Entries by Aaron Siegel

Fall Auction Benefit

Experiments in Opera held its Fall Auction benefit on Saturday November 8, 2014 in Brooklyn.  In addition to great art by the generous EiO community, we featured food from local purveyors and live performances by two of our regular singers.  The event was a huge success, and as the pictures below demonstrate, lots of fun, […]


When we met at Starbucks in Union Square earlier this week, it was ostensibly to tie together our scripts and come up with a single version of Sisyphus.  It ended up being that and also a representation of negotiated collaboration, each of us bringing a part of our work to the table and figuring out […]

Finding the Story

  We met up on Sunday September 28, 2014  with our team of composers working on new operas for our April 2015 ‘Story Binge’ at Roulette.  It was a great chance to see where everyone was at with their librettos and treatments for their work. Everyone was in slightly different places as far as how developed the […]

Our New Website

We are thrilled to share this new website with you.  We think it is a vast improvement on our last version, emphasizing some of the stunning images from our productions as well as the video interviews with composers that have become such an important part of our attempts to contextualize our work. In addition to […]

EiO Brother Brother Publicity Materials

Download Press Release Video Introduction from The Industry’s ‘First Take’ in Spring 2013   Brother Brother Audio Photos Aaron Siegel, Composer and Librettist of Brother Brother Click for Hi Res 300 dpi file (photo by Kevin McGrath)     Stage Design model for ‘Brother Brother’ by Mimi Lien

Radio Operas

Radio Operas February 28 – March 1, 2014 | 8pm Tickets: $20 Purchase a Season Subscription and save $15. This program of radio operas will feature works that include spoken texts, sound effects and music and draw on the audiences’ imagination to create vivid stage images. Commissioned artists will include Jonathan Mitchell of “The Truth” podcast, Jason Cady and Ann Heppermann, Aaron Siegel, John […]

In Progress — WOW

New Shorts composer, Joe Diebes, writes: I’m currently composing a new opera, WOW, in collaboration with director David Levine and poet Christian Hawkey.  WOW has a completely different instrumentation than that of Hotel Elefant, and so rather than trying to adapt the work I decided to try a different direction for the project.  Sometimes unexpected […]

In Progress — A Window to a Door

From New Shorts composer, Leaha Maria Villarreal: What is opera? When is a work ‘operatic?’ When does an aria become an art song…and vice versa? And what about rock operas?! What’s the deal with those? These questions & more swirled in head as I mulled over my commission from Experiments in Opera for their ‘New […]

In Progress — I am a Fish

New Shorts composer, Mary Kouyoumdjian, writes this about her upcoming premiere of “I am a Fish:” I have a rather deep and dark confession: I generally don’t enjoy going to the Opera. I know, I know… opera lovers, go ahead and banish me now. Something about sitting in a stiff seat for three hours while […]

In Progress – End Times

From New Shorts composer, Ruby Fulton: “End Times” is one scene from Adam’s Run, a larger work that I’m collaborating on with Baltimore writer and news reporter Baynard Woods. It is the near future and the weather has become completely unpredictable. One day it may snow while the next is 100 degrees. In this landscape, […]

In Progress – Resonant Combinations

New Shorts Composer Robert Ashley writes: Resonant Combinations is a series of sixteen sounds made at the piano. The sounds come from a piano note being struck while five other piano keys are silently depressed. This technique gives the struck note a subtle harmonic aura. Each sound ends when it is no longer heard. Resonant […]

In Progress – The God’s Script

New Shorts Composer, Justin Tierney, writes: The February 9th performance of “Escritura del Dios” at the Issue Project Room presents the final two scenes of this 14 scene monodrama. These last two were chosen because they are the most telling and are narratively (and hopefully musically) satisfying by themselves as they sum up the drama and themes […]

In Progress – The Mother

From Experiments in Opera co-founder and New Shorts composer, Jason Cady: I recently finished composing a comic-opera short called The Mother. It’s about an aspiring singer-songwriter who is surprised to find out that her retired mother has learned how to play guitar and is writing songs. She is even more surprised when her mother becomes […]

In Progress – ‘Bodiless’

Experiments in Opera commissioned Gabrielle Herbst to write a new opera for the upcoming New Shorts event at Issue Project Room.  Here is Gabrielle with some of her thoughts on her new piece, Bodiless: “I used to feel guilty at night. I live in, I always used to live in two countries, the diurnal one […]

In Progress – The Collector

  Composer Aaron Siegel writes: I am working on a new monodrama opera, called ‘The Collector’ for the upcoming Experiments in Opera ‘New Shorts’ event on February 9, 2013 at Issue Project Room. I am also slogging through a much larger piece, Brother Brother, so with ‘The Collector’ I have been enjoying the opportunity to […]