Save a date for the Pocket Opera Players production of two premieres: The Death of Webern by Michael Dellaira and Rerouted, by John Eaton, on (Thurs-Sat) October 10,11 and 12 at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space in New York City.
Creating a full evening of opera and new music with three shows featuring veteran and rising star performers, the productions have been planned and produced by gifted music director, conductor, and interdisciplinary artist, Carmen Helena Téllez.
The Death of Webern by Michael Dellaira, composer and J.D. McClatchy, librettist is set in 1945, a mere five months after the fall of Berlin. The composer Anton Webern was shot and killed by an American G.I. in the town of Mittersill, Austria. Why-- Musicologist Hans Moldenhauer is determined to find out.
Re-routed by John Eaton and Estela Eaton. In this witty farce, the highly contentious Metropolis Opera Company struggles to program its upcoming season from a mausoleum, with assistance by a "temp" and an iPhone navigator. After a series of disasters, some brought on by an opera producing app, a Deus ex Machina saves the company and the day.
The Pocket Opera Players was founded by MacArthur Award winner John Eaton to develop a new operatic genre, exploring the instrumentalists' participation as actors alongside virtuoso singers, close interaction with the audience, and the kinetic use of lighting with costume and prop elements.