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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.
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.
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.
Award-winning playwright Joe Sutton imagines what might have happened if one of the 20th Century's most celebrated authors, George Orwell, had actually visited America.
In the first years after World War II the author of Animal Farm is chaperoned during an American book tour by a fetching young woman, whose job is to dissuade Orwell from telling Americans why he is a proud socialist.
Following its World Premiere at Northern Stage, Orwell in America makes its New York Premiere starring Jamie Horton (long-time leading actor from the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theater Company) in the title role.
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."