2018-2019 Press Release


July 19, 2018: New Camerata Opera Announces 2018-2019 Season

(New York, NY, July 19, 2018) New Camerata Opera has announced their 2018 - 2019 Season of programming for mainstage, children’s productions, and online video content. This marks the third and most ambitious season for New Camerata Opera, formed in 2016 by a committee of New York-based opera singers.

The season will begin with the annual Black & White Gala, at University Settlement’s Speyer Hall, on September 21st. In addition to a silent auction to raise funds for the upcoming season, the evening will feature performances from the NCO co-founders, with special guests from NCO’s growing roster of singers participating in Camerata Piccola outreach performances. Pianist Eric Sedgwick will serve as music director.

NCO’s 2018-2019 mainstage season is marked by a new collaboration as an Anchor Partner with The Flea Theater in TriBeCa. The theater will serve as the home for their fall 2018 production of a double-bill of John Blow’s Venus and Adonis and Gustav Holst’s Sāvitri, as well as a spring 2019 production of Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia.

This fall Venus and Adonis & Sāvitri will be directed by Jennifer Williams, whose immersive productions have garnered praise around the world and in Washington DC as founder and artistic director of Public Opera. Music director Stephan Fillare will lead the ensemble and cast from his instrument without aid of a conductor. This production will honor the Indian culture which gave us this story and feature singers of South Asian heritage.

savitri and venus and adonis
rape of lucretia

Playwright and librettist Brittany Goodwin will direct the spring 2019 production of The Rape of Lucretia. This rendering of the tragic story will confront the harsh reality of a woman’s experience with rape, suppression, and being silenced by men and religious culture.  Deaf actors will be employed to give voice to the victim. Music director Justin Bischof will conduct the Modus Opera ensemble in Benjamin Britten’s brilliant, difficult score.

New Camerata Opera is also expanding their children’s opera division, Camerata Piccola, by adding three new productions to its roster, ranging in target age groups from early childhood development to high school. In addition to Peter Rabbit and Party at the Opera, Camerata Piccola will present Rumpelstiltskin, The Wrecked in the Ruin, and Romeo and Juliet. These productions will be presented in libraries and community centers throughout the NYC Metro area. In January 2019, Camerata Piccola will mount a fully-orchestrated version of Peter Rabbit, performed in collaboration with The Montclair Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro David Chan, concertmaster of The Metropolitan Opera.

Camerata Works will release the next three installments of The Ives Project, a collaboration with world-renowned Charles Ives scholar Neely Bruce, and directed by Paul Ashey. Also to be released is the third and final episode of the operatic film trilogy The Prince von Pappenschmear, directed by Adam Laten Wilson, and composed by Peter Englebert.

December 2018 will also bring New Camerata Opera’s third annual “United We Sing” fundraising concert, a free multi-genre concert event that will raise funds for Everytown for Gun Safety.

New Camerata Opera’s mission is to engage, excite, and educate through immersive performances that break down barriers and inspire fans of the future. For more information, please visit our website, or email info@newcamerataopera.org.