HEARTBEAT OPERA JOINS THE ROSTER

05.02.19
Heartbeat Opera

We are thrilled to welcome the dynamic opera company Heartbeat Opera to our roster for touring in the 2020-2021 season. This young company is pioneering new and imaginative ways to present beloved opera favorites with smaller ensembles, new English translations, and shorter adaptations. Co-Artistic Directors Louisa Proske and Ethan Heard are "reformatting the opera experience from the grand to the deliberately intimate...a radical transformational approach to the standard repertoire" (The Wall Street Journal).

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CARMEN
“riveting and unexpected”
The New York Times

NEW 90 MINUTE ADAPTATION
Adapted & Directed by Louisa Proske
Arranged and Music Directed by Daniel Schlosberg
New English Dialogue Written by Michaël Attias

In this "gritty, modern production” (The New York Times), the border is a place of intense turmoil—the border between cultures, between law and crime, between desire and ­repulsion, between men and women, and, finally, between life and death. This radical new adaptation strips down ­Bizet’s explosive masterpiece to the four central characters as they hurl themselves against real and imaginary fences. Carmen’s existential dare seduces the enemy in uniform – but in the game of sexual transgression, which lines cannot be crossed?

Consisting of 4 singers, 2 actors, and 6 musicians, the 90-minute reworking of this beloved opera is sung in French with spoken English dialogue.

“Gripping as music theater in its own right... Proske set out to examine and challenge the all-­too-timely oppositions structured around borders of all types.” OperaNews 

FIDELIO
“urgent, powerful, and poignant” The New York Times

NEW 90 MINUTE ADAPTATION
Adapted & Directed by Ethan Heard
Arranged and Music Directed by Daniel Schlosberg
New English Dialogue Co-written by Marcus Scott & Ethan Heard

With a cast of 5 singers, 7 band members, and a chorus of recorded audio and video of more than 100 incarcerated singers and 70 volunteers from six prison choirs in four states across the Midwest, Fidelio is a “fearless work that [is] somehow true to the original yet very current” (Broadway World). 

In Heartbeat Opera’s adaptation of Beethoven’s opera, a black activist is wrongfully incarcerated. His wife, Leah, disguises herself to infiltrate the system and free him. But when injustice reigns, one woman’s grit may not be enough to save her love. This daring work pits corruption against courage, hate against hope.

“The dedication and achievement of all participants is remarkable. High standard of music-making… gripping and entertaining” Opernwelt