Experiments in Opera presents eight new operas in a two
night operathon at Roulette in Brooklyn on April 1 & 2, 2015. Over the
course of this opera binge, you will hear the work of eight composers, whose
arrival at opera couldn’t be more roundabout.
The resulting pieces, one-act shorts and excerpts in concert and staged
performances tell a range of absurd, abstract, historical and hilarious
stories. So, take the plunge and stuff your ears!
Gelsey Bell spins a fractured story of social relationships
based on a Rolodex of characters, with her ensemble thingNY.
Roddy Bottum spreads the myth of Sasquatch with a story
about a small town family’s ‘Bigfoot Tours’ and the fallout when their daughter
runs away with the real Sasquatch.
Judith Berkson explores abstract poetic imagery with her
mixed ensemble of keyboards, percussion and voice.
Jason Cady tells the story of alien zoologists trying to
conserve the human race by pairing a woman with one of the last remaining men.
Nick Hallett looks at the nature of inspiration,
originality, and illusion through the cautionary tale of a composer’s behavior
on social media.
Sam Hillmer details the disconnect between spoken words and
thoughts in his auto-biographical multi-media experience.
Aaron Siegel investigates the biblical story of Abraham and
Isaac through the eyes of a performance artist who struggles to find an outlet
for his strange visions.
Matthew Welch explores his family memoirs of wartime
Philippines with his ensemble, Blarvuster.