Off-Brand Opera presents SPARK a first experimental concert on May 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. Soapbox Gallery (636 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY) Tickets: $30 to $45: For tickets, visit https://off-brand-spark.eventbrite.com.
What is opera for us today? A visceral experience of beauty? A vestige of the musical and dramatic glory of bygone eras? What are the new ways to showcase the genre and make it relevant to modern audiences?
In its first opera, SPARK, Off-Brand Opera seeks to start a conversation about what opera CAN be for us today, through a series of experimental vignettes incorporating multiple mediums and performed by a diverse set of artists. Showcasing the work of composers, choreographers and writers who represent nearly 400 years of theater history, SPARK presents an evening of interdisciplinary songs and scenes that transform traditional operatic elements to tell contemporary stories.
This program is entirely composed of new and newly transformed works, from world premieres to reimagined, arranged and freshly translated reimaginings of classical repertoire. Wine and themed mocktails will be served at this intimate event, which also provides an opportunity to get to know the artists behind Off-Brand Opera between numbers as they mingle with the audience.
SPARK features the talents of Hilary Baboukis (mezzo-soprano), Stacey Canterbury (soprano), Misha Culver (dancer), Phoebe Corde (playwright and writer), Alexia DelGiudice (viola), Christine Duncan (mezzo-soprano, designer and translator), Kayla Faccilongo (mezzo-soprano and guitarist), Emily Garber (librettist), Shira Helena Gitlin (director), Bea Goodwin (librettist), Brendan Hartnett (director and divider), Keyana Hemphill ( actor), EB Hinnant (tenor & actor), Felix Jarrar (composer), Erin Kennedy (soprano, pianist, designer and translator), Jake Landau (composer, pianist, arranger and translator), Mark Martinez (tenor), Anthime Miller (cello), Aaron Petrovich (baritone), Nathan Respasz (percussion), Lotus Rogers (mezzo -soprano and actor), Veronica Shea (soprano, director and translator), Steve Valenzuela (baritone) and Leslie Andrea Williams (choreographer, actor and writer).
SPARK will take place on May 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Soapbox Gallery, located at 636 Dean’s Street, Brooklyn, NY. General admission tickets are $30, with VIP tickets (including 2 drinks) available for $45.
In a world where the definition of brand rules, three singers found themselves looking for a space to perform with something different, something off-brand. Tradition told them that was not how it was done. What if it could be? Off-Brand Opera strives to push and blur the boundaries of genre and performance practice, bringing musical communities together in service of storytelling. We encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration to foster new, relevant, and relevant interpretations of beloved works.