Dramatic Writing MFA’s from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama will be presenting short operas composed by MFA’s from the School of Music.
The show on Friday, April 10 is sold out, but there is a wait list and an opportunity to watch a live webcast.
CO-OPERA is a collaborative opera production involving Carnegie Mellon University students from various parts of the university as well as community partner, Pittsburgh Opera. Students, alumni, and faculty from the School of Music, School of Art, School of Drama, and Master of Arts Management Program are working together to present a production on the cutting edge of opera, at the intersection of arts and technology.
Five newly composed operas, 15 minutes each, fully staged and sung in English, will be presented on April 10 at 7:30 PM in Pittsburgh Opera headquarters in the Strip District. The scenes will be created through technology, with the projection of art and other media on stage. Come and explore how an opera is created from scratch. An artist meet & greet reception will take place following the performance in the Founders’ Room of Pittsburgh Opera. This performance will be webcast live.
ABOUT THE OPERAS:
Composer: Dayton Kinney
Librettists: Dan Giles and Julie JigourA sweet story of two people sharing a moment. It is the interaction between a mortician and a girl who has just died as she reflects on her life and what she has not done yet.
Composer: Davis Good
Librettist: Josh GinsburgAn Appalachian setting of the Echo story from Greek Mythology.
Last Night in The Hague
Composer: Chung Wan Choi
Librettists: Wei He and Tracy Held PotterA vignette of Van Gogh’s early life, when he lived in the Hague with the prositute Sien and her children.
For the Time Being
Composer: Daniel Arnaldos
Librettists: Barbara Jwanouskos and Stephen WebbA lesbian couple and their witness travel to a remote place in Southwestern American to get married. Along the way, they encounter some otherworldly beings who help the main character discover some aspects of himself he thought no longer existed.
The Elephants (A Modern Fable)
Composer: Xiao Liang
Librettists: Savannah Reich and Jonah EisenstockThis opera is a short tale of a group of elephants’ interaction with the humans who live nearby, and how modern advances have changed that relationship.