On Site Opera Wins Female Composer Grant

By Francisco Salazar

On Site Opera, in partnership with MetLiveArts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Lyric Theater, has been awarded a Female Composer Grant from Opera America.

The grant will help create and produce “Lady Murasaki and the Tale of Genji,” a one-act, site-specific opera composed by Michi Wiancko with a libretto by Deborah Brevoort. The work will premiere in spring 2019 in The Met’s Astor Court.

The work comes after OSO’s acclaimed and heavily successful productions, including Ricky Ian Gordon’s and William Hoffman’s “Morning Star” at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, Mozart’s “The Secret Gardener” in an NYC community garden, Milhaud’s “Guilty Mother” in a Hell’s Kitchen garage, and the world premiere of John Musto’s “Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt” at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs.

On Site Opera will next appear at the Caramoor Festival re-staging Mozart’s “The Secret Gardener” at Caramoor’s Sunken Garden on July 13, 2018, and will co-produce the world premiere of Gregg Kallor’s “Sketches from Frankenstein” in the Catacombs of The Green-Wood Cemetery on October 10, 11, and 12, 2018. The season will close out with a production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” at the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen on December 6-8, 2018.