Experiments in Opera returns to the Abrons Arts Center Underground Theater to premiere Radio Operas – a collection of six 10-15 minute works that explore a wide range of stories highlighting the composers’ interests in Modern abstractionism, science fiction, melodrama, satire, hallucinatory experiences, scientific discoveries, and pop culture icons.
Featured works: 'Ping' by John King, 'The Mutt' by Matthew Welch, 'Thomas Paine in Violence' by Paul Pinto, 'The Collector' by Aaron Siegel, 'I Need Space' by Jason Cady and Ann Heppermann, and 'These Walls Can Talk' by Jonathan Mitchell.
Featured performers: Joan LaBarbara, Vince B. Vincent, Erin Flannery, Jamie Jordan – vocals; John King - viola and electronics; James Moore, Taylor Levine and Mary Halvorson – guitar; Matt Evans - percussion; Matthew Welch, Aaron Siegel – spoken voice; Karl Larson – piano; Jason Cady – modular synthesizer; Ed Herbstman, Dennis Pacheco, Annemarie Cullen, Kevin Cragg and Rebecca Robles - actors, and featuring Foley artist Steve Brush.
These are not nostalgic homages to the radio plays of yesteryear. EiO’s Radio Operas are daring new operatic works created by some of the premiere experimental composers of today and designed specifically with this format in mind. Rather than prioritizing stage design and visual storytelling, these opera vignettes feature sound effects performed live by a foley artist, spoken text, music and singing and will rely on the imagination of the listener to create the image of the stories.
This inversion of standard operatic presentation will be made complete when the six featured works are recorded at the studios of Q2 Music for world premiere webcasts and on-demand streaming. Q2 Music will share one opera on consecutive nights Monday through Saturday at 8 pm during a special week in March.
Underground Theater at Abrons Arts Center
The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, at the corner of Pitt Street, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Friday February 28 & Saturday March 1, 2014 --8 pm