AOP First Chance: VERA

AOP First Chance: VERA
Sunday, March 12 | 2:30 PM
Thursday, March 16 | 7:30 PM
Manhattan School of Music - Greenfield Hall
120 Claremont Avenue (Between 122nd and La Salle Streets)
New York, NY 10027

AOP First Chance: VERA and LEGENDARY
Sunday, March 19 | 8:00 PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

The Manhattan School of Music, in collaboration with AOP First Chance, presents a staged reading of scenes from Vera, the new opera by composed by Matthew Barnson with libretto by Mark Sonnenblick. In an empty corner of the cosmos, a small government spacecraft hurtles towards the farside colony of Muriana. It transports Caroline, future ambassador to the colony, her husband Gregory, and their daughter Vera. A faulty communication transmitter, however, has forced Gregory to restart the System—the onboard computer that tends to their every need. Probably everything will be fine.

Caroline: Abigail Shapiro (Cover: Han Hsiao)
Gregory: Marshall Morrow
Vera: Yesul Yeon (Cover: Sara Mikulski)
Voice: Sara Mikulski
Anne Shikany, director
Scott Rednour, music director

The March 12 performance is presented as part of the annual Opera Index series New American Opera Previews, From Page to Stage. It also features a performance of new music from Encompass New Opera Theatre.

The March 19 performance will also feature a music reading of excerpts from Legendary, a new opera by composer Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim about double lives and destructive desires set in the glory days of New York City’s underground drag culture. 1985. New York City. Inspired by a true story, famed drag performer Dee Legendary embarks on a passionate love affair with Officer John, whose fascination with Dee takes an unexpected and dangerous turn.

Each performance will feature a post-show discussion with the artists.

March 12 & 16: General Admission: FREE
March 19: General Admission: FREE with reservation

Made possible in part by a generous multi-year award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Vera and Legendary were initially developed in AOP's Composers & the Voice fellowship program.


Matthew Barnson