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Video Published: 12 Sep 2019

The Stonewall Operas: Nightlife

Enjoy excerpts of new operas written to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, presented by The American Opera Project and the Opera Lab at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Originally recorded on September 12, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at OPERA America's National Opera Center in New York City as part of OPERA America Onstage.


On June 28, 1969, a jazz quartet finishes a gig at the Village Vanguard and embarks on an odyssey around the corner to arrive at the Stonewall Inn. In a sonic landscape awash with Lynchian blue notes and surreal motives, four musicians strive for self-acceptance among the dissonance.


Chick: Sara Couden
Punk: Errin Duane Brooks
Hep Cat: Clayton Graves Williams
Daddy-O: Matthew Gamble
Tyler J. Rubin, composer
Deepali Gupta, librettist
Jillian Zack, music director

OPERA America Onstage is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by grants from the Amphion Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and NYC & Company Foundation.