Experiments in Opera is a composer- and performer-driven collaborative, featuring recent and new works with unorthodox answers to the traditional questions about how to connect words, story and music. The collaborative emerges from a pronounced need to nurture composers drawn towards extending their work beyond the standard concert experience and into the hybrid space of the theater, performance, installation, dance and storytelling arts.
In May 2012, Experiments In Opera will present its Spring Series at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn. The two-day series will feature partially staged productions of two operas that have been in development with Experiments in Opera since January 2012: Jason Cady's 'Happiness is the Problem' and Matthew Welch's 'Borges and the Other'. The Spring 2012 Series will also feature more excerpts from Aaron Siegel's 'Brother Brother' as well as a new work from the Cough Button collective featuring Dave Ruder, Aliza Simons and Lynn Levy.
Your contribution to the Experiments in Opera Spring 2012 Series fundraising campaign will have multiple impacts:
Â· It will highlight the re-emergence of opera as a relevant art form that speaks to the contemporary condition, perhaps more so now than at any time before.
Â· It will allow us to make the most of our opportunity to engage new audiences who otherwise are not interested in experimental opera or any kind of opera.
Â· It will ensure that Experiments in Opera continues to build a nurturing community of experimental opera composers.
What We Need & What You Get
The May 2012 Spring Series builds on the great foundation we established for the Inaugural evening at Le Poisson Rouge in January 2012. That event featured excerpts from four operas in concert presentation form. But, Opera is a visual medium as much as a musical medium, which is why we have aimed to make the May Series a showcase for staged versions of Matthew Welchâ€™s â€˜Borges and the Otherâ€™ and Jason Cadyâ€™s â€˜Happiness is the Problem.â€™
Your contribution to this campaign will allow us to vastly expand the impact of our featured composersâ€™ work by bringing in a creative team that will bring to life the exciting visions of these two works. We are engaging our community in a number of different ways to continue building support for Experiments in Opera and your contribution here is only one part of our strategy. We are also counting on support from our Spring Series Benefit Event, donations from New York Area production vendors and individual donations.
The 2012 Spring Series will be a huge success either way. The only questions is whether you will be there to help us celebrate!
Please consider a contribution and see below for a list of gifts that we can offer in thanks for your support.
Other Ways You Can Help
Are you looking to do more to help spread the word about Experiments in Opera? Please share this campaign or our experimentsinopera.com website with your social media circle. Thanks for your support!