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LGBT Opera, Then and Now
Thursday, January 10, 2019,6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Hermitage Artist Retreat PresentsHermitage North @ New College“LGBT Opera, Then and Now”With Composer Joseph N. RubinsteinThursday, January 10, at New College of Florida
In this presentation, Rubinstein discusses gay-themed work in opera and explores theopera he’s writing at the Hermitage, which is set in the uptown New York City drag scene of the 1980s.
Reservations for this freeseries are required and can be requested at www.HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Formore information about Hermitage North @ New College or the Hermitage, visitwww.HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
While gay men have long been associated with classic opera fandom, therehave rarely been gay relationships explicitly portrayed in operas themselves untilrecent years. Rubinstein will talk about some recent gay-themed work, and include a
discussion of "Legendary," the opera he is writing at the Hermitage. “Legendary” is setin the uptown New York City drag scene of the 1980s.Rubinstein grew up in Newport News, VA, and currently lives in New York City.His music is often concerned with dramatic narrative and character, and has beenpresented by Fort Worth Opera Festival, The Manhattan School of Music OperaTheater, Triad: The Boston Choral Collective, American Opera Projects, The HolyCross Chamber Singers, The Secret Opera, bass-baritone Matthew Burns at theSpoleto Festival USA, C4, the Society for New Music, and the Young New Yorker’sChorus, among others. Recent performances include scenes from “Legendary” in a2017 workshop by American Opera Projects, a premiere on Sparks and Wiry Criesinaugural songSLAM, and a new choral work as part of Novi Cantori’s 2017Composers Forum. In 2016 he was a fellow in New Dramatists' Composer-LibrettistStudio, and in 2017 he received an Opera Genesis Fellowship with librettist Jason Kim.Select works are published by See-A-Dot Music and recorded on 4Tay Records. Hestudied music at Columbia University (BA) and The Juilliard School (MM).“This winter, the Hermitage hosts three composing teams from the MetropolitanOpera and American Opera Projects,” says Patricia Caswell, co-founder and programdirector. “They are busy at work in their studios, so we’re grateful to Joseph Rubinsteinfor taking a few hours from his AOP commission to share his work and its context withus in Sarasota.”Award-winning creators of all artistic disciplines are invited to live and work atthe Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood. During their residencies, they share theirtalents with the community. Hermitage North @ New College is the most recent
iteration of this outreach. This free series encompasses artist talks and readings,glimpses of the creation of works-in-progress, and live performances of music, theater,poetry and more.All programs are subject to change. Please check the Hermitage website orFacebook page to check program status. For more information about Hermitage North@ New College or the Hermitage, visit www.HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
About the Hermitage Artist Retreat:The Hermitage is a nonprofit artist retreat located in Englewood, Sarasota County, Florida. Itinvites accomplished artists in all disciplines for residencies on its beachfront campus which ison the National Register of Historic Places. Its artists, who are asked to interact with thecommunity, touch thousands of Gulf Coast residents and visitors with unique and inspiringprograms. Hermitage fellows have included Pulitzer, Tony, Emmy, Grammy and MacArthurFellowship award winners. The Hermitage awards the $30,000 Greenfield Prize for a newwork of art, and the Aspen Music Festival awards the annual Hermitage Prize in Composition.For more information about The Hermitage Artist Retreat, visitwww.HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
The Hermitage is supported by:Hermitage programs are supported, in part, by philanthropist Gerri Aaron; by an award fromthe National Endowment for the Arts; by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax
Revenues; and by the Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council ofArts and Culture and the State of Florida (Section 286.25 Florida Statutes).
Hosted by: Campus Life
Additional Information can be found at: https://novoconnect.ncf.edu/event/2959212