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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 Brooklyn Youth Chorus help Harold uncover his legacy as the New Victory stage is transformed into a living, breathing instrument. Creators Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter, New Vic 1999), 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 on time, youth and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, or perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life.
8 people, 6 instruments, billions of stars... you're in for a SciFi-Folk-Event! Inspired by conventional science fiction models, the story explores humanity's relentless endurance with the grounding tones of folk music. A gripping tale singing you to the stars.
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 libretto by Ibsen.
Fusion Theatre, set up by award winning Irish Actress/Singer Eilin O'Dea, has the objective of re-visiting and adapting classical plays, obliterating pre-conceived boundaries between theatre and music and presenting both theatre lovers and opera fans with a theatrical experience where both genres are seamlessly merged. Fusion Theatre is thrilled to begin its journey with Sartre's masterpiece where audiences are promised a novel and groundbreaking interpretation of No Exit. Working with an experienced Broadway cast of actors as well as Opera stars this production is a must see for theatre and music lovers across the board.
A contemporary musical fable set on Christmas Eve 2002, a year and a season after 9/11, the event that turned our world upside down. In the doomed Tower Diner at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, the loyal staff and eccentric regulars gather to raise one final toast before the wrecking ball strikes. Enter a mysterious stranger, who seems to be a firefighter with no memory of who he is, but a preternatural ability to decipher the secrets of those he encounters. With a fierce sense of purpose he battles the real estate profiteer cashing in on the tragedy, but in so doing uncovers the profound, sad secret of his own identity, paradoxically restoring hope to all the lonely strangers he encounters.
Each January, HERE and Beth Morrison Projects join forces to co-produce Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now, the premier global festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre in New York City. After just 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-theatre and music-theatre from a new generation of classical and post-classical composers and librettists, and as Opera News proclaimed, "has become a major leader in opera theatre for the twenty-first century."
Violetta & Her Sisters – featuring Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata, Jules Massenet's Manon, a semi-staged Scenes from the demi-monde, featuring excerpts from Puccini's La Rondine and Leoncavallo's La bohème, and a recital featuring the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, with settings by Debussy, Fauré, Duparc, Vierne, d'Indy, Loeffler and others.