Bono Vox

I’m at the Skirball Center just off Washington Square Park, part of the NYU campus. The orchestra is filing in and warming up and the first performance will begin at 2PM EST. Vox is City Opera’s performing lab/workshop/panel/concert hybrid which presents excerpts from operas that are in various stages of development, and hopefully headed towards the stage. While the works may not be finished, or may be subject to further revision, that each is on the program this afternoon shows that there is substantial material to hear. I’ll be offering my stream-of-consciousness thoughts as they go, so stay tuned.

This Saturday’s program is as follows:

2PM – 3PM:


Composer Brian Current, Librettist Anton Piatigorsky, Conductor Carolyn Kuan. The single character, Shopgirl, sung by Lisa Vroman

Evangeline Revisited

Composer Julian Wachner, Librettist Alexis Nouss, Conductor Scott Dunn. The characters are:

Longfellow – Daniel Bubeck
Evangeline 2 – Amanda Pabyan
Shawnee Woman – Krysty Swann
Evangeline 1 – Kerri Marcinko

3:20 – 4:40PM:

Revolution of Forms

Composers Anthony Davis and Dafnis Prieto, Librettists Charles Koopelman and Alma Guillermoprieto, Conductor Steven Osgood, Chorus Master Charles F. Prestinari. The characters are:

Ricardo Porro – John Rodger
Vitttorio Garatti – Ross Benoliel
Roberto Gottardi – Matthew Curra
Alina – Michelle Areyzaga
Quintana – Gabriela Garcia

with the New York City Opera Chorus and Adonis Gonzalez, piano, Charles Flores, bass, and Cliff Almond ad Juan Castellanos, percussion

Oceanic Verses

Composer/Librettist Paola Prestini, Film by Ali Hossaini, Conductor Robert Trevino, Chorus Master Charles F. Prestinari. The characters are:

Queen – Helga Davis
Marinaio – Claudio Prima
Mother – Hila Pittmann
Man – Christopher Burnett

With women of the New York City Opera Chorus



Composer Michael Gordon, Librettist Deborah Artman, Conductor Robert Trevino, Chorus Master Charles F. Presinari. The characters are:

Acquanetta – Heather Johnson
Ape – Amelia Watkins
Brainy Woman – Katherine Jolly
Director – Matthew Curran
Doctor – Jon-Michael Ball

With the New York City Opera Chorus


Author: gtra1n

I'm a composer and musician, and I write about music—I do that here, for the New York Classical Review, at the Brooklyn Rail (I edit the music section there) and any place else that will have me, like New Music Box and Music & Literature. I also wrote the Miles Davis' Bitches Brew book in the 33 1/3 series.

2 thoughts on “Bono Vox”

  1. I don’t suppose it is surprising given your background as an improvising musician — and I don’t pretend that accolades from your novelist wife are necessarily a meaningful metric — but these live blogposts are wonderful. Rude voodoo telegrams, unfolding through time. I really, really dug them. More, please.

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