CELEBRATE PRIDE: FREE MOCATalks with Randall Eng and creatives from The Stonewall Operas

Tue, Jun 18, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm



Tickets are FREE and include Museum admission. 


Join us as Randall Eng and composers, librettists, and performers of The Stonewall Operas discuss the process of creating and producing new operas about Stonewall. The event will include excerpts performed live by countertenor Jordan Rutter and music director Kelly Horsted, video excerpts from the performances at the Stonewall Inn, and a Q&A.


The Stonewall Operas are four brand-new short operas inspired by the Stonewall Uprising, written and composed by alums of NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program as part of the Advanced Opera Lab, led by Tisch professors Randall Eng and Sam Helfrich. The operas premiered in May with performances at NYU and at the Stonewall Inn itself, and are a joint collaboration between American Opera Projects, three different departments at NYU/Tisch (Graduate Musical Theatre Writing, Design, and Dance), and the New School.


Randall Eng founded and leads the NYU/Tisch Opera Lab with Sam Helfrich. Under their guidance, students from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program have created more than 30 short operas. As a composer, Randall’s music lies at the intersection of opera, music-theatre, and jazz. His operas Florida, Before the Night Sky, and Henry’s Wife have been performed at UrbanArias, Lyric Opera Cleveland, New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, American Opera Projects, Town Hall, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Center for Contemporary Opera, and Manhattan School of Music. His choral work Remain (a setting of an immigration rights pamphlet) premiered in 2018 by the MasterVoices Chorus. Other dramatic works include The Dangers of Electric Lighting (Luna Stage), Usher, Falling (Opera Vindaloo Festival), and the video opera The Woman in the Green Coat (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); non-theatrical works include commissions for Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Dogs of Desire, Mirror Visions Ensemble, and Composer’s Voice. Randall is a graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge University, and NYU/Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, where he is now an Associate Arts Professor.


Countertenor Jordan Rutter, lauded by critics as a “revelation,” has excelled in opera, concert, and contemporary repertoire. Most recently he was seen with Chicago Opera Theater, where he performed the character of Doodle in Weisman and Coté’s critically acclaimed The Scarlet Ibis. This season, he rejoined American Opera Projects and NYU for their Opera Writing Workshop, where he performed the roles of Rubes in The Community (Cummines / Greenberg) and Kenny in Outside (Blaskie / Christenfeld). Mr. Rutter has further maintained a long association with the composition Three Way (Paterson / Coté), performing the world premiere with Nashville Opera, the New York premiere with the American Modern Ensemble at BAM, and lending his voice to the premiere recording with the American Modern Ensemble. Past credits include standards of the operatic canon, and both oratorio and concert engagements. Mr. Rutter holds a Masters from the Manhattan School of Music.


Pianist Kelly Horsted, a native of Sioux City, Iowa, enjoys an active career in NYC as an accompanist, music director and vocal coach specializing in new opera, art song, and role preparation. An enthusiast of new music, Kelly has enjoyed a long relationship with American Opera Projects including his sixth season as a co-music director for the Composers and the Voice series concluding in Fall 2018. Other notable collaborations with AOP include Hershel Garfein’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness, Paula Kimper's The Bridge of San Luis Rey as well as Patience and Sarah for the chamber opera's premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival. Kelly was part of the artistic team performing Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo, for Urban Arias and Chelsea Opera. Kelly has been a frequent collaborator at NYU's Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Program, and Ann Baltz's Operaworks in LA. He has taught at Hunter College, Mannes College of Music, the International Workshops in Graz, Austria, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Hartt School of Music and Five Towns College. He earned both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Eastman School of Music, where he was a fellowship recipient and 1st place winner in the Kneisel Lieder Competition.