May 2–13, 2018

Baruch Performing Arts Center // 55 Lexington Avenue, NYC


"Bold and vivid"

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Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Directed by Louisa Proske
Music Directed by Jacob Ashworth
New Arrangement by Daniel Schlosberg

While Don Giovanni dances at the edge of a precipice, three extraordinary women pursue him, each seeking their own reckoning, pleasure, and liberation. Is the great seducer destroying or empowering the women he encounters? What story does the sublime music tell? This visceral new production wrestles with Mozart’s elusive masterpiece in our present cultural moment.



Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Original libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner & Georg Friedrich Sonnleithner
Adapted and Directed by Ethan Heard
Arranged and Music Directed by Daniel Schlosberg
New English Dialogue Co-Written by Marcus Scott and Ethan Heard

A black activist is wrongfully incarcerated. His wife, Leah, disguises herself to infiltrate the system and free him. But when injustice reigns, one woman's grit may not be enough to save her love. Featuring the voices of imprisoned people, this daring adaptation pits corruption against courage, hate against hope.



Don't miss this unique opportunity to see two monumental works on the same day. Experience DON GIOVANNI and FIDELIO, and enjoy an exclusive dinner with the Heartbeat Opera family between performances.





In the news

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7 Classical Music Concerts to See in NYC This Weekend
"This pioneering company radically reinterprets the classics, not just updating them through contemporary productions, but cutting, reorchestrating and rearranging them."
– The New York Times

Beethoven for the Black Lives Matter Era
"In Heartbeat Opera’s new production of 'Fidelio,' a heroic woman infiltrates a prison to save her activist husband from wrongful incarceration."
– The New Yorker

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Beethoven’s 200-Year-Old ‘Fidelio’ Enters Today’s Prisons
"The transformation from oppression to freedom is at the core of “Fidelio,” which the small, adventurous company Heartbeat Opera is presenting through May 13 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan."
– The New York Times

FIDELIO: "Still Political in 2018"
"As Heartbeat Opera gears up for its fourth annual Spring Festival, Artistic Director Ethan Heard is in rehearsals for his poignant adaptation of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio (May 3-13). Heard has written new English dialogue with Marcus Scott to bring the story of political prisoners into 2018; Heartbeat Opera's production features a primarily black cast, and a true 'Prisoners' Chorus' of incarcerated members of 6 prison choirs across the Midwest."
– Schmopera

DON GIOVANNI: "Strengthened by Reinterpretation"
"Heartbeat Opera Co-Music Director Daniel Schlosberg is ready for the company's fourth annual Spring Festival, where he'll unveil his new arrangement of Mozart's Don Giovanni. The composer and pianist has taken on operatic classics in past seasons, experimenting with percussion with Lucia di Lammermoor and adding jazz into Carmen; for this Don Giovanni, directed by Heartbeat Opera Co-Artistic Director Louisa Proske, he gets creative with the clarinet."
– Schmopera

Talking with Singers: Nelson Ebo
"Angolan tenor Nelson Ebo's upcoming role is one that hits particularly close to home. Next month in Heartbeat Opera's new adaptation of Beethoven's Fidelio (May 3-13), Ebo sings Stan - or Florestan, in the original libretto - the black activist who is wrongfully incarcerated. Ebo, born during the Angolan Civil War, has seen injustice in his own life; he lost friends and family to illness and violence before leaving Angola to pursue singing in Spain."
– Schmopera

Indie Opera Podcast: OperaFix April 9, 2018
"The innovative Heartbeat Opera Company has been thrilling audiences with their new takes on the classic repertoire. We interview Louisa Proske in this extended Opera Fix."
– Indie Opera Podcast

Oakdale Prison Community Choir to be a part of New York opera production
"On Tuesday, roughly 70 prison inmates and local volunteers that make up the prison choir rehearsed for an opera performance they will soon lend their voice to. This choir is one of six prison choirs in the Midwest to be featured in a New York production of Beethoven's Fidelio."
– CBS 2 Iowa

Prison inmates raise their voices through Opera production
"Some Iowa prison inmates will get a chance to raise their voices through music -- but for an audience 1,000 miles away, as part of a New York City opera production."
– NBC News KWWL TV Iowa

From a Coralville Prison to an NYC Opera House
"Members of the Oakdale Prison Community Choir on Wednesday performed the 'Prisoner's Chorus' in Beethoven's 'Fidelio' for a recording that will be broadcast during a live performance in New York City Baruch on May 3-13."
– Iowa City Press-Citizen

Oakdale Prison choir participates in New York opera project
"Soon, voices of the full 70-some-member chorus filled the prison gymnasium, all with the goal of creating a cohesive recording for Heartbeat Opera’s production of Beethoven’s 'Fidelio' — a performance that will mix live actors and prison footage for six stage performances between May 3 and 13 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan."
– The Gazette


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