New Opera Forum

Interactive discussion about the creation, development and performance of new opera


Gamble Auditorium

Thursday, February 7, 8pm, 2019

Free General Admission

Forum moderated by Mike Telin,

Executive Editor of Cleveland

and member, Music Critics Association of North America


Forum opens with a piano vocal performance featuring
Ann Moss, soprano
Jake Heggie, piano
WORLD PREMIERE: Fox Songs (2018, excerpts)
Griffin Candey / Jane Hirshfield / Caki Wilkinson
            I. Three Foxes by the Edge of the Field at Twilight
            II. Fox
An Amethyst Remembrance (2003)
Vartan Aghababian / Emily Dickinson
            I. Except the Heaven had come so near
            II. I reason, Earth is short
            III. Heart! We will forget him!
            IV. I held a jewel in my fingers
Hard Stones (2018, excerpts)
Griffin Candey / Lisa DeSiro
            II. Lockdown
            III. Boston Strong
WORLD PREMIERE: ... what’s happening? (2018)
David Howell
From "The Book of Nightmares" (2013)
Jake Heggie / Galway Kinnell
            I. The Nightmare
            II. In A Restaurant
            III. My Father's Eyes
            IV. Back You Go

Don't miss your opportunity to discuss and learn about New Opera


The {NOW} Fest '19 Forum is a lively interactive discussion about  new opera with the distinguished panel!


Audience questions will be taken, and various topics will be discussed such as: the state of new opera, producing opera in the 21st century, and aspects of creating, developing, and producing work.

2018 {NOW} Festival Forum Panel:

Jake Heggie, composer and pianist


Griffin Candey, composer - Bernarda Alba


Dawn Sonntag, composer -Coal Creek

Robert Rollin, composer - The Only Jealousy of Emer


Ryan Charles Ramer, composer - The Divorce Box

Jeffrey Quick, composer, The Little White Hen


Sean Ellis Husseycomposer


Christopher Mirto, Stage Director, Proving Up; Assistant Professor of Opera Theater, Oberlin Conservatory 

Ann Moss, soprano and champion of new music

Johnathon Field, director of Oberlin Opera Theater


Hillary LaBonte, soprano and BGSU MicroOperas

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