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PAST PRESS RELEASES

September 15, 2016

New Opera in Development Previews Scenes at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Festival Opera and AOP Present Wang Jie’s Rated R for Rat on October 9.

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August 16, 2016

American Opera Projects Takes Operas To Space, Asylums, And A Human Uterus In “Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes”.

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September 9, 2015

American Opera Projects' (AOP) and The Hermitage Artist Retreat have awarded the first Opera Genesis Fellowships to composer Mikael Karlsson and librettist and visual designer Elle Kunnos de Voss to develop their new opera, The Echo Drift.

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September 2015

AOP announces the composers, librettists, and singers to participate in the 2015-17 season of Composers & the Voice.

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September 2015-2017

The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, FL has created an annual six-week residency to be
called Opera Genesis Fellowships to be offered to a composer and librettist team from American Opera Projects' (AOP) Composers & the Voice training program.

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HAGOROMO
November 5-8, 2015

AOP returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival with the world premiere of Hagoromo, a multidisciplinary work of dance-chamber opera.

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September 2015-2017

AOP is now accepting applications from composers and librettists to participate in the 2015-17 season of Composers & the Voice.

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September 10, 2014

American Opera Projects (AOP) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The $200,000 grant, active through December 2016, will support artistic initiatives by AOP: the Composers & the Voice and First Chance programs.

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AsOne 2014

AS ONE
September 4-7, 2014

AOP presents the World Premiere of As One by composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed at BAM Fisher in Brooklyn.

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COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES 2014
September 12 & 14, 2014

A concert of world premiere scenes from operas by emerging composers Guy Barash, Avner Finberg, Jeremy Gill, Andreia Pinto-Correia, Gity Razaz, Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim created during AOP's latest season of its Brooklyn-based training program Composers & the Voice.

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Roulette 2014

April 22, 2014

Ear Heart Music in partnership with American Opera Projects and the American Modern Ensemble present two new chamber operas at Roulette in Brooklyn - The Wanton Sublime and The Companion.

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April 3, 2014

American Opera Projects Inc. (AOP) announces the appointment of Laura Kaminsky as its composer-in-residence.

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April 3, 2014

OPERA America has announced the first round of recipients of its new program, Opera Grants for Female Composers, including three AOP composers Laura Kaminsky, Sheila Silver, and Composers & the Voice alumna Kristin Kuster.

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March 16 & 24, 2014

AOP First Chance and the Manhattan School of Music present excerpts from the opera-in-progress Companionship, by composer Rachel Peters.

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February 21 - March 1, 2014

Soprano Janinah Burnett leads the cast of the AOP Chamber Version premiere of Harriet Tubman When I Crossed That Line to Freedom by Nkeiru Okoye.

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February 20 - March 1, 2014

AOP and Irondale Ensemble project present LINES OF FREEDOM, theatrical works celebrating Black History Month, including Color Between the Lines and the Chamber Version premiere of Harriet Tubman When I Crossed That Line to Freedom.

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December 9, 2013

HARRIET TUBMAN OPERA PREVIEW AT HARLEM’S SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE

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September 2013-2015

AOP announces the composers, librettists, and singers to participate in the 2013-15 season of Composers & the Voice.

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Fall 2013 - Fall 2014

AOP has been awarded a $12,600 OPERA America’s Building Opera Audiences grant to support AOP in the creation of a mobile application.

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Tuesday, July 9 through Sunday, July 14, 2013

As part of the Lincoln Center Festival 2013, AOP co-presents the World Premiere of Lera Auerbach's a capella opera The Blind, reconceived by director John La Bouchardière.

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Saturday, June 18 and Thursday, June 13, 2013

AOP (American Opera Projects), The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society, ClaverackLanding, and Symphony Space co-present the world premiere of Beauty Intolerable, a collection of love songs composed by Sheila Silver based on the poetry of iconoclast and libertine Edna St. Vincent Millay.

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September 2013-2015

AOP is now accepting applications from composers and librettists to participate in the 2013-15 season of Composers & the Voice.

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Thursday, Dec. 27 and Friday, Dec. 28, 2012

Kwanzaa Celebration at Brooklyn Public Library to feature AOP I Hear America Singing with Nkeiru Okoye's "Harriet Tubman".

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Funding for 2013 workshops

AOP to receive $15,000 NEA Art Works Grant to support presentations of Nkeiru Okoye's "Harriet Tubman" opera in 2013.

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Sunday, Dec. 09, 2012

Concert reading of scenes from the opera-in-progress at the New York Academy of Medicine featuring historical presentation by Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland and Q&A with the artists.

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Thursday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27, 2012

As part of BAM's 30th Next Wave Festival, AOP co-presents two song cycles by Phil Kline, including the world premiere Out Cold.

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OPERAtion Brooklyn
Monday, Sep. 13 through Friday, Sep. 22, 2012

As part of the first annual BEAT Festival, AOP and Opera on Tap return with their series presenting contemporary opera with a Brooklyn spin. Including world premiere song cycle from Daniel Felsenfeld.

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Six Scenes 2012
Opera scenes from this year's Composers & the Voice fellows

Featuring performances by the AOP Resident Ensemble of Singers and conversations with the creators.

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BLESSED ART THOU AMONGST WOMEN
Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2012

AOP and Opera NJ present musical portraits of the Virgin Mary featuring two monodramas from composers Gregory Spears and Tarik O'Regan paired with Vivaldi's STABAT MATER.

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AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS PRESENTS “FIRST GLIMPSE” OF EMERGING COMPOSERS AND LIBRETTISTS

May 20-21, 2012 - World premiere songs from the 2011-12 Season of Composers & the Voice.

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AOP RECEIVES FUNDING FOR TWO NEW OPERAS FROM NEA

Jan 27, 2012 - Brooklyn workshop productions of The Weeping Camel and Paul’s Case funded.

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Numinous City
Wednesday, November 16, 2011

AOP and the Rubin Museum, in association with the International Campaign for Tibet, presents scenes from the opera-in-development Numinous City by Pete M. Wyer. Followed by panel discussion.

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Darkling
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Studio Recording of Darkling by composer Stefan Weisman and poet Anna Rabinowitx is released on CD by Albany Records.

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Heart of Darkness
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

ROH2 and Opera East present the World Premiere of HEART OF DARKNESS by Tarik O'Regan and Tom Phillips. Developed by American Opera Projects

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Composers & the Voice
2011-12 Announcement of Composer Chairs

John Corigliano, Daron Hagen, John Musto, Tobias Picker, Kaija Saariaho, Gene Scheer, Stephen Schwartz to mentor 2011-12 C&V participants.

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Model Love and Nora, In the Great Outdoors
Sunday, October 2, 2011

AOP presents the world premiere staged song cycle Model Love with monodrama Nora, In the Great Outdoors at Kaplan Penthouse.

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Philip Glass: In the Penal Colony
Saturday, October 1, 2011

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn in association with AOP presents Philip Glass's one-act chamber opera.

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Opera Grows in Brooklyn
Sunday, September 18, 2011

AOP and Opera on Tap return to Galapagos Art Space for the latest in this ongoing series that brings the best of contemporary opera to one of Brooklyn's most innovative art venues. Featuring music based on contemporary Brooklyn writers. IN partnership with the Brookln Book Fair.

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Composers & the Voice
2011-12 Announcement of Participants

AOP is proud to announce the participants for its 2011-12 season of Composers & the Voice.

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The Family Room
Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, 2011

AOP and Opera NJ present FIRST CHANCE staged reading of the new opera from Thomas Pasatieri and Daphne Malfitano starring Lauren Flanigan and Catherine Malfitano. Featuring panel discussion and Q&A with the creators.

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Composers & the Voice
2011-12 Season Announcement

AOP program offers free training in the fundamentals of opera to composers, librettists

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Nora, In the Great Outdoors & The Wanton Sublime
Monday, May 9, 2011

AOP presents FIRST CHANCE concert readings of two new monodramas at The Players in NYC. Featuring panel discussion and Q&A with the creators.

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Semmelweis
Friday, March 25, 2010

AOP presents excerpts from the opera Semmelweiss by composer Raymond J. Lustig at Staten Island University Hospital. Combined Medical and Surgical Grand Rounds Lecture on Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis featuring discussion with Dr. Sherwin Nuland (author, "The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis")

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Opera Grows in Brooklyn: LADIES' NIGHT
Sunday, March 27, 2010

AOP and Opera on Tap return to Galapagos Art Space for the latest in this ongoing series that brings the best of contemporary opera to one of Brooklyn's most innovative art venues. Featuring Patience & Sarah, Prairie Dogs, and Miranda.

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Henry's Wife & Eichmann in Jerusalem
Sunday, March 13 & Sunday, March 20, 2011

AOP presents FIRST CHANCE concert readings of excerpts from two operas-in-development - Henry's Wife (Randall Eng, composer; Alexis Bernier, liberttist) and Eichmann in Jerusalem (Mohammed Fairouz, composer; David Shapiro, librettist). Featuring panel discussion and Q&A with the creators.

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Judgment of Midas
Monday, January 10 & Wedensday January 12, 2011

AOP presents the first concert reading of the entire opera in one act, featuring panel discussion and Q&A with the creators, composer Kamran Ince and librettist Miriam Seidel.

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Opera Grows in Brooklyn
SEX, CIGARETTES AND PSYCHOPATHS (A NIGHT OF LAUGHS)
Sunday, December 5, 2010

AOP and Opera on Tap return to Galapagos Art Space for the latest in this ongoing series that brings the best of contemporary opera to one of Brooklyn's most innovative art venues. Featuring La BoneMe, The Adventures of Albert Fish, and The Filthy Habit.

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Our Basic Nature
Friday, December 10, 2010

AOP presents excerpts from the new monodrama by John Glover and Kelley Rourke at the Greene Space at WNYC. Performances by Andrew Wilkowske and REDSHIFT ensemble.

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Opera Grows in Brooklyn
Monday, October 16, 2010

AOP and Opera on Tap return to Galapagos Art Space for the fourth in this ongoing series that brings the best of contemporary opera to one of Brooklyn's most innovative art venues. Featuring Opera Elvis: A Lament for the King, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Henry's Wife, and A Poem for the Concrete Beneath the Bridge.

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AOP 2010-11 Season

AOP enters its 22nd season of commissioning, developing and presenting new opera and music theatre works

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Opera Grows in Brooklyn
Friday, July 9, 2010

AOP and Opera on Tap return to Galapagos Art Space for the fourth in this ongoing series that brings the best of contemporary opera to one of Brooklyn's most innovative art venues. Featuring Brooklyn Poets: Past and Present, Removable Parts, and The Bloody Chamber.

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The Music of Georgia Shreve and Alvin Singleton
Monday, Apr 26, 2010

AOP presents a concert featuring Georgia Shreve's Triptych - Trio - Oratorio: Portraits of the 20th Century based on texts by James Agee, Sun Tzu, and Hildegard of Bingen and Alvin Singleton's Brooklyn Bones: Requiem for the Revolutionary War Prison Ship Martyrs, text by Patricia Hampl.

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Opera Grows in Brooklyn
Friday, Apr 16, 2010

AOP and Opera on Tap return to Galapagos Art Space for the fourth in this ongoing series that brings the best of contemporary opera to one of Brooklyn's most innovative art venues. Featuring Absynth, Dreams of Pure Spirit: Songs of Tom Cipullo, and Margot Alone in the Light.

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Saturday & Sunday, Apr. 10-11, 2010

American Opera Projects and Boston Classical Orchestra present a concert staging of scenes from Herschel Garfein's new comic opera, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (based on the play by Tom Stoppard) in their orchestral premiere, and the BCO's first performance of Schumann's Second Symphony (marking the 200th anniversary of Schumann's birth), all in celebration of the BCO's 30th anniversary.

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Paul's Case - Act Two
March 14 & 20, 2010
AOP in association with Manhattan Schoool of Music and Opera Index present

Staged workshop of Act Two of the opera-in-development from composer Gregory Spears

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The Golden Gate
Saturday & Sunday, Jan. 16-17, 2010
AOP and LivelyWorks present a staged workshop of the opera

With music by Conrad Cummings and libretto from the novel-in-verse by Vikram Seth adapted by the composer.

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Opera Grows in Brooklyn
OGB 09: Stranger Than Fiction
Saturday, Dec 21, 2009
AOP and Opera on Tap present opera at Galapagos Art Space

Featuring music from the operas Semmelweis, Marymere, and Sucker.

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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Friday & Saturday, Nov. 20-21, 2009
AOP and Mark Morris Dance Center present workshop of scenes

Featuring music by Herschel Garfein. Directed by Mark Morris.
Panel discussion hosted by Glimmerglass Opera.

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Opera Grows in Brooklyn
Friday, July 17, 2009
AOP and Opera on Tap present opera at Galapagos Art Space

Featuring music by David T. Little and the NYC premiere of "Fade".

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The Voice of Brooklyn
MAKE MUSIC NY 09, SUNDAY JUNE 21
AOP presents a free concert in Fort Geene Park celebrating Brooklyn's influence on opera.

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April 22, 2009
Paul's Case w/ Sharon's Grave

NEW MUSIC SCENES, FRIDAY TO SUNDAY MAY 29 TO 31
Featuring AOP's concert reading of the operas-in-development Paul's Case and Sharon's Grave.

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April 13, 2009
Judgment of Midas

A 2500-YEAR-OLD MUSIC BATTLE OF THE GODS CONTINUES AS AN OPERA IN BROOKLYN THIS MAY
Featuring AOP's workshop of Kamran Ince's first opera.

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April 6, 2009
Gregory Spears

Composer presents music around NYC this spring
Featuring AOP's workshop of the composer's first opera "Paul's Case."

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Mar 20, 2009
Opera Grows in Brooklyn

Three opera companies stage excerpts from new works
Featuring AOP and Manhattan School of Music's presentation of Jack Perla's "Love / Hate".

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Jan 11-12, 2009
Pärt / O'Regan at the Guggenheim

Three opera and dance stagings of the music of Arvo Pärt and Tarik O'Regan
Featuring soprano Lauren Flanigan, visual artist Sophie Calle and the choreography of Christopher Wheeldon.

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Nov 21-22, 2008
Seance on a Wet Afternoon
Piano-vocal workshop of the new opera by Stephen Schwartz

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Oct 3-4, 2008
Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes
Fifth annual concert of works by emerging composers
Represents end of composers' year-long study with AOP

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2008/09 Season
2008-09 Season Highlights
New works by Arvo Pärt and Stephen Schwartz
Preview of C&V Six Scenes, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, and L'abbé Agathon

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April 26 & 28, 2008
This Is the Rill Speaking
WORLD PREMIERE PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTION
Purchase College Conservatory of Music, Purchase, NY and Symphony Space, NYC

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May 8 & 9, 2008
Composers & the Voice: First Glimpse
Songs from this season's emerging composers
South Oxford Space in Brooklyn & The Laurie Beechman Theater, NYC

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January 18-20, 2008
First Chance
Workshops of Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Unruly Horses, and The Golden Gate
South Oxford Space in Brooklyn & Rose Studio, Lincoln Center

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January 14-February 25, 2008
Creating the Dramatic Character for Opera
Lauren Flanigan, instructor
SITI Studio - 520 Eighth Ave., NYC

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Nov. 9 & 11, 2007
Heart of Darkness
Semi-staged piano vocal workshop
South Oxford Space in Brooklyn &
Institute for Advanced Study, Wolfensohn Hall; Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ

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Oct . 12 -13, 2007  
Composers & the Voice
“SIX SCENES” OF NEW MUSIC BY SIX EMERGING COMPOSERS
Fort Greene , Brooklyn

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Aug. 25-Sep 8, 2007  
The Summer King
SCENES AT THREE FREE OUTDOOR BROOKLYN EVENTS
Prospect Heights and Fort Greene , Brooklyn

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July 30, 2007 
Lost Childhood
WORKSHOP PREMIERE
Janice Levin Auditorium, Tel Aviv Yafo Music Center
Tel Aviv , ISRAEL

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June 9, 2007 
Darkling
Touring Version - EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Max Kade Auditorium, Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin, GERMANY

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May 20-21, 2007 at 7:30PM 
Romulus
World Premiere
Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th St.

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May 12, 2007 at 8:00PM 
Darkling
Touring Version (excerpt)
Part of New York City Opera's VOX: 2007: O n the Edge
Skirball Center, NYU

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May 11, 2007 at 8:00PM & May 12, 2007 at 10:30PM 
Composers & the Voice: First Glimpse
New songs from this season's group of composers
May 11 - 138 South Oxford St., Ft. Greene, Brooklyn
May 12 - The Hideaway Room at Helen's

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March, 2007
The Summer King
Workshops of new scenes
March 18 - Manhattan School of Music
March 30-31 -
S o uth Oxford Space

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December 4, 2006 at 7:30PM 
The Thief of Love
Premiere Screening & DVD Release Party
Makor/Steinhardt Center - 35 West 67th Street

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November 3 & 4, 2006 at 8PM
Heart of Darkness
Concert workshop and libretto reading
South Oxford Space in Brooklyn & Institute for Advanced Study
Wolfensohn Hall; Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ Event Details

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COMPOSERS AND THE VOICE - SIX SCENES 2006

August 25, 2006 – American Opera Projects Presents "Six Scenes" of New Music by Six Emerging Composers

On Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 7:30pm AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS’ Composers & the Voice Series presents Six Scenes, concert readings from six operas-in-development... read more


DARKLING

January 16, 2006 – AOP Stretches the Boundaries of Opera, DARKLING Premieres…

American Opera Projects (AOP) explores the outer edges of the operatic form with the world premiere of DARKLING. read more

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