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Aging Magician is an epic new opera-theater work that tells the story of Harold, an aging clockmaker near the end of his unusual life. A string quartet and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus help him uncover his legacy as the stage of the New Victory Theater is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. Creators Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter), Rinde Eckert, Paola Prestini, and Mark Stewart bring together the worlds of music, theater, puppetry, instrument-making, and scenic design to paint this poignant allegory of time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life — or perhaps the ordinary magic of a peculiar life.
The legendary Harold Prince directs a new production of Bernstein's perennial favorite Candide, which premiered at New York City Opera under his direction in 1982 and became a staple of the company's repertoire. Leading the cast is Jay Armstrong Johnson as Candide and Linda Lavin as The Old Lady.
Sung in English, with supertitles.
Dido, a young queen in the midst of building the city of Carthage, is thrown into turmoil when the brave and handsome warrior Aeneas lands on her shores. Initially rejecting his advances, her ever-observing court coaxes her into a relationship with the visitor for their own enjoyment. After a very swift and public romance, the lovers are split by a jealous and conniving Sorceress, driving Dido and all of Carthage to a tragic end.
The Norwegian company Grusomhetens will perform the work of Norway's native son Henrik Ibsen when it presents Fjeldfuglen (The Mountain Bird), an 1859 opera with a libretto by Ibsen.
Two musical tales of Jewish humor and heartbreak. The evening of opera begins with a 20-minute curtain raiser, Seymour Barab's raucous, off-color opera vaudeville From Oy to Vey. Following this curtain raiser is Lady of The Castle, a ghostly post-Holocaust chamber opera based on a true story and an Israeli play by Lea Goldberg with music and lyrics by Mira J. Spektor. Lissa Moira directs a cast of five, including Darcy Dunn, Douglas McDonnell, James Parks, Bennett Pologe, and Amanda Yachechak.
From Oy to Vey is a 20-minute raucous off-color opera vaudeville curtain raiser of five select pieces from the larger work by Seymour Barab.
Lady of The Castle is set in 1947 after the Holocaust. Is there a young Jewish girl still hidden in the old castle? Based on a true story and Lea Goldberg's Israeli play, Lady of the Castle is a chamber opera about illusion, reality, love, betrayal, death and hope. Originally commissioned and presented by Theater for the New City in 1982.
MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) – founded in 1941 by legendary conductor Robert Shaw – will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season.
Following this past season's successful partnership with New York City Center, MasterVoices is pleased to return there for the New York premiere of 27. A new English translation of the St. John Passion and the first major revival of Babes in Toyland in New York City in over 85 years will be performed at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.
Don't miss NYGASP's all-new production of The Mikado. The history and inspiration for the writing of The Mikado is center stage as we combine the real life characters of Victorian London's D'Oyly Carte Opera Company with the imagined setting of Titipu, influenced by the art and architecture of Japan that had recently reached England in the late 19th century. At the outset, you'll meet Messrs. Gilbert, Sullivan, and D'Oyly Carte themselves, and join them on a fantastic voyage to a land where the timeless libretto, beautiful music, and all of your favorite characters await! There are the three little maids from school, a wandering minstrel, a hilariously corrupt public official, and a Lord High Executioner who may have a list of potential victims but is too tenderhearted to actually perform his duties. At the heart of this tale is a love story: a beautiful school girl loves the romantic wandering minstrel, but she is engaged to the executioner.
Fads come and go, and aesthetic poetry is all the rage in town these days, especially among the maidens who have all become groupies of the self-styled poet Reginald Bunthorne - to the dismay of their macho military boyfriends. All but Patience, the virtuous village milkmaid who claims to have never loved anyone. She doesn't care for poetry much either, and, as it turns out, neither does Bunthorne! And while Bunthorne is infatuated with Patience, she falls for her childhood crush Archibald Grosvenor, another famous aesthete who attracts women even faster than Bunthorne. The rigid military men attempt to win back their ladies by comically attempting to be willowy poets, but, when exasperated Bunthorne challenges Grosvenor to give up the current aesthetic craze, he does so willingly - and everything backfires.
Each January, HERE and Beth Morrison Projects join forces to coproduce Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now, a festival of opera-theater and music-theater in New York City. After four years on the scene, Prototype has produced and presented 129 performances; shared the work of more than 400 local, national, and international artists; exposed visionary work to more than 15,000 people; and filled 22 stages across multiple boroughs of New York City. It has unleashed a powerful wave of opera-theater and music-theater from a new generation of classical and postclassical composers and librettists.