Sunday, March 20, 2011

3 ONE-ACT OPERAS BY BALTIMORE-BASED COMPOSERS TO RECEIVE WORLD PREMIERE

Contemporary Opera Trio

THE FIGARO PROJECT’S CONTEMPORARY OPERA TRIO 
WHEN:
Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2 ,7:30 PM
WHERE:
University of Baltimore’s Performing Arts Theater,21 West Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore
ADMISSION: Free

On April 1 and 2 at the University of Baltimore’s Performing Arts Theater, The Figaro Project will present its “Contemporary Opera Trio,” three world-premiere one-act operas written by Baltimore-based composers. The production will be performed free to the public.

Operas include Paul Mathews’ crime drama, Piecing it Apart, Douglas Buchanan’s creation myth Lux et Tenebrae, and Joshua Bornfield’s political comedy Strong Like Bull.  Featuring thirteen local performers, the operas will be fully-staged and sung in English. Jim Stopher will conduct.

After The Figaro Project’s inaugural season, founder Caitlin Vincent pursued an ambitious program of contemporary opera for the troupe’s second season. She formed a collaborative partnership with three Peabody composers, including Peabody Dean of Academic Affairs Paul Mathews, with the goal of exposing the Baltimore region to new opera in an accessible way.

Mathews notes, “The Figaro Project has prepared these operas for their first hearings as if they were staples of the repertoire. Singers may dream of Italian arias, but real artists engage the problems of our world with the language and idioms of our time. ”

“All opera was once new,” says Vincent, “and this is an opportunity to experience three new operas that were conceived and created right in the heart of Baltimore.”

About The Figaro Project
Founded in June 2009 with grants from the Peabody Institute and The Johns Hopkins University, The Figaro Project is dedicated to giving performing opportunities to young opera singers and presenting opera in accessible and affordable ways.  For more information, please visit
www.thefigaroproject.com