Gulf Coast Symphony workshops new opera with American Opera Projects

October 3, 2017

Friday, October 6 | 8:00 PM
The Great Room – South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY

Join American Opera Projects for a music reading of excerpts from the new opera Gulliver’s Travels, a “mythological burlesque” based on the Jonathan Swift novel, by composer Victoria Bond and librettist Stephen Greco. Greco, Bond, and Dramaturg Doug Fitch will discuss the work and their plans for the full production in 2019 with the Gulf Coast Symphony. Andrew Kurtz, Music Director of the symphony will conduct the one-hour workshop performance. A reception follows.

Appropriate for family audiences in the tradition of Hansel and Gretel, the opera is a journey of the imagination, where the world isn’t limited to what you see or what you know. Gulliver travels to four strange and exotic countries: Lilliput, a miniature land where Gulliver is a giant; Brobdingnag, a land of giants, where Gulliver is miniature; Laputa, the floating city of intellectual pursuits; and the land of the Houyhnhnms, where horses are evolved and humans are primitive “Yahoos.” Gulliver’s adventures and observations of the follies and vices of man form the basis of the opera, blending satire, humor, and drama. Told through music and animated objects, the opera is for the adult in every child.

Ariadne Greif, soprano
Yoojin Lee, mezzo-soprano
Scott Joiner, tenor
David Charles Tay, tenor
Jonathan Hare, baritone
Emmanuel Chumaceiro, bass-baritone
Andrew Kurtz, conductor
Kristen Kemp, piano
Co-presented by Gulf Coast Symphony, in association with Welltone New Music, Inc.

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