American Opera Project to Present ‘First Glimpse: Songs From the Great Room’

By Afton Wooten

The American Opera Project’s fellowship program, Composers & the Voice, is set to premiere the current fellows’ songs in “First Glimpse: Songs From the Great Room.”

Current composers in C&V are Gabrielle Herbst, J.E. Hernández, Raquel Acevedo Klein, Paul Pinto, Tidtaya Sinutoke, Ania Vu. C&V librettist include jeesun Choi, Isabella Dawis, and Troy Defour.

Performers are members of the C&V Ensemble of Singers and include soprano Jasmine Muhammad, mezzo-soprano Max Potter, tenor Aaren Rivard, baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco, and bass Kofi Hayford. Songs were composed specifically for each singer. C&V Music Directors Mila Henry, Kelly Horsted, and Ron Robinson will accompany at the piano.

The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on May 21 and 22 in The Great Room of the A.R.T./NY South Oxford Space in Fort Greene.

Composers & the Voice is a two-year, tuition-free fellowship program. Led by its creator and Artistic Director, Steven Osgood, the fellowship is tailored for composers and librettists who focus on writing for the voice and contemporary opera stage.