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Note/Books: The Night Falls

May 13, 2021 via Zoom

We were delighted to join the American Opera Project for our second Note/Books event, a series that features libretto readings (with musical excerpts) of new operas inspired by fiction. Enjoy this early look at The Night Falls, a dance-driven blend of movement, opera, and musical theater with book and lyrics by Karen Russell (Swamplandia!, Orange World), music and lyrics by Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin), and choreographed and directed by Troy Schumacher (NYC Ballet).

The presentation featured the premiere of two dance videos from a 2020 workshop of The Night Falls, as well as an in-depth look at the work’s unique chronology from prose to opera to short story. A discussion moderated by Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Executive Producer Emeritus, Joseph V. Melillo, and a Q&A with the opera’s creators followed.

Still from 2020 dance workshop of The Night Falls. Video: Troy Schumacher.