AOP and Opera on Tap return to Galapagos Art Space for the fifth in this ongoing series that brings the best of contemporary opera to one of Brooklyn's most innovative art venues.
Brooklyn Poets Past and Present
Featuring The Calamus Songs and Songs from Hood to Riches
150 years ago, “The Calamus Poems” by Brooklyn’s poet-father Walt Whitman were first published. Less than 150 days ago, poems by three local Brooklyn boys were written in a grade-school poetry workshop. American Opera Projects and the Walt Whitman Project present these poems by Brooklynites past and present as new songs written by composers Daniel Felsenfeld, Andrew Staniland, and Gilda Lyons. Performed by Adrienne Danrich and Nicole Mitchell. Kelly Horsted, piano. Hamilton Berry, cello. Produced by American Opera Projects.
Composer and singer/songwriter Corey Dargel and pianist Kathleen Supové will perform songs from Dargel's Removable Parts, a music-theater piece about love and voluntary amputation. Dargel based his original lyrics on documented case-studies of wannabe-amputees. His characters' idiosyncratic behaviors and strange desires are gradually subsumed into larger issues of disconnection and longing. As they sing their songs, you may be surprised to find your heart breaking for them. The New York Times theater and dance critic, Claudia LaRocco, calls Removable Parts "almost perversely pleasurable... Amputation, especially when it’s self-imposed, is a loaded and problematic metaphor. Mr. Dargel and company handle it with an intelligent grace that is as moving as it is impressive."
Removable Parts comprises the second CD of Dargel's newly released and critically acclaimed double-CD album, Someone Will Take Care of Me. Removable Parts won the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Performance-Art Production and was nominated for Best Solo Performer (Corey Dargel) and Best Director (Emma Griffin). It was the subject of a "Critics Notebook" profile by Alex Ross in The New Yorker magazine. www.coreydargel.com
The Bloody Chamber
Opera on Tap will produce scenes from composer Daniel Felsenfeld's The Bloody Chamber, a feminist retelling of Bluebeard. The Bloody Chamber is an adaptation of the 1979 novella by Angela Carter, set in decadent fin de siècle France. The obsessed and murderous Marquis has married Dora, a young soprano, and spirited her away to his castle in Brittany. Over the course of the darkly humorous piece, Dora transforms from ingénue to infamously disobedient wife -- egged on by a ghostly chorus of her slaughtered predecessors. Librettist: Elizabeth Isadora Gold. Composer: Daniel Felsenfeld. Starring Indre Viskontas (pictured), Ross Benoliel, and Amanda Villegas with musical direction by Jennifer Peterson of operamission and stage direction by Sarah Stern of The Vineyard Theatre.
"Commited as strongly to freshness as to intelligibility, Daniel Felsenfeld composes music that’s strong, unusual, intelligent, and considerably skilled." Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Composer John Corigliano
Music by 2005-06 C&V composer Daniel Felsenfeld
libretto by Elizabeth Isadora Gold
based on the novella by Angela Carter
conducted by Jennifer Peterson
directed by Sarah Stern
fStarring Indre Viskontas, Ross Benoliel, and Amanda Villegas
Produced by Opera on Tap