Vertical Player Repertory

Vertical Player Repertory Vertical Player Repertory creates ensemble-driven opera theatre, brings fresh theatrical vision to standard repertoire, introduces a diverse public to rarely-performed operas from the 17th to the present century, and promotes and commissions new opera.
Vertical Player Repertory creates ensemble-driven opera theatre in extraordinary venues. VPR brings theatrical integrity and an unconventional spirit to an eclectic mix of repertoire in settings that have ranged from a factory courtyard on the Gowanus Canal to the last active shipping port in Brooklyn. VPR’s unique vision and adventurous use of place invite both performer and audience to re-imagine the great possibilities of opera. HISTORY Founded in 1998 by Judith Barnes, Vertical Player Repertory spearheaded the current alternative opera movement in New York City. VPR began life in a storefront in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, bringing an ensemble-theatre aesthetic to intimate performances of an eclectic range of repertoire. The 2003 world premiere of composer Yoav Gal’s comic opera The Dwarf brought the company to wide notice in the seminal New York Times feature article "Never Say Die in Indie Opera" by opera critic Anne Midgette. As appreciation for VPR’s unconventional aesthetic grew, the company expanded to larger venues. At the invitation of Sal Catucci, CEO of American Stevedoring Inc., the company created two site-specific productions outdoors at the Red Hook Container Port in 2007 and 2008. Il Tabarro was performed on the deck of the oil tanker The Mary Whalen, and Les contes d’Hoffmann was staged atop tons of raw lumber in an amphitheatre made of stacked shipping containers. These ground-breaking productions brought thousands of people to a spectacular location usually inaccessible to the public. In 2009, as VPR was preparing for a site-specific production of A View from the Bridge, William Bolcom’s powerful opera about Brooklyn longshoremen, to be set on the very Red Hook docks where the story takes place, port access was restricted nationwide by Homeland Security. VPR returned to its intimate storefront venue with a new chamber arrangement of the opera, created in collaboration with the composer, which played to sold-out houses. In 2011, VPR created a critically acclaimed production of Francesco Cavalli’s bedroom comedy of the Gods, La Calisto, in a post-industrial factory courtyard on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. Repertoire at VPR has included works as varied as Handel’s Alcina, Mozart’s Idomeneo, Janáček’s Jenůfa and Milhaud’s Médée. The world premieres of composer Yoav Gal’s comic opera The Dwarf and Isidore Elias’ original vaudeville act Bucky and his Friends, and the development of Opera Feroce’s baroque pasticcio opera Amor & Psyche under the auspices of VPR’s In the Works Development Series reflect VPR’s interest in new works of all stripes. Other pieces VPR has developed include Der Rosenkavalier: The True Story, a hybrid opera-theater reworking of Strauss’ classic with a speaking role for Baron Ochs created for veteran actor Paul Hecht. VPR’s first commission, The Peace, by composer Nizan Leibovich and librettist Isidore Elias, based on Aristophanes’ stinging social satire, is currently receiving its first workshop performances and is planned for premiere in 2014. The Dwarf, a comic opera by Yoav Gal, which VPR premiered in 2003, returns for a 10th anniversary production in 2013. In addition to full operas in varied locations, VPR continues to give intimate performances of opera and recital repertoire as part of its In Your Lap Atelier Series in its storefront venue, Behind the Door.
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Artistic director Judith Barnes will be speaking about the pleasures and pitfalls of directing opera on a panel Wednesda...
02/11/2020
Europa's Opera: Three Acts: Panel Discussion with Producers

Artistic director Judith Barnes will be speaking about the pleasures and pitfalls of directing opera on a panel Wednesday 6:00 PM at Deutsches Haus NYU in some distinguished company, including Philip Schneidman of the little OPERA theatre of new york, Dorian Bandy, and Harvey Sachs. Come for a foretaste of VPR's upcoming production of Le Pauvre Matelot and excerpts of Les Mamelles de Tiresias in March!

https://as.nyu.edu/deutscheshaus/cultural-program/events/Spring2020/europa-s-opera--three-acts--panel-discussion-with-producers.html

Deutsches Haus at NYU hosts a panel discussion about Europa's Opera: Three Acts among Philip Shneidman, Dorian Bandy, and Judith Barnes, which will be moderated by Harvey Sachs. This conversation is part of Europa's Opera: Three Acts, which showcases productions by three of New York City’s most ...

Good times at the Blue Building! Was it really so long ago!?!
11/19/2019

Good times at the Blue Building! Was it really so long ago!?!

The Dwarf by Yoav Gal, directed by Doug Fitch. Performances Nov 21 & 23. Rehearsal shots by Andrei Severny

Vertical Player Repertory
11/09/2019

Vertical Player Repertory

Vertical Player Repertory's cover photo
11/09/2019

Vertical Player Repertory's cover photo

Great excitement to be singing the words of the Constitution this week as events unfold in our country. Audiences and pe...
09/27/2019
The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio by Benjamin Yarmolinsky

Great excitement to be singing the words of the Constitution this week as events unfold in our country. Audiences and performers both are energized and empowered! It is a powerful affirmation #knowyourrights

We are still in the middle of a fundraiser to support the production. Please contribute if you can. All the money goes to our wonderful performers!

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/the-constitution-a-secular-oratorio-by-benjamin-yarmolinsky

Exciting News! We met and exceeded our initial $2,500 goal! We have now raised our sights to a new goal of $4,500 and four more performances in September, including Constitution Day on September 17th. The whole cast is very excited about getting back together as it has ...

Weekend Art Events: September 27-29 (DUMBO Drop, Ladies Of Sorrow, Bare Men & More) - BKLYNER
09/26/2019
Weekend Art Events: September 27-29 (DUMBO Drop, Ladies Of Sorrow, Bare Men & More) - BKLYNER

Weekend Art Events: September 27-29 (DUMBO Drop, Ladies Of Sorrow, Bare Men & More) - BKLYNER

Enjoy the first weekend of fall with exhibits, movies, opera, and more. Morbid Anatomy returns for another pop-up exhibit at Green-Wood Cemetery and the Brooklyn Public Library is hosting an open house. If you’re looking to get outdoors and enjoy the autumn weather, click here for our list of fest...

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09/26/2019
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Weekend Art Events: September 27-29 (DUMBO Drop, Ladies Of Sorrow, Bare Men & More)
DUMBO, Brooklyn Morbid Anatomy Green-Wood Cemetery, 5th Avenue at 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 National Sawdust BPL Presents Booklyn Kings Theatre LittleCaribbean Vertical Player Repertory The Living Gallery Bushwick Film Festival

Thanks Broadway World! And Joe Ritter for the great shot.
09/21/2019
THE CONSTITUTION: A SECULAR ORATORIO Returns for Four Performances

Thanks Broadway World! And Joe Ritter for the great shot.

Vertical Player Repertory premiered The Constitution, A Secular Oratorio, by American composer Benjamin Yarmolinsky in June 2019 for two sold-out performances. A settingfor chorus and soloists of substantial portions of the United States Constitution, including highlights of Articles 1-7, the Bill o...

Fabulous b&w shots by Christine Walker from our Sept 17th performance
09/21/2019

Fabulous b&w shots by Christine Walker from our Sept 17th performance

09/15/2019

“During these complex political times, it is especially unique to see a work that puts the Constitution front and center. This is an opportunity for audiences to familiarize themselves with a document that represents the soul of the U.S.” —Operawire

Don't miss "The Constitution, A Secular Oratorio" opening on Constitution Day, this Tuesday 9/17/19!

Vertical Player Repertory's cover photo
09/15/2019

Vertical Player Repertory's cover photo

Thank YOU for liking our page! We've hit 700! Come to The Constitution and celebrate Constitution Day with us. Know your...
09/12/2019

Thank YOU for liking our page! We've hit 700! Come to The Constitution and celebrate Constitution Day with us. Know your rights!

We are still hopeful that we will make our goal! I KNOW there's someone out there with $50 who would like to support the...
06/30/2019
The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio by Benjamin Yarmolinsky

We are still hopeful that we will make our goal! I KNOW there's someone out there with $50 who would like to support these beautiful artists! (Or $5, or $10, or $15...it all helps)

Update: we're only $50 away from our goal! We opened on Thursday to a very warm reception and a standing ovation at the end! Last performance today--but we're discussing a revival in the fall. Every penny helps us to envision more performances of this consciousness-raising piece. ...

Outside Behind the Door
06/28/2019

Outside Behind the Door

https://operawire.com/new-york-opera-festival-2019-preview-vertical-player-repertory-shines-a-light-on-the-constitution-...
06/22/2019
New York Opera Festival 2019 Preview: Vertical Player Repertory Shines A Light On ‘The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio’

https://operawire.com/new-york-opera-festival-2019-preview-vertical-player-repertory-shines-a-light-on-the-constitution-a-secular-oratorio/

"Vertical Player Repertory is set to showcase one of the most unique and fascinating works in New York when it presents “The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio” on July 27 and 29, 2019 at Behind the Door."

Thanks David Salazar and Operawire for this interview with VPR artistic director Judith Barnes on our upcoming production of The Constitution. Tix are selling fast, hope you got yours ;)

(image by Karni Dorell)

The New York Opera Fest 2019 kicked off on Monday, April 29 and for the next several weeks, New Yorkers will get ample opportunity to enjoy opera in a variety of unique ways. As has been OperaWire’…

Thank you Paul Pelkonen, AKA Superconductor, for all your wonderful writing over the years. And thank you for the listin...
06/21/2019
Festival Preview: New York Opera Festival 2019

Thank you Paul Pelkonen, AKA Superconductor, for all your wonderful writing over the years. And thank you for the listing--https://super-conductor.blogspot.com/2019/04/festival-preview-new-york-opera.html

We, along with the whole opera community, will miss you.

Vertical Player Repertory:
The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio
June 27th @7:30 and June 29 @4:00
219 Court St Brooklyn, NY

"Benjamin Yarmolinsky's choral work is literally a setting of the articles of the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights, all the more important in today's troubled age."

The New York Opera Festival is back and it will keep you on your toes for the next two months. A preview on Superconductor.

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So looking forward to reviving my staging and performance of Phaedra which premiered last week at #LEIMAY as part of my year-long fellowship. Now on a newly conceived evening of monodramas at Vertical Player Repertory with the wonderful performers Elise Brancheau, Chelsea Feltman, Doug Han, Brian Sanders, and Adrianna Matteo, directed by Steve Witting. Music of Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten and the brilliant Melissa Dunphy. Tickets on sale now! Please join us for an intimate evening of fascinating music and theater.