Four short operas. One big showcase.
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After another successful year, welcome back One Ounce Opera’s most popular event.
One Ounce Opera presents the 5th Annual Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera, staged at The Museum of Human Achievement, an intimate and accessible warehouse space in the heart of East Austin. Selected after a competitive national call, experience this year’s winning crop of new micro-operas, performed in English, and meet the hip composers and librettists who penned them. Intriguing characters, unexpected stories, varied styles and colors: taste the future of opera, one ounce at a time!
Performance dates are:
Friday, February 7 & 14 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 8 & 15 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 9 & 16 at 2:00pm
Suggested donation is $20. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime, general admission seating.
In this intimate venue, there are less than 100 guests admitted per performance. Past FSOOs have sold out, and with the buzz around this year's showcase, we expect it to fill quickly.
Complimentary beverages provided with entry (21+ and non-alcoholic options). This show is rated PG-13 for language and adult situations. Dress comfortably and bring a friend!
5th Annual Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera Program
Non Motus -- music by Marc Hoffeditz, libretto by Ilana Fogelson
Gerry - Carmen Johnson
Child - Cristina Flores
Deborah - Allyssa Kemp
Hannah - Elise Kotara
Misfortune -- music by Eva Conley Kendrick, libretto by Mark Harvey Levine
Stephanie - Maureen Papovich
Cindy - Julia Watkins-Davis
Barry - Jake Jacobsen
The Stranger -- music and libretto by Rain Nox
Delilah - Cristina Flores
Frampton - Andy Fleming
Melanie - Dana Lewis
Guy - Jake Jacobsen
The Séance -- music by Timothy Peterson, libretto by Sara Fetherolf
The Dead - Carol Brown
Mrs. Foster - Jaimie Lowe
Medium - Carmen Johnson
Mr. Foster - Brian Minnick
Mr. More - Julius Young
Music Direction by Graham Yates. Stage Direction by Julie Fiore. Technical Direction by Gus Sterneman. Production Coordination by Patricia Combs.
Why a Short Opera Showcase?
Here's a familiar scene...let's say you walk into a new brewery. Their tap wall is expansive. Dark, complex, light, refreshing. You choose a sampler to satisfy your curiosity -- and get turned on to something new.
FSOO is that sampler. One Ounce's curated program will introduce four new thoughtful short operatic works to you, our eclectic audience. Topics are varied, current, and inquisitive. We guarantee you'll experience something fresh and unexpected.
And you'll laugh. A lot.
It's no secret the popularity of the classical arts is experiencing a modern renaissance. There is a need to foster creation of new opera and give young, up-and-coming composers and librettists an opportunity to have their works staged. By supporting and attending FSOO, you directly contribute to the advancement of opera's strong contemporary voice. It's like saying "Hey - opera's cool. I wanna make sure new stuff keeps coming, and Austin’s a great place to bring it to life!”
Who is One Ounce Opera?
One Ounce Opera (OOO) of Austin, TX is a performing arts company dedicated to "re-imagining opera in unexpected spaces." Our ensemble members are curious and flexible professionals who live and work in the Austin area. The Fresh Squeezed Ounce series aligns perfectly with our mission and our passion to celebrate storytelling through the dynamic medium of opera.
OOO was founded by Julie Fiore in 2012, launched by energetic supporters after a successful crowdfunding campaign. Since the first showcase at Red 7, One Ounce has created, produced and directed over sixty unique programs in varied locations around the Austin Metro. The award-winning company has been featured on KVUE, KMFA, KUTX, KOOP, KVRX, in the Austin Chronicle, Austin-American Statesman, and TRIBEZA, and performed as part of EAST, Fusebox, SoundSpace at the Blanton, Beerthoven, HONKTX!, during SXSW, PRIDE Austin, and the Downtown Tree Lighting. OOO is a sponsored project of The Museum of Human Achievement. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.