independence eve

Independence Eve  

An American Opera in Three Scenes (Currently in Development, projected 2016 Premiere)

Libretto: Daniel Neer

Composer: Sidney Marquez Boquiren

 

Independence Eve is a new one-act chamber opera by composer Sidney Marquez Boquiren and librettist Daniel Neer that explores the troubled journey of race relations in America. Comprised of three independent scenes, each taking place on July 3 of different decades in unspecified cities, Independence Eve focuses on the stories of three character pairings struggling with identity and acceptance amidst issues that span one hundred years of our American experience.  Independence Eve is being developed through the guidance and mentorship of American Opera Projects.

CSH_3835  CSH_4439  CSH_5455

 

Performance History and Development

June 3 – 11, 2017

World Premiere

UrbanArias

Signature Theatre, Washington DC

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Robert Wood (conductor), Shaun Patrick Tubbs (director)

 

November 10, 2016

Orchestral Concert Performance of Scene I, ‘Stop and Frisk’

Ensemble Pi / 13th Peace Project Concert: Black Lives Matter

Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn

Brandon Snook (tenor), Damian Norfleet  (baritone)

 

 

February 3 – 5, 2015

Workshop and Piano-Vocal Reading of Complete Opera

Harlem School of the Arts

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Mila Henry (piano), Daniel Neer (director)

 

November 13 & 15, 2014

Piano-Vocal Reading of Complete Opera

Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Garden City, NY

American Opera Projects, South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Mila Henry (piano), Damian Norfleet (director)

 

November 14, 2014

Staged Performance of Scene I, ‘Stop and Frisk’

AOP | Hear America Singing

Bronx Collaborative High School

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Mila Henry (piano), Damian Norfleet (director)

 

September 16, 2014

Concert Performance of Scene 1, ‘Stop and Frisk’

Two Sides Sounding | BEAT Festival

“The Unsung City”

Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Mila Henry (piano), Ted Gorodetzky (director)

 

September 13, 2014

Concert Performance of Scene 1, ‘Stop and Frisk’

Two Sides Sounding | BEAT Festival

East New York Farmers Market, Brooklyn

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Mila Henry (piano), Ted Gorodetzky (director)

 

May 2, 2014

Concert Performance of Scene 1, ‘Stop and Frisk’

Two Sides Sounding

“AOP25: Living Composers, Living New York”

The Actors Fund Arts Center, Brooklyn

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Mila Henry (piano), Ted Gorodetzky (director)

 

November 6, 2013

Libretto Reading

Presented by AOP First Chance

Michael Criscuolo and Damian Norfleet, actors

Lemuel Wade (director)

 

September 22, 2012

Concert Performance of Scene I, ‘Stop and Frisk’

Presented by AOP and the BEAT Festival as part of OPERAtion Brooklyn

The Irondale Center

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Mila Henry (piano), Noah Himmelstein (director)

 

September 19, 2012

Concert Performance of Scene 1, ‘Stop and Frisk’

Presented by AOP and the BEAT Festival as part of OPERAtion Brooklyn

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Mila Henry (piano), Noah Himmelstein (director)

 

September 13, 2012

Concert Performance of Scene I, ‘Stop and Frisk’

Presented by AOP and the BEAT Festival as part of OPERAtion Brooklyn

Flatbush Reformed Church

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Mila Henry (piano), Noah Himmelstein (director)

 

September 7 & 9, 2012

Concert Performance of Scene I, ‘Stop and Frisk’

Presented by AOP as part of Composers & the Voice: Six Scenes

South Oxford Space, Brooklyn

Brandon Snook (tenor), Jorell Williams (baritone)

Mila Henry (piano), Noah Himmelstein (director)

 

Press

June 5, 2017 – The Washington Post: Tackling race in opera — at center stage

“There’s a lot packed into this small, punchy piece… Opera doesn’t need to be obviously relevant to be important. But when one does take on a particularly topical subject, it’s nice to see it doing it justice.”

June 8, 2017 –  DC Theatre Scene: New chamber opera Independence Eve from UrbanArias

“It’s magical… the piece is thoughtful, tender and infinitely musical. Daniel Neer, the librettist, concentrates on the relationships, not the politics…”

June 4, 2017 – DC Metro Theatre Arts: Review: ‘Independence Eve’ at UrbanArias

“This is compact opera that lays social concerns at your feet.”

September 15, 2014 – The New Yorker: “Stop, Frisk, Sing”

July 17, 2014 – Crain’s New York Business: “Stop-and-frisk, the musical”

 

Links / Info

Independence Eve at American Opera Projects