In Harlem, the Baylander, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, was the stage for Tom Cipullo’s “Glory Denied,” which dives into the struggles of an American prisoner of war in Vietnam.
The festival kicks off on May 1 and runs all the way through the end of June thanks to the New York Opera Alliances (NYOA), a consortium of New York opera companies and producers. The showcase will feature 28 events with productions taking place in theaters, gardens, garages, bars and even playgrounds among others.
by Gale Martin. "Thematically, the work combines two amazingly complementary sides of dramatically different pieces featuring young lovers whose passions are obscured in the technology that binds them–the dreaded cell phone–in one clever and often haunting masterwork. Though both pieces revolve around a mobile device, I promise you that this talented and spirited young company is definitely not phoning it in." Read more.
by James R. Oestreich. "Many listeners were cheek-by-jowl with the young singers, as close to opera-in-the-making as could be, and it was a captivating experience: immersive (the company’s word), almost voyeuristic." Read more.
by Eric Simpson. "Yu’s arc was beautifully crafted, and troubling to watch. As she sank further and further into depression, the phone seemed incidental, in a way, more a witness to than an agent of her despair and eventual suicide. In the end, this isn’t a piece about how tittering iPhones have ruined our lives–it’s about the fact that technology can do only so much to overcome the feeling of being alone." Read more.