Bold and vivid .... This small, adventurous company strives to make opera a visceral, intimate and immediate ‘encounter,’ as they have said. Their alterations to masterpieces aim to get past dated elements that can mute the raw emotions and the timeless issues coursing within the original works. These presentations are meant, simply, as readings, as one-time interpretations.”

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
 ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Carmen,’ in Bold and Vivid Cuts

 
 

A radical endeavor — less pint-sized grand opera than an appropriation of the genre for theatre of the black-box type.”

Alex Ross, The New Yorker
Operatic Startups Take on the Met

 
 

Pioneers...reformatting the opera experience from the grand to the deliberately intimate.”

Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal
Opera Review: Rethinking Familiar Repertoire

 
 

“... one of the most agile and dynamic companies on New York's indie opera scene ... Every Heartbeat event feels like a happening ... Judging by the average audience age and enthusiasm level, the company is succeeding...”

 

MUSICAL AMERICA on Kafka-Fragments and Lucia

"Gripping and imaginative... If this production is any indication, the young Heartbeat Opera will be a company to watch, with the talent and ambition to make compelling music drama out of the very meanest of resources." READ MORE

"With its six singers, five instrumentalists, and 90 minute running time, Heartbeat’s compact Lucia packs a wallop; one could imagine it being taken up by other companies as a provocative and inexpensive way to introduce opera to the uninitiated. One looks forward to more arresting and innovative projects like it from Heartbeat." READ MORE


PARTERRE BOX on Heartbeat's 2016 Spring Festival
by Patrick Clement James

“Urgent, rigorous, and young, Heartbeat Opera poses another beacon of hope against New York City’s gloomy operatic landscape. Heard and Proske are a pair of auteurs to watch for. Their intelligence and warmth saturate the respective works, making for a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the opera house.” READ MORE
 

ALLEGRI CON FUOCO on Heartbeat Opera

"There is nobody out there on the NYC independent opera scene offering such a complete package at this level. ... when opera gets this intimate and is so perfectly crafted in each and every aspect, it is indeed distilled to its essence. The air palpably vibrates and the narrative and emotional core of the work is conveyed as powerfully as ever. Louisa Proske and Ethan Heard have a vibrant artistic vision and the skills to realize it."  READ MORE

Read an in-depth interview with Allegri Con Fuoco about Heartbeat's mission, history, and future dreams with co-founders Louisa Proske and Ethan Heard by clicking here.

 

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