News: "Past and Present: Scenes from American Operas" *Free* on Governors Island on June 22

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The little OPERA theatre of ny will present a FREE concert of scenes from American operas in collaboration with Bronx Opera and operamission. The concert will showcase the diversity of music and stories written for the opera stage by both native-born and immigrant composers and librettists. The concert will take place June 22, 2019, outdoors on Governors Island in Nolan Park, in front of building 25. The performance is at 5pm and is FREE to the public. (Rain date: Sunday, June 23 at 4pm.)

Each of the three companies will present excerpts from operas with singers and piano. The little OPERA theatre of ny will showcase Luna Pearl Woolf and Caitlin Vincent's Better Gods, which tells the story of the last Queen of Hawaii, Lili'uokalani, and the annexation of the island in 1898. Originally commissioned by the Washington National Opera, Better Gods premiered January 8 and 9, 2016 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Woolf, co-founder of Oxingale Records has been called part of a new generation of politically conscious and artistically progressive composers, and her music was praised by The New York Times for its "psychological nuances and emotional depth."

operamission will present The Tragic American Archetype, a quick introspective plunge into two classic American operas written by immigrant composers: The Rake's Progress, by Igor Stravinsky, and the melting pot opera Street Scene, by Kurt Weill. The Tragic American Archetype will feature tenor Kameron Ghanavati as Sam Kaplan and Tom Rakewell, hosted by conductor Jennifer Peterson.

Bronx Opera will present Marc Blitzstein's Regina, based upon the play The Little Foxes, by Lillian Hellman.

Governors Island. Photo provided by Michelle Tabnick PR. 
For complete visitor information, including an island map and ferry schedule visit:

Round-trip ferry tickets are $3 (children under 12, seniors, and IDNYC holders are free). Arrive to your ferry terminal (Brooklyn or Manhattan) at least 15 min before departure time to purchase your tickets. the even has lawn seating, so bring a blanket and enjoy the music with a picnic! Visitors may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to the Island or purchase snacks on-site from multiple food and beverage vendors en route (see


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