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The American Opera Project, Hunter College, & the National Opera Association present a reading of the

new chamber opera


Susan Zeeman Rogers (Concept & Design), Rima Fand (Music), and Karen Fisher (Libretto)

APRIL 22, 2023 (Earth Day!) 2:00-3:30PM

with masterclasses by
9:30-11:00 AM – Brandon McShaffrey: Structuring Emotional Velocity through Movement and Improvisation
11:00-12:30 PM – Miriam Charney: Contemporary Opera: Study of Vocal Methods & Strategies

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Patience & Sarah

Hunter Opera Theater, in association with American Opera Projects, presented this pioneering love story at The Kaye Playhouse.

Set in Connecticut in the winter of 1816, Patience & Sarah tells the powerful story of two young women who meet, fall in love, and resolve to devote their lives to each other. The artist Patience White, sister to a middle-class Connecticut landowner, and tough-minded, adventurous Sarah Dowling, the daughter of a poor farmer, share a mutual dream of leaving behind their repressive families to go pioneering together. Patience wants to go with Sarah, but their families prevent it, so Sarah goes out on the road alone, dressed as a boy and calling herself Sam. She meets Parson Daniel Peel, a book peddler, who invites Sam to travel with him.  When the Parson falls in love with Sam, Sarah reveals herself and decides to return home. She is reunited with Patience and visits her every day for reading lessons. One day when the women are finally alone, Patience’s sister-in-law discovers them in an embrace. Patience’s brother demands that they leave and as the women are about to set sail for Genesee to buy land and make a home together, he gives them his blessing and sees them off. Patience and Sarah, alone together on the boat dock, begin their new life together.


Composer Paula Kimper is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has been active in New York City for over 30 years as a composer of opera, theater, dance, film and song.  Her entire catalogue of scores was recently acquired by the Loeb Music Library of Harvard University. Kimper has received commissions from American Opera Projects, Amy Pivar Dances, Downtown Music Productions, Richard Daniels, Femme Lunatique Productions, New York Festival of Song, Old Deerfield Productions, OPERA America, The Phoenix Concerts, The Walt Whitman Project, and others. In 2013, Paula Kimper Ensemble became a participant in the New York Opera Alliance (NYOA) and Paula is currently director of the Executive Committee of NYOA.  


Librettist Wende Persons has decades of experience working in the performing arts, broadcast, recording, and classical music industries. Most recently, she served as Managing Director of Classical Music Rising. Previously she was an Adjunct Professor of Marketing the Performing Arts at NYU’s Steinhardt School, and a senior consultant the 21C Media Group. Wende has worked at Wolf Trap, the Eastman School of Music, and as Eastman Philharmonia's Orchestra Manager at the Heidelberg Castle Festival in Germany. Born in Buffalo, NY, she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education and English education from SUNY Fredonia and the University of Rochester.

The Bone Keepers, OPERAbbit, and MarShawn

Hunter Opera Theater and the Richard Burke Pocket Opera at Hunter College in collaboration with American Opera Projects present three One-Act Premieres!

HOT performed three one-act operas – two works, OPERAbbit and MarShawn, created by students as part of the Richard Burke Pocket Opera Program at Hunter College, as well as The Bone Keepers, created in collaboration with Brooklyn-based contemporary opera producer The American Opera Projects (AOP). Between the student compositions and The Bone Keepers, Daniel Fox premiered his instrumental composition, "The Violence of Impediments.

CREDITS: Susan Gonzalez (Director), Noby Ishida (Musical Director), Charlotte Athanasidy (Production Manager), Casey O’Neil (Composer, The Bone Keepers), Mariel Mayz (Composer, OPERAbbit), Joe Young (Composer/Librettist, MarShawn), Daniel Fox (Composer, The Violence of Impediments), Sophia Chapadjiev (Librettist, The Bone Keepers), Andrew Mayz (Librettist, OPERAbbit), David Fulmer (Conductor), Talea (Performance Ensemble), Monica Duncan (Projections)

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HOT presents an evening of opera and musical theater, with selections from Company, The Pirates of Penzance, Wicked, Le Nozze di Figaro, L'elisir d'amore and more.

Hunter Opera Theater performance of contemporary opera

HOT presents the NYC premieres of Henry Mollicone's Lady Bird: First Lady of the Land and Kitty Brazelton's: Fireworks: An American Opera Buffa at the Danny Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College


HOT presents the NYC premieres of Henry Mollicone's Lady Bird: First Lady of the Land and Kitty Brazelton's: Fireworks: An American Opera Buffa at the Danny Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College

Hunter Opera Theater students with Kristin Chenoweth

Members of the Hunter Opera Theater make their Broadway debut alongside superstar singer, Kristin Chenoweth in her performance of "My Love Letter to Broadway" at the Lunt-Fontaine Theater.

HOT Presents The Hotel Casablanca by Thomas Pasatieri at the Danny Kaye Playhouse

HOT Performs the World Premiere of The House by Richard Burke at the Danny Kaye Playhouse

Hunter Opera Theater performance of contemporary opera
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