Ionesco Medley, Ivo van Hove Opera, and More Tapped for BAM's 2019 Lineup

Off-Broadway News   Ionesco Medley, Ivo van Hove Opera, and More Tapped for BAM's 2019 Lineup
See what's heading to the Brooklyn Academy of Music beginning in January.
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The Brooklyn Academy of Music, currently in the full swing of its annual Next Wave Festival, has unveiled its 2019 winter and spring lineup across theatre, dance, music, and opera. The season will run from January 23 to June 23, with offerings from Tony-winning director Ivo van Hove, Doug Varone and Dancers, France's Théâtre de la Ville, and Israel's Batsheva Dance Company.

Kicking off the season in January will be Théâtre de la Ville's production of Ionesco Suite, a mash-up of plays by Eugène Ionesco directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and performed by seven actors. The show features text from Jack, or The Submission; Delirium for Two; The Bald Soprano; The Lesson; and Conversation and French Speech Exercises, and music by Jefferson Lembeye and Walter N’guyen. Performances, marking the show's New York premiere, will run January 23–26 in BAM Fisher.

In April, the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House will welcome the Flemish opera company Muziektheater Transparant with its new production of Leoš Janáček’s early 20th century opera, Diary of One Who Disappeared, directed by van Hove.

Van Hove’s adaptation sets the main character—a successful photographer—in a present-day city and supplements the 22-part song cycle with extracts from love letters penned by Janáček. The production features tenor Andrew Dickinson and mezzo-soprano Marie Hamard, with additional music by composer Annelies Van Parys.

For the complete lineup, including other music and opera works, as well as dance offerings, visit

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