Morningside Opera to Present HERE BE SIRENS, 1/11-2/2
Morningside Opera, the NYC-based opera company that most recently presented the acclaimed ¡Figaro! (90210), is proud to present HERE BE SIRENS, the world premiere of a new dramatic composition by award-winning composer Kate Soper, directed by OBIE Award-winner Rick Burkhardt. HERE BE SIRENS, which marks the premiere of a new work by a living composer for Morningside Opera, will play six performances from January 11th - February 2nd at the Dixon Place Theater (161A Chrystie Street, in New York's Lower East Side). Tickets for HERE BE SIRENS are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, $15 for students and seniors. Advance tickets are now available online at www.morningsideopera.com, by calling 866-811-4111, or in-person at Dixon Place .
HERE BE SIRENS blends music, screwball comedy, and Aristotelian tragedy to present the mythological sirens as real beings as they try to croon their way off the island. Scored for three female voices and piano, HERE BE SIRENS lives on the cutting edge between music and theatre as all three performers play the grand piano.
HERE BE SIRENS is the newest work by composer/soprano Kate Soper, hailed by the New Yorker as "a dazzling vocalist" and praised in the New York Times for her "exquisitely quirky" compositions. Ms. Soper received an award from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2012, which supports this production of her new work. Other recent awards and commissions include the American Composers Orchestra, The Koussevitsky Music Foundation, and Chamber Music America. She is a co-director and vocalist for the new classical music ensemble Wet Ink.
HERE BE SIRENS is be directed by Obie-winner Rick Burkhardt (Three Pianos), listed as an "Off-Off Broadway Innovator to Watch" by Time Out New York (2011).
HERE BE SIRENS features GELSEY BELL, BRETT UMLAUF, and MS. SOPER.
Annie Holt, Artistic Director of Morningside Opera says: "I am pleased that contemporary opera is gaining a strong foothold among the current generation of young composers. As a composer and a singer, Kate Soper gives a fresh take on the dangers of the Sirens, and on indulgence in sensual pleasure at its most extreme."