For the past 8 years AOT has been a presenter of innovative musical works that broaden the definition of opera. From a circus version of “Acis + Galatea” to a cabaret version of “Carmen”; from a staging of “Messiah” to a Kurt Weill evening with Sylvia McNair that dramatized homelessness after Katarina; from a staging of the ancient Fleury manuscript to a world premiere staging of “The Gonzales Cantata”… George Crumb and Francios Couperin in one theatrical evening, and American premiers of “La Didone” and “David et Jonathas”, “Butterfly” with gamelan consort, John Downland to explore the grief of a lost loved one, Messiaen’s epic “Harawi” as a journey to transcendence, and the list goes on.
American Opera Theater has been formative in the lives of so many young artists, and we thank audiences and supporters alike for taking time in this busy world to stop and listen. Everything has its time and place, and the future of AOT and the artists involved now comes to a new road, where we each will explore new future paths. AOT now transforms into a production company, producing new works as opportunities arise. Without the pressures of a full annual season, the company is now free to follow that magic combination of insporation and opportunity. This is not an end but a beginning – a rebirth and the reinvention that has defined AOT from its start. Stay tuned for what comes next!”
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