The Center for Contemporary Opera for more than three decades has been a leading opera company devoted exclusively to the development and production of modern operas, seen in both in the United States and abroad. The CCO’s 2016 season taking place this October will showcase six operas — two world premieres and two US premieres — to be staged in various venues throughout New York.
The season opens on October 15 at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust with the US premiere of a double-bill by Louis Andriessen. The operas, Anais Nin (a solo work for women’s voice and chamber orchestra) paired with Odysseus’ Women (scored for 2 sopranos and 2 mezzo-sopranos with synthesizer) will mark the US directing debut of Dutch director Jorinde Keesmaat. Ms. Keesmaat was recently named the CCO’s first guest Director-in-Residence, and serves as the permanent director of the Concertgebouw concert series, Tracks. It will also be the first time that she will be working with Louis Andriessen. Neal Goren will conduct. The Louis Andreiessen double-bill will be presented in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
On October 20 and 22, the world premiere of Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre with a libretto by Diane Osen based on Charlotte Bronte’s novel, will be staged at The Kaye Playhouse. Jane Eyre, an opera in three acts, was presented in 2013 by the CCO in a workshop production at the Cell Theatre, and is Karchin’s second opera. Conducting will be the Grammy-nominated and CCO’s Chief Conductor Sara Jobin, joined by Director Kristine McIntyre who will be making her New York City directing debut. The leading roles will be performed by Jennifer Zetlan and Ryan McPherson.
The Center for Contemporary Opera returns to Brooklyn’s National Sawdust on October 26 and 27 for the world premiere of Sweat by New Zealand-Canadian composer Juliet Palmer and librettist Anna Chatterton. Presented in co-operation with Canada’s Urbanvessel, Sweat is a kaleidoscope of characters and stories collected from factories around the world. The work offers a window into the lives of the unseen millions who work to clothe us and the high-flying designers whose fantasies feed the fashion industry.
Love Hurts by Nicola Moro will receive its US Premiere on October 28 at Symphony Space. The librettist is Lisa Hilton, aka as L.S. Hilton, author of the current bestseller “Maestra.” This opera will be presented in its world premiere on June 25, 2016 at Milan’s Teatro Piccolo as a collaboration with the Associazione Solocanto. Love Hurts, a one-act opera set in 1814, imagines the Marquis de Sade, in his lunatic asylum, re-enacting the trial of notorious 15th century hero-turned-murderer Gilles de Rais, the inspiration for the Bluebeard legend. James Ross conducts and the direction is by Federica Santambrogio.
We close our season on November 2 with a program of vocal music by CCO’s Composer-in-Residence Eric Salzman featuring Cassandra Ground Zero with Kristin Norderval (vocalist & computer processing) and Connection Lost (The Tinder Opera) a short film by Adam Taylor and Scott Joiner. This takes place at the cell theatre on 23rd St.
We hope to see you in October!