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Opera News from PSNY Composers

Our PSNY composers are keeping busier than ever, and we'd like to share three projects that are making headlines across the nation. Starting with a bi-coastal collaboration, California-based composer (and librettist) Ken Ueno is working with Boston-based Guerilla Opera on a new project entitled Gallo [Chicken], directed by Sarah Meyers. Premiering at the end of May, this evening-long chamber opera "investigates how the landscape and man shape and transform each other, and addresses the fundamental question of ontology: 'the chicken or the egg?'" 

A week earlier, in Washington, D.C., David T. Little's Soldier Songs will be performed at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Recently featured in The Washington Post, this work is a tour-de-force multimedia event, bringing out Little's signature compositional voice and disturbing subject matter. Check out Little's Last Nightfall, for soprano and ensemble, to get a taste of Little's powerful, political writing. 

And, for those who haven't heard, Kamran Ince has premeired a new monodrama, entitled Abandoned, as a part of Opera Memphis' "Ghosts of Crosstown"  festival. Writing through "the perspective of an abandoned building speaking to the sun at night," this work inhabits the world of the Sears Crosstown Building in downtown Memphis, abandoned in 1993. 

David T. Little & Third Coast Percussion Release "Haunt of Last Nightfall"

New Amsterdam Records has just released an exciting new album of music by David T. Little, featuring Third Coast Percussion, along with Eileen Mack, Melissa Hughes, Andrew McKenna Lee, and Toby Driver. The album, "Haunt of Last Nightfall", deals with the massacre of El Mozote, El Salvador in 1981. One of the works featured on the album, "Last Nightfall," is available from PSNY. Little writes,

"It is based on the experiences of Rufina Amaya (1946-2007), a mother of three, and among the only survivors of El Mozote. Containing scenes from each day of her ordeal, the work explores an emotional reality that she may have experienced as she left her decimated family and village behind, crawling on her belly through briars and mud, toward her unwanted new life."

Check out a preview of the album here: 

David T. Little at the Metropolitan Opera

David T. Little, whose works Sweet Light Crude, Raw Power, and Last Nightfall are available through PSNY has been chosen by the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater to be a collaborator in the recently formed Met/LCT New Works Program. This program, which helped develop Nico Muhly's Two Boys to critical acclaim, pairs composers with librettists to develop works for eventual production at the Metropolitan Opera or Lincoln Center Theater. Little has had a flurry of activity surrounding his larger projects in the past few years; his opera Dog Days, critically acclaimed by the New York Times, was recently produced by Beth Morrison Projects in Montclair, NJ; another work, Soldier Songs, was performed at Pace University in early 2013

Check out this video of excerpts from Dog Days to get an idea of Little's work:  

We're eagerly following David's website to see what's coming up next for him-- keep an eye out for some fantastic projects in the near future! 

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