American Opera Projects To Present ‘The Dinner Party’

By Francisco Salazar

NYU Tisch, the Brooklyn Museum, and American Opera Projects will present 11 Mini-Operas based on Judy Chicago’s iconic feminist artwork “The Dinner Party.”

In May, programs will showcase the 11 original mini-operas inspired by Judy Chicago’s iconic feminist installation “The Dinner Party,” a multi-media work housed in the Brooklyn Museum. The works will be spread out over two evenings. The first night will include six operas with the last five being presented on the second evening. Each opera will be under 15-minutes long and were written and composed by students in the NYU Tisch GMTWP Opera Lab and will be performed by professional opera singers with piano accompaniment.

“The Dinner Party” is the most recent production of Tisch GMTWP’s Opera Lab program, through which students write, compose, develop, and design original operas performed by professional opera singers. Opera Lab was started in 2015 by GMTWP professor Randall Eng with Design Dept. professor Sam Helfrich, and is open to both students and alumni. In previous years, the program’s mini-operas were created on the subjects of Brooklyn’s historic Fort Greene Park and New York City’s International House, which houses and supports international students and entrepreneurs from around the world.

Performances will take place on May 23 at the NYU Tisch’s GMTWP Black Box Theatre and on May 27 at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium at the Brooklyn Museum.