The New York City Opera has announced casting for its world-premiere production of the new opera Stonewall, featuring music by Iain Bell and libretto by Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Campbell. Directed by Leonard Foglia, the limited engagement is scheduled for June 21–28 at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center (in the Time Warner Center at Broadway and 60th Street).
The cast will include Andrew Bidlack, Liz Bouk, Lisa Chavez, Michael Corvino, Jessica Fishenfeld, Marc Heller, Brian James Myer, and Jordan Weatherston Pitts.
Stonewall, which will be the first opera to feature a transgender character specially created for a transgender singer (Bouk), will be conducted by Carolyn Kuan. Richard Stafford will choreograph. Additional casting and design team members will be announced at a later date.
The new opera, set in 1969, features a cross-section of characters—Maggie (to be sung by Chavez), a proud lesbian who is harassed on the subway and mocked by the police; Carlos (Myer), a Dominican-American English teacher recently fired from a Catholic school; Renata (Pitts), who by day is known as Maynard, an African-American city clerk; Larry (Heller), an NYPD deputy inspector; and Sarah (Bouk), a transgender woman celebrating the first year anniversary of her transition—find themselves thrown together in a Greenwich Village dance club with explosive results that give birth to a movement.
Stonewall continues New York City Opera’s Pride Initiative of producing an LGBT-focused work each June in commemoration of Gay Pride Month. It will be preceded by a new production of Laura Kaminsky’s As One, a co-production with American Opera Projects, opening May 30 and running through June 8 at Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67 Street).
Tickets, priced from $25 to $300, will be available beginning February 22 online at NYCOpera.com.