January 13, 2016
Festival Opera's First
Composer in Residence:
Wang Jie

  The New York Times calls her "an artist to watch."  Shanghai-born American composer Wang Jie was selected to be Festival Opera's first composer in residence for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
   Still a young composer, Wang Jie's credentials are growing rapidly. Her Symphony No. 2, commissioned and premiered by the Detroit Symphony Orche stra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin was streamed live to a worldwide audience. The showcase of her tragic opera Nannan by New York City Opera's VOX led to the production of her chamber opera Flown, commissioned and produced by Music-Theatre Group.
   Having won the Underwood Composers Commission, her concert opera From the Other Sky was the centerpiece of the American Composers Orchestra's season opening concert at Carnegie Hall. It was also the foundation for a double-bill of chamber operas entitled From the Land Fallen -- originally "To Kill That Bird"-- which Festival Opera will premiere in 2017 in collaboration with American Opera Projects (AOP) New York. 
   AOP was awarded the OPERA America grant for Female Composers in 2014 to develop this production. OPERA America's Opera Grants for Female Composers provide support for the development of new operas by women, both directly to individual composers and to opera companies producing their work, advancing the important objective of increasing diversity across the field.
Festival Opera is partnering with AOP on development activities and the the world premiere. Maestro Michael Morgan will conduct, and Beth Greenberg will return to Festival Opera as stage director. Greenberg most recently directed Festival Opera's production of Ullmann's The Emperor of Atlantis and Heggie's Another Sunrise in 2014. 
   Wang Jie will participate in interactive community events and a workshop of From the Land Fallen during the 2016 season with Festival Opera. 
"Star Trek Meets Mozart" Mashup:
Abduction from the Seraglio 
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February 2016
February 18    
6:00 pm    
(Location sent to members)     
*Members Only    
Festival Opera Annual *Members Meeting & Wine Tasting Party 
April 2016
(date and venue TBA)
Starship Mozart Benefit Dinner Party 
August 2016
(date and venue TBA)

Abduction from the Seragli o
Fall 2016
(date and venue TBA)
Workshop: Wang Jie's
From The Land Fallen
December 2016
Round Hill Country Club, Alam o
2016 Holiday Gala
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