The Leopard, by Michael Dellaira with J.D. McClatchy, performances March 13, 17, 18


Mar 13 2016 - 2:30pm

THE LEOPARD: Scenes from the new opera

The Manhattan School of Music, in collaboration with American Opera Projects, presents scenes from the new opera The Leopard, with a post-show discussion with the composer Michael Dellaira, and librettist J. D. McClatchy.

Based on the internationally acclaimed 1958 novel Il Gattopardo by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard will be Michael Dellaira's third opera with J. D. McClatchy.
Sunday, March 13 | 2:30 PM 
Thursday, March 17 | 7:30 PM
Manhattan School of Music - Greenfield Hall
122nd Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Friday, March 18 | 8:00 PM
South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217 
In 1860, during the Risorgimento, Garibaldi has invaded Sicily and is sweeping the country towards a unified Italy. "For things to remain the same everything must change" declares the young and idealistic Tancredi to his uncle, Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina. The Prince, known as The Leopard because of his commanding personality, is of the old school, and he now faces a society in upheaval, and is forced to choose between decay and progress, between the downfall of the nobility and the future of his family.
The March 18 performance will be a First Chance double-bill with From the Land Fallen by composer Wang Jie and librettist Anne Babson, a new chamber opera of two stories, one comic and one tragic, about the Chinese Zodiac Animal overlords. Excerpts will be performed by soprano Mary Mackenzie with the composer at the piano.
March 13: General Admission: $20 | Advance: $15 | Students/Seniors: $10; 212-706-9550 to order tickets
March 17 & 18: FREE
Commissioned by American Opera Projects. The Leopard is made possible, in part, through generous funding by The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Paul Underwood Charitable Trust. The AOP 2015-16 season is made possible by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., BMI, Howard Gilman Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the contributions of many individuals.