inspiration and most importantly, community.

www.aopopera.org/music-message

EPISODE 1: OF THEE I DREAM, CREATING A BRIDGE TO UNITY
Originally aired on AOPTV on Sunday, November 8, 2020

Adrienne and a stellar cast (featuring -- Chabrelle Williams, Jasmine Muhammad, Katie McGrath, Nicole Mitchell, Patrice P. Eaton, La’Shelle Allen, Bernard Holcomb, Eric McKeever, Paul An and Scott Tomlinson) will gather to present poetry and songs in styles ranging from Classical, Jazz, R&B, and Hymns.

Creative team includes:
Adrienne Danrich, creator & host
Kimille Howard, series producer
Jascha Narveson, audio engineer
Mila Henry, music director & pianist
Drew Hemenger, composer of MaM original theme song

Music as the Message is presented by The American Opera Project, in association with Opera on Tap NYC.

#rebroadcast #music #message #hope #community #together

It’s Friday. You know what to do. We’ve dropped our Leave ‘Em group of new songs TODAY. Visit www.aopopera.org/first-gli...
11/13/2020

It’s Friday. You know what to do.

We’ve dropped our Leave ‘Em group of new songs TODAY. Visit www.aopopera.org/first-glimpse-2020 (or LINK IN BIO) to watch them all!

Wk 4 - #leaveem

🎼✏️
Matt Frey
Jessica Rudman
Siegfried Sassoon

🗣
Mario Diaz-Moresco
Brandon Coleman
Jasmine Muhammad

🎹
Spencer Myer, Pianist
Lisa Edwards
Mila Henry

🎬🎧
Chris Comfort
Misja van den Burg
Kelsey Strauch

🦹🏻👩🏻‍🏫🕵️🏻‍♂️
Steven Osgood
Mila Henry
Matt Gray

Composers & The Voice is made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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#friendsofaop #firstglimpsefriday #firstglimpsefridays #artsong #getyourglimpseon #composersandthevoice

Already sad that our Working Women program is over??? DON'T BE!Tune into Cam FM, the student and alumni radio station fo...
11/12/2020
Cam FM - 97.2 FM - Radio for Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin

Already sad that our Working Women program is over??? DON'T BE!

Tune into Cam FM, the student and alumni radio station for the University of Cambridge to hear one of Kirsten Volness' pieces from Letters That You Will Not Get. 'There Will Come Soft Rains' will be airing TODAY, November 12th at 2pm EST.

The show, 'Can & Dec's Thursday Night Takeaway', explores music for choirs and vocal ensembles by composers from under-represented and minority groups, aiming to promote diversity and equality. This week's episode will be focused on Remembrance in honor of Armistice Day.

If you would like to know a bit more about Cam FM and how to listen in, visit:

https://www.camfm.co.uk/shows/can-decs-thursday-night-takeaway/

Cam FM, information and entertainment radio station for members of Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University. Broadcasting on 97.2 FM in Cambridge.

Veterans Day. Armistice Day. Remembrance Day. Today we honor those who choose sacrifice, bravery, and honor. And tonight...
11/11/2020

Veterans Day. Armistice Day. Remembrance Day.

Today we honor those who choose sacrifice, bravery, and honor. And tonight AOP's Working Women: Songs of Suffering & Suffrage program is being presented for the final time at Boston Athenæum, in honor of all the women whose service went without thanks for many years.

#thankyouforyourservice #sacrifice #bravery #service #ww1 #workingwomen #poppy

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!Tonight at 8pm EST, AOP is hosting the last SPECIAL EDITION presentation of our #WorkingWomen tour, ...
11/09/2020

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE!

Tonight at 8pm EST, AOP is hosting the last SPECIAL EDITION presentation of our #WorkingWomen tour, focusing on the Women of WW1 and the long overdue acknowledgment of their contributions.

LINK IN BIO for more info.

Special guests include:
Mila Henry
Briana Hunter
Kirsten Volness
Kate Holland
Susan Werbe
Caitlin McKechney
Sarah Beckham-Turner
Angel Desai


Maria Stacey Lindsey Jessica Sandidge Melissa Tong Elena Moon Park Andie Tanning Meaghan Burke Mimi Jones Meagan Brus Brett Parnell

#women #friendsofaop #workingwomen #ww1 #weresoexcited #specialedition

We all need a break from collectively thinking about math and counting today, so #treatyoself! We’ve dropped our Teachab...
11/06/2020

We all need a break from collectively thinking about math and counting today, so #treatyoself!

We’ve dropped our Teachable Moments group of new songs TODAY- DON'T MISS THEM! Visit www.aopopera.org/first-glimpse-2020 to watch them all!

Wk 3 - #teachablemoments
🎼✏️
Alaina Ferris
Tony Solitro
John de los Santos

🗣
Justine Aronson, soprano
Jasmine Muhammad
Augusta Caso

🎹
Mila Henry

🎬🎧
Chris Comfort
Misja van den Burg
Kelsey Strauch

🦹🏻👩🏻‍🏫🕵️🏻‍♂️
Steven Osgood
Mila Henry
Matt Gray

Composers & The Voice is made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation .
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#friendsofaop #firstglimpsefriday #firstglimpsefridays #artsong #getyourglimpseon #composersandthevoice

What are we up to???#weirdos #butstillprofessionalbecausetuxedos #boss
11/05/2020

What are we up to???

#weirdos #butstillprofessionalbecausetuxedos #boss

We know that today is stressful. But whether today, tomorrow, this week or always, we are here to remind you that we're ...
11/04/2020

We know that today is stressful. But whether today, tomorrow, this week or always, we are here to remind you that we're all in this together.

Join AOP and creator/host Adrienne Danrich, Soprano this Sunday, November 8th at 4pm EST for the first episode of Music as the Message: OF THEE I DREAM, an online musical celebration for everyone to lift up their voices toward healing, laughter, joy, inspiration and most importantly, community. Streamed live and themed around current events, national holidays, inclusivity and positivity, Adrienne and her MaM Choir will lead guests through a program of uplifting songs and spoken word, encouraging participants to sing along from the comfort of their own homes. Following this musical catharsis, the audience is welcome to reflect in a safe and respectful space, or listen in support of their fellow attendees.

EPISODE 1: OF THEE I DREAM, CREATING A BRIDGE

On the Sunday after the Election, Adrienne and a stellar cast (featuring -- Chabrelle Denise Williams, Jasmine Muhammad, Katie McGrath, Nicole Mitchell, Patrice P. Eaton, Mezzo Soprano , La'Shelle Allen , Bernard Holcomb , Eric McKeever Baritone , Paul An and Scott Tomlinson) will gather to present poetry and songs in styles ranging from Classical, Jazz, R&B, and Hymns.

Creative team includes:
Adrienne Danrich, creator & host
Kimille Howard, series producer
Jascha Narveson , audio engineer
Mila Henry, music director & pianist

Music as the Message is presented by The American Opera Project.

Free to the public, goodwill offerings accepted. Presented through AOPTV.

THIS EVENT IS HELD ON ZOOM
www.aopopera.org/music-message

#inclusivity #music #love #friendsofaop #healing #community

It's a Halloween themed #firstglimpsefriday ... well, sort of. We've dropped our Angels & Demons group of new songs TODA...
10/30/2020

It's a Halloween themed #firstglimpsefriday ... well, sort of.

We've dropped our Angels & Demons group of new songs TODAY- you do NOT want to miss these. Visit www.aopopera.org/first-glimpse-2020 to watch them all!

Wk 2 - #angelsanddemons

🎼✏️
Mary Prescott
Amanda Hollander
Jessica Rudman, Composer
Michael Lanci
Kendra Leonard

🗣
Timothy Stoddard
Augusta Caso

🎹
Mila Henry
Kelly Horsted

🎬🎧
Chris Comfort
Misja van den Burg
Kelsey Strauch

🦹🏻👩🏻‍🏫🕵️🏻‍♂️
Steven Osgood
Mila Henry
Matt Gray

Composers & The Voice is made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

#friendsofaop #firstglimpsefriday #firstglimpsefridays #artsong #getyourglimpseon #composersandthevoice

If you haven't checked out OPERA America 's new website, you're missing out!Thanks for including @aopopera (and Jorell W...
10/27/2020

If you haven't checked out OPERA America 's new website, you're missing out!

Thanks for including @aopopera (and Jorell Williams, baritone) in your webpage banner - and if you visit the desktop version of the site, you'll see Briana Elyse Hunter hiding out on the other side of the photo, too!

📸 Steven Pisano

#meetopera #culturefromhome #asoneopera #operaathome
#friendsofaop

#caseofthemondays ?Don't miss these 4 amazing videos that are available for FREE until our next #firstglimpsefriday, com...
10/26/2020

#caseofthemondays ?

Don't miss these 4 amazing videos that are available for FREE until our next #firstglimpsefriday, coming up in 4 days!

LINK IN BIO!

Wk 1 - #loveem⠀⠀
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🎼✏️⠀⠀
Matt Frey
Daniel J Kushner
Michael Lanci
Sokunthary Svay
Jessica Rudman, Composer
Amanda Hollander
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🗣⠀⠀
Jasmine Muhammad
Timothy Stoddard⠀
Augusta Caso⠀
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🎹⠀⠀
Mila Henry
Kelly Horsted⠀⠀
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🎬🎧⠀⠀
Chris Comfort
Misja van den Burg
Kelsey Strauch

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🦹🏼‍♂️🧑🏻‍💼🕵🏻⠀⠀
Steven Osgood
Mila Henry
Matt Gray

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#yeswesaiddrop #composersandthevoice #creditthelibrettist #classicalmusic #artsong #getyourglimpseon #andthecategoryisloveem⠀⠀

Composers & The Voice is made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from the @[email protected]

HAPPY WORLD OPERA DAY!!!Get your #firstglimpse at aopopera.org/first-glimpse-2020, starring 4 FREE vids for a week and s...
10/25/2020

HAPPY WORLD OPERA DAY!!!

Get your #firstglimpse at aopopera.org/first-glimpse-2020, starring 4 FREE vids for a week and stay tuned for more songs on the next 5 #firstglimpsefridays!⠀

Wk 1 - #loveem⠀⠀
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🎼✏️⠀⠀
Matt Frey
Daniel Kushner
Michael Lanci
@svaysokun
Jessica Rudman
Amanda Hollander
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🗣⠀⠀
Jasmine Muhammad
Timothy Stoddard
Augusta Caso
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🎹⠀⠀
Mila Henry
Kelly Horsted
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🎬🎧⠀⠀
Chris comfort
@strauchabout⠀⠀
@dacowboyalfine⠀⠀
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🦹🏼‍♂️🧑🏻‍💼🕵🏻⠀⠀
Steven Osgood
Mila Henry
Matt Gray

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#yeswesaiddrop
#worldoperaday #composersandthevoice #creditthelibrettist #classicalmusic #artsong #getyourglimpseon #andthecategoryisloveem⠀⠀

Composers & The Voice is made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from the @mellonfdn.

We've got your evening plans all worked out for you! A Storm Called Progress, an original chamber opera is premiering TO...
10/24/2020

We've got your evening plans all worked out for you! A Storm Called Progress, an original chamber opera is premiering TONIGHT- don't miss it!

#friendofaop Diane Machin (one of our fabulous directors for The NYU/Tisch Opera Lab during Spring 2018), directs A Storm Called Progress, which is about global sustainabity, personal and systemic transformation.

Livestream available tonight, 24 October, 7:00 PM MDT

Q&A Session begins at 8:00 PM MDT
Zoom Question & Answer Link:
https://usu-edu.zoom.us/j/89909526479?pwd=TU02TTJnTWFtcE81azIrTjhXTmMwQT09

Meeting:
ID: 899 0952 6479

Password:
Opera2020

@dancemachin98
@violin_laurana
@k_barker_214

To learn more about the project, visit:
www.astormwecallprogress.com

10/24/2020

If you didn't join an opera-singing drag queen amongst a flotilla of canoes in a polluted canal in order to encourage voting, HAVE YOU DONE ENOUGH? #vote #thevoteboat #voteearly #gowanus #operaeverywhere #opera #meetopera #canoe #canalretentive #drag #dragqueen @shequidahall @gowanusdredgers @nyculture

10/22/2020
John Holiday's Surprising Voice Is Perfect for Ella Fitzgerald's "Misty" - The Voice Blind Auditions

Huang Ruo's Paradise Interrupted (an AOP-developed work) was premiered at the Spoleto Festival in 2015 (with excerpts performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York earlier that same year), including a performance by superstar John Holiday.

We’re glad to see that John Legend has finally joined the #johnholidayfanclub – the more the merrier!

#friendsofaop #operarules #countertenor #johnholiday #johnlegend #TheVoice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM5dJQXxdIY

John Holiday performs "Misty" during The Voice Blind Auditions. » Get The Voice Official App: http://bit.ly/TheVoiceOfficialApp » Subscribe for More: http://...

Join us TOMORROW for #FirstGlimpseFridays, when we'll drop the first set of videos from the '19-21 class of @composersan...
10/22/2020

Join us TOMORROW for #FirstGlimpseFridays, when we'll drop the first set of videos from the '19-21 class of @composersandthevoice! ⠀

Get ready to get your glimpse at aopopera.org/first-glimpse-2020 👀⠀

#yeswesaiddrop #composersandthevoice #creditthelibrettist #classicalmusic #artsong #getyourglimpseon #andthecategoryisloveem⠀

Wk 1 - #loveem⠀

🎼✏️⠀
@mattfreynyc⠀
@lancimichael⠀
@jessicacomposer⠀
@amaholla⠀
@svaysokun⠀

🗣⠀
@jmsoprano⠀
@ptim_the_p_is_silent_⠀
Augusta Caso⠀

🎹⠀
@myohmyitsmila⠀
Kelly Horsted⠀

🎬🎧⠀
@chriscomfortphotos⠀
@strauchabout⠀
@dacowboyalfine

🦹🏼‍♂️🧑🏻‍💼🕵🏻
@srosgood
@myohmyitsmila
@graymatters723

Composers & the Voice is made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Do you like canoes? Or French horns? Or drag queens on boats?Then you'll LOVE this!BOAT FOR THE VOTE!Friday, October 23 ...
10/21/2020

Do you like canoes? Or French horns? Or drag queens on boats?

Then you'll LOVE this!

BOAT FOR THE VOTE!
Friday, October 23 6-7pm
https://www.aopopera.org/events/boatforthevote

Gowanus Dredgers
Wide Awakes Navy
Performances by Shequida Hall (brought to you by The American Opera Project, Make Music New York, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs) and Metropolitan Horn Authority

#boatforthevote #vote #boat #friendsofaop #fridayfunday

We're throwing you a party! 🥂 That's right.  Music, laughter, the clink of glasses, all from the comfort of your home: f...
10/21/2020

We're throwing you a party! 🥂 That's right. Music, laughter, the clink of glasses, all from the comfort of your home: fermata, AOP's virtual benefit is coming to YOU! December 6th, honoring Angel Blue, Charles Jarden, hosted by Jorell Williams. Save the date! #everyonewantstobeheld #friendsofaop #opera

#friendofaop Luke Leonard (director of The AOP/NYU Tisch Opera Lab Dinner Party Operas at the Brooklyn Museum and the wo...
10/16/2020

#friendofaop Luke Leonard (director of The AOP/NYU Tisch Opera Lab Dinner Party Operas at the Brooklyn Museum and the world premiere of Hannah Lash's The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep at Chatter in New Mexico and Connecticut) has created a film for the production of David Lang's "love fail" with Gertrude Opera. "love fail" streams TOMORROW, October 17.

More information can be found here:
https://www.gertrudeopera.com.au/love-fail

#friendsofaop #filmmaking #streaming #music #hooray

"One of the most singularly devastating theatrical moments of the last year."Best of Kansas City: Theater 2019-  The Pit...
10/16/2020
dwb (driving while black) - (Streaming)

"One of the most singularly devastating theatrical moments of the last year."

Best of Kansas City: Theater 2019
- The Pitch: Kansas City's Arts and Culture Newspaper

In ONE WEEK, Baruch Performing Arts Center will be streaming this 50 minute-long chamber opera about racism, erasure, and the fear and love that black parents experience when they send their kids out into a world that too often sees them not as a child, but as a threat. What should be a celebration of independence and maturity turns out to be fraught with the anxiety of "driving while black."

Susan Kander, music
Roberta Gumbel, libretto
Chip Miller, director
Roberta Gumbel, soprano
New Morse Code - Hannah Collins, cello and Michael Compitello, percussion

Register now at Bit.ly/BPACdwb

#chambermusic #opera #streaming #friendsofaop

Presented with Opera Omaha dwb (driving while black) New York Virtual Premiere October 23 - 29, 2020 Pre-recorded streaming-on-demand presentation REGISTER HERE (Registration required)

10/15/2020

Did you know that our Working Women program is still going strong? We've got tour stops in Oregon, Boston, Poland (yes, THAT Poland) and now, it's coming to Brooklyn!!!

Join AOP as we present a SPECIAL SUFFRAGE EVENT on October 27th at 7:30pm EDT.

For more information (including how to get tickets!), visit:
https://www.aopopera.org/events/aop-workingwomen

🎤 Briana Elyse Hunter

🎶 Kirsten Volness


Kate Holland Susan Werbe Mila Henry Jasmine Muhammad Eve Gigliotti Lori Phillips Kathryn Bostic Jessica Rudman, Composer Tony Solitro Alice Eve Cohen Brett Parnell Meagan Brus

#womensuffragecentennial #women #friendsofaop #workingwomen #election #vote2020 #weresoexcited

The American Opera Project is a proud partner on the Poetry & Music Project with Opera Omaha and the Nebraska Writers Co...
10/15/2020
Opera Omaha | Poetry & Music Project

The American Opera Project is a proud partner on the Poetry & Music Project with Opera Omaha and the Nebraska Writers Collective

Through this project, students in grades K-12 in Iowa and Nebraska submit their poetry for the chance to be set to original music by composers Matt Browne and Frances Pollock, alumni of The American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice training program.

The poets whose work is chosen will then have an opportunity to work with the composer and musicians to further develop the pieces before they are performed.

Look at the beautiful videos from last year's songs on Opera Omaha's website (make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page)!

#opera #partnership #friendsofaop #writers #artists #collaboration

https://operaomaha.org/community/engagement-programs/poetry-music-project/past-poetry-and-music-project

Join Opera Omaha for its 2019-2020 season filled with incredible productions including, The Marriage of Figaro, Sweeney Todd and a special collaboration with the Omaha Symphony, An Evening of Wagner and Strauss.

10/14/2020

Happy Wednesday! Wanna add some rhythm to your next at-home video? 🥁 These two greats show you how it’s done. 💅⠀

#thecontentweneedrightnow #handmadepercussion #manicuremusic #fingernailflams #allthesequins⠀

#Repost @dazedbeauty⠀
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📹 @dollyparton and @mspattilabelle playing their acrylic nails in 1987

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Opera is a beautiful art form that has stood the test of time, and is one that I thoroughly enjoy! The opera community has faced some challenges with the pandemic but is adapting wonderfully. When I heard about the Giulio Gari Salon Concert Series, I was ecstatic at the opportunity to celebrate opera once again! Raquel Suarez Groen will be the featured guest of the premiere event on November 18th at 8 PM on Facebook live! She has performed all around the world, including the role of Carlotta in the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway! I am so excited and hope that this is a highly supported event so we can all come together and appreciate and converse about this wonderful art form!
Thanks for being a part of the Opera Jukebox with Artist Relief Tree tonight. :-)
My very favorite opera company - American Opera Project - is hosting Living Room Music. Check it out.
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