About OPERAtion Brooklyn
OPERAtion Brooklyn is a partnership between Opera on Tap and American Opera Projects, two of Brooklyn’s most acclaimed producers of indie opera. Previously presented under the title Opera Grows in Brooklyn, the series premiered in March 2009 at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn with the idea of presenting the most daring of contemporary opera and song in a relaxed, nightclub-style evening that encouraged drinks and discussion as part of the new classical experience.
Featured composers have included David T. Little, One Ring Zero, Paola Prestini, David Lang, Mohammad Fairouz, David del Tredici, Susan Botti, Daniel Felsenfeld, Martin Hennessy, Raymond J. Lustig, Gilda Lyons, Rachel Peters, Matt Marks, Dennis Tobenski, Stefan Weisman, Chris Berg, Christian McLeer, Conrad Cummings, Peter Hilliard, Andrea La Rose, Kamala Sankaram, Bernadette Speach, Matt Schickele, and Caleb Burhans to name a few.
About the Producers
For 25 years, AOP (American Opera Projects) has been creating, developing and presenting new American opera and music theatre projects. AOP, based in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, has produced over 20 world premiere operas including Kimper/Persons' Patience & Sarah (1998), Stefan Weisman's Darkling (2006), Lee Hoiby's This is the Rill Speaking (2008), and Phil Kline's Out Cold (2012), part of BAM's 30th Next Wave Festival. AOP produces concerts and events including presentations of new music at Works and Process at the Guggenheim, the Rubin Museum of Art, and Carnegie Hall. AOP-developed projects include Stephen Schwartz's Séance on a Wet Afternoon (New York City Opera, 2011), Jorge Martín's Before Night Falls (Fort Worth Opera, 2010), Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness (Royal Opera House (UK), 2011), and Jack Perla's Love/Hate (ODC Theater and San Francisco Opera, 2012). UPCOMING: Gregory Spears's Paul's Case (UrbanArias, 2013).www.operaprojects.org
Opera on Tap (OOT)'s mission is to bring opera to new audiences by performing in bars, rock concert halls, and other alternative spaces. Born in the backroom of a Brooklyn divebar in 2005, Opera on Tap has gained national press recognition, several performance residencies across the city, and regional Chapters in New Orleans, Atlanta, Ann Arbor MI, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Denton TX, San Francisco, Seattle, the Twin Cities, and most recently Boston. In addition to its collaborations at Galapagos with American Opera Projects, OOT hosts a new music concert series called New Brew at Barbes in Brooklyn the first Friday of every other month and bi-annually co-produces the critically acclaimed 21c Liederabend (Best of 2009 in TimeOut NY) in collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt. Opera on Tap has recently been featured for its exploits in The NY Daily News, The Denver Post, The LA Times, LA Weekly, Seattle Weekly, and on NPR's Cross Currents. www.operaontap.org