Now entering its third season, founded by four graduates of the Yale School of Drama and Yale School of Music, Heartbeat Opera transforms great works of the operatic canon through visionary adaptations, radical arrangements for chamber ensembles, and intimate, visceral productions that put the singers and the instrumentalists at the center of the work. Heartbeat distills opera to its essence, and cultivates new audiences for the artform.
In its first two seasons, Heartbeat Opera has presented four 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), and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. 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 the organizations 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