Friday, June 10, 2011


RWO in rehearsal

RWO presents


Summer is just around the corner, and RWO and the West End String Quartet are hitting the road with their 2011 East Coast Tour.  They are excited to be presenting three new operas by David Smooke, Ryan Jesperson and George Lam.  In addition, the WESQ will be opening the show with a set of their own, featuring music by Kyle Gann, Alfred Schnittke, and Ruby Fulton.

Come to a show near you!

Friday, June 17, at 7 PM | Café Orwell
247 Varet St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Saturday, June 18, at 6 PM | Windup Space
12 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201
*A party for Friends of RWO after the show!*

Friday, June 24, at 7:30 PM | Real Art Ways
56 Arbor St, Hartford, CT 06106

Saturday, June 25, at 2 PM | Yes!Oui!Si! Space
19 Vancouver St, Boston, MA 02115

More about the program
Baltimore composer David Smooke’s Criminal Element, composed for Rhymes With Opera and the West End String Quartet, is an experimental journey through the mind of the French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel, who nearly brought down the entire European financial system in 2008. The composer describes the new nonopera composed in a fabricated language as “exploring the possibilities of sound in order to consider issues of class and how minor errors can lead to dire consequences.”

George Lam’s thrilling mystery Someone Anyone holds us breathless as we follow a prostitute held hostage by her client (pictured above, in a recent rehearsal with Bonnie Lander and Robert Maril), and Ryan Jesperson’s Orphée Redux beautifully re-imagines the Orpheus myth in 1980s New York.

RHYMES WITH OPERA is Ruby Fulton, Elisabeth Halliday, George Lam, Bonnie Lander and Robert Maril.  Find them at  They are affiliated with American Opera Projects.