The American Modern Opera Company is the artistic home for some of the most diverse and vibrant singers, dancers, and instrumentalists of our generation. AMOC acts as the incubator and executor for our 17 core members’ most ambitious, innovative projects. Our commitment is to working as an ensemble to reimagine the experience of opera – from conception to performance.

 

In AMOC’s inaugural season, the company starts a new Run AMOC! Festival at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA in December, holds its first major teaching and performance residency at Harvard University in February, and is the Artist-in-Residence at the Park Avenue Armory in the spring. Future engagements include multiple performances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a commission, composed by Aucoin and staged by Winokur, from San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, featuring AMOC’s vocal quartet.

 

FORGING A TRUE REPERTORY COMPANY: AMOC’s members are dedicated to building deep working relationships across years of collaboration in the pursuit of generating a body of new works. All of our artists drive the generation of projects and curation of collaborations within the company and beyond.

 

EXPANDING THE FIELD: We define opera as the medium in which multiple art forms collide and transform each other. AMOC projects take the form of collaborations between its core members and will range from recognizably “operatic” evening-length stage works, to chamber operas written for the company, to intimate duets between, for example, a dancer and an instrumentalist.

 

MAKING NEW WORK: One of AMOC’s central goals is to build our own repertory, our own body of discipline-colliding work. Taking the form of our “Run AMOC!” festivals at partner institutions as well as one-off performances, these new works will sometimes feature brand-new music – for example, the cantatas Matthew Aucoin will compose for AMOC’s singers and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, with staging by Zack Winokur – and sometimes they will take pre-existing music into a brand-new context, as in Bobbi Jene Smith and Keir GoGwilt’s use of Bach and Westhoff in A Study on Effort.

THE COMPANY

ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

MATTHEW AUCOIN, composer, conductor, pianist

ZACK WINOKUR, director, choreographer, dancer

 

MANAGING DIRECTOR

JENNIFER CHEN

 

CORE ENSEMBLE

JONNY ALLEN, percussionist

PAUL APPLEBY, tenor

DOUG BALLIETT, double bassist, composer

JULIA BULLOCK, soprano

JAY CAMPBELL, cellist

ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO, countertenor

MIRANDA CUCKSON, violinist, violist

JULIA EICHTEN, dancer, choreographer

EMI FERGUSON, flutist

KEIR GOGWILT, violinist, writer

CONOR HANICK, pianist

COLEMAN ITZKOFF, cellist

OR SCHRAIBER, dancer, choreographer

BOBBI JENE SMITH, dancer, choreographer

DAVÓNE TINES, bass-baritone

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KATHY SCHUMAN, president

MARTA MILLER, vice president

MATTHEW BIRD, treasurer

ADAM CHARLAP HYMAN, secretary

 

GENERAL REPRESENTATION

BILL PALANT, Étude Arts

 

CALENDAR

DECEMBER 15 - 18, 2017

AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER,

CAMBRIDGE, MA

FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 4, 2018

HARVARD UNIVERSITY,

CAMBRIDGE, MA

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE

MARCH 18 - APRIL 22, 2018

PARK AVENUE ARMORY,

NEW YORK, NY

WERE YOU THERE

MARCH 25, 2018

BIG EARS FESTIVAL,

KNOXVILLE, TN

RESIDENCY

JULY 15 - AUGUST 31, 2018

CERTAIN BIRD,

STAMFORD, VT

WITH CARE

a new piece created by Bobbi Jene Smith in collaboration with Keir GoGwilt

 

NOVEMBER 1-3, 2018

ODC THEATER (co-commissioner),

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

PRESS

READ THE PRESS RELEASE HERE

 

For this new opera company, 'company' means friendship - The Boston Globe

 

AMOC “won’t ever be a typical opera company” - WBUR’s the ARTery

 

“...a hot-bed of boundary-pushing, inventive, chance-taking artists” - ZEALnyc

 

"unique and energetic" - Leonore Overture

 

Modern opera with an old soul - The Harvard Gazette

 

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