The American Opera Project to Preview New Works in ‘C&V Scene and Heard 2021’ Concert

By Logan Martell

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This September, The American Opera Project will launch their 33rd season with music from five new operas in an outdoor concert, titled “C&V Scene and Heard 2021.”

The concert will showcase works from emerging composers: “Marble House,” by Matt Frey; “Simone de Beauvoir at the Museum,” by Alaina Ferris; “28th Ave” by Michael Lanci; “Alma,” by Mary Prescott; and “Protectress,” by Jessica Rudman. The works were created during their fellowships in AOP’s opera writing program “Composers & the Voice.” Hosted by C&V Artistic Director Steven Osgood, the biannual event will give audiences a look into the creative process behind these developing operas.

The scenes will be performed by C&V resident opera singers, comprised of sopranos Jasmine Muhammad and Justine Aronson; tenor Timothy Stoddard; and baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco. They will be joined by guest artists such as sopranos Nina Riley and Victoria Davis, and mezzos Blythe Gaissert and Caitlin Burke. C&V Music Directors Mila Henry and Kelly Horsted will accompany the singers, with stage directions by Luke Landric Leonard and Katie Madison. Film direction and editing will be done by Deborah Cowell, with Isaac Madison as the camera operator.

The performances will be held at Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, New York, in a tent by the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument. Tickets are $25, with discounts available via a promo code on AOP’s social media. All audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination, via physical card or copy, or digitally through the New York State Excelsior Pass.