Robert Paterson’s ‘Three Way’ To Make Its New York Premiere

By Francisco Salazar

Robert Paterson’s “Three Way” will have its New York premiere at BAM in a co-production with Nashville and American Opera Projects.

The trio of comic one-act operas for eight singers and chamber orchestra, with a libretto by David Cote, will have four performances from June 15 to 18, 2017.

“Three Way” had its world premiere at the Nashville Opera in January and scored rave reviews. The three acts of “Three Way” explore the possible future and the eternal questions of love, sex, and need. The first opera “The Companion” is about Maya and her live-in lover Joe, a biomorphic android. The second opera “Safe Word” explores an encounter between a dominatrix and her businessman client that goes places no one expects. Finally, “Masquerade” dramatizes a party at a mansion in which four couples don masks and shed their outer selves.

The New York premiere will feature the same cast as the Nashville production with sopranos Danielle Pastin and Courtney Ruckman, mezzo-sopranos Eliza Bonet and Melisa Bonetti, countertenor Jordan Rutter, tenor Samuel Levine, baritone Wes Mason, and bass Matthew Treviño. John

Nashville Opera CEO & Artistic Director John Hoomes will serve as the stage director while Dean Williamson will conduct and serve as the music director. American Modern Ensemble, the acclaimed contemporary group of which Robert Paterson is artistic director, joins the production as the orchestra.

The June 17 performance will feature a pre-show talk with John Hoomes and the creative team hosted by psychotherapist Ian Kerner titled “Robots, Role Play, and Swingers  Sex in the Modern Era.”