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Catapult Opera, whose byline is “launching the future of opera,” debuted in the fall with an innovation competition for online opera video production.
Catapult Opera will be posting the first video in their series of commissions of micro-operas designed for home screen viewing on February 3 at catapultopera.org and can be viewed free of charge. The 17-minute opera, entitled “The Glitch,” is by celebrated American composer Nico Muhly with a libretto by Greg Pierce. It is conducted by Catapult Opera’s Artistic director, Neal Goren and directed by Marcus Shields. The performers are Krysty Swann, mezzo soprano; Lester Lynch, baritone; and Adam Tendler, piano.
Catapult Opera has awarded additional micro-opera commissions to composers and singer-songwriters outside of the classical music genre to engage in the question “What is opera?” Catapult Opera will post these commissions by performance artist Laurie Anderson, by R&B singer-songwriter Celisse Henderson, by rock singer-songwriter Tamar-Kali, and by metal singer-songwriter Jessica Pimentel in the coming months. In addition, the world premiere of a scene from Daniel Catan’s posthumous opera, “Meet John Doe”, will be offered. Catapult opera hopes that these new works will spark conversation about what opera can be in today’s world and will influence its development as an art form for our time.