Critically acclaimed Pocket Opera Players presents world premieres of one-act operas: Re-Routed by John Eaton with libretto by Estela Eaton, and The Death of Webern by Michael Dellaira with libretto by J. D. McClatchy. The performances are at 8 pm on October 10, 11 and 12, 2013 at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York City.

Tickets are available online at symphonyspace.org.

John Eaton
Composer and Artistic Director, John Eaton

A GPS navigation unit personified has a major role in a new farce by John Eaton, who teams up with his daughter and frequent collaborator, the poet and librettist Estela Eaton. Re-routed brings a 150 year-old tale, Dostoyevsky’s Bobok, to life as an opera-within-an-opera. The story is brought into the 21st century as a present-day opera company struggles to plan their next season, overcoming a series of disasters. With references to Figaro, The Magic Flute,and works by Puccini and Wagner, the fantasy-like tale has a happy ending as once-dead characters are resurrected.

Michael Dellaira
Michael Dellaira
On September 15, 1945, celebrated Austrian composer Anton Webern steps outside for a smoke. A single shot rings out, and Webern is dead at the hand of an American GI. Was it an accident? Mistaken identity? Or purposeful assassination? With librettist J. D. McClatchy, composer Michael Dellaira assembles the compelling story The Death of Webern, based on the research of musicologist Hans Moldenhauer and Webern’s own private lectures.

Pocket Opera Players was founded by the MacArthur Award winner John Eaton in 1993 to develop a new operatic genre. The hour-long productions composed by Eaton and his contemporaries are “pocket operas”, requiring only a handful of instrumentalists and vocalists, with minimal yet imaginatively lighted sets that can be mounted on a modest budget in small spaces. Instrumentalists participate in the action alongside virtuoso singers, and productions feature a close interaction with the audience, kinetic use of lighting, and costume and prop elements. PocketOperaPlayers.org

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