From the drama at the core of each work, Heartbeat Opera grows vivid theatrical worlds through revelatory adaptations, radical rearrangements, and ingenious design. Through an inquisitive collaborative process with a diverse community of artists, we break down traditional barriers to reimagine opera for artists and audiences of the twenty-first century.
In its first three seasons, Heartbeat Opera has presented six fully realized productions: Kurtág's Kafka-Fragments, Offenbach's Daphnis & Chloé (new orchestral arrangement and new English translation), Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (new orchestral arrangement and 90 minute adaptation), Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Bizet's Carmen (new orchestral arrangement, 90 minute adaptation, new English translation of dialogues) and Puccini's Butterfly (new orchestral arrangement and 90 minute adaptation).
Heartbeat has also staged the first ever opera show on The High Line, and has mounted three Benefit Drag Extravaganzas: QUEENS OF THE NIGHT: MOZART IN SPACE at National Sawdust, The Fairy Queen and Miss Handel (both at The Cotton Candy Machine). Finally, we've staged workshop productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and Weill's Seven Deadly Sins; and collaborated with organizations such as Atlas DIY and A BroaderWay to bring opera education to underserved youths in the New York City area.
photo: Heartbeat leaders Ethan Heard, Louisa Proske, and Jacob Ashworth, with singers Marie Marquis and John Taylor Ward not pictured: Heartbeat leaders Daniel Schlosberg and Jennifer Newman