Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Justin Hopkins to perform "Composers & The Voice" in NY

Justin Hopkins, who was one of our 2012 Charity Calendar models, will perform as part of the American Opera Projects six scenes from "Composers & The Voice." The performances are on Friday, September 7 and Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 7:30PM, at South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Scenes include "The Waiting Woman" by Ronnie Reshef, "Stop and Frisk" by Sidney Marquez Boquiren, "Companionship" by Rachel Peters, "Safe Word" by Robert Paterson, "Decoration" by Mikael Karlsson, and "Male Identity" by Zach Redler and Sara Cooper. The emerging composers were mentored by John Corigliano, Daron Hagen,  John Musto, Tobias Picker, Kaija Saariaho and Stephen Schwartz.

The composers will discuss with the audience what it takes to create new operas that range from topical subjects like repercussions from a stop-and-frisk incident to the dark humor of an emotionally delicate woman's relationship to her sentient baking dough. 

Joining Justin Hopkins will be soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra, mezzo-sopranos Rebecca Ringle and Rosalie Sullivan, tenor Brandon Snook and fellow baritone Jorell Williams.

The primary focus of "Composers & The Voice" is to provide composers and librettists experience working collaboratively with a group of singers on writing for the voice and the opera stage.  Participants meet in closed sessions from September to April to present and discuss new works composed specifically for the individual voices of AOP's Resident Ensemble. 

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students/seniors and are available at or at the door.

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