Program Alums Present New Operas as part of the NYU/Tisch Opera Lab with American Opera Project

Thursday, Nov 18, 2021

Undiscovered Countries artwork

Alums of The Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, members of The Department of Design for Stage & Film, in partnership with The American Opera Project will present UNDISCOVERED COUNTRIES, a series of three 30-minute filmed operas.

The three operas, written in response to the chaotic, momentous year 2020, were written by librettists and composers from the spring 2021 NYU/Tisch Advanced Opera Lab and designed by members of Tisch's Department of Design for Stage & Film. The Lab is led by Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program Associate Arts Professor Randall Eng. The World Premiere will take place place on December 2, 2021 at 7 PM EST via YouTube live video feed.


Music by Zonia Tsang (Cycle 25) & Libretto by Alex Higgin-Houser (Cycle 29)

Design by New Phase Collective

In this shadow puppet opera, a Blackwater mercenary returns to Sparta, TN to live with his sister, having received a presidential pardon for the murders he committed in Iraq. When he moves in, his sister's loyalty is tested when a shadowy presence demands justice.


Music by Gavin Knittle (Cycle 28) & Libretto by Briana Harris (Cycle 28)

Design by Lauren Carmen, Nina Pan, & Christopher Wong

The Dragon Transfer chronicles the experiences of four astronauts on the International Space Station during the Covid-19 pandemic. A newly arrived American astronaut sends a device to her college age daughter in quarantine, while an escaped spider aboard the ISS causes mayhem among the crew.


Music by Willem Oosthuysen (Cycle 20) & Libretto by Tristen Moseley (Cycle 29)

Design by Karen Boyer and Ant Ma

Direction by I-Chen Wang

Drawing on text and music from the Middle Ages, this show sees a horse-headed priest lead a Catholic Requiem, while those in the pews must reconcile a world situated between continual crisis and the cusp of renaissance.

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