Beth Morrison Projects
Beth Morrison Projects commissions, develops, and produces contemporary music-theatre works in the form of opera, musical, song-cycle, dance, theatre, film, mixed media works, and new forms waiting to be discovered. Founded in 2006 to identify and support the work of emerging and established composers and their multi-media collaborators, Beth Morrison Projects encourages risk-taking, creating a structure for developing new work that is unique to the artist and where artists feel safe to experiment and push boundaries.
Established in Sept. 2005, Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) supports the work of emerging and established composers and their multi-media collaborators through the commission, development, and production of contemporary opera. Relying on the core values of collaboration, exploration, experimentation, artistry, and excellence, BMP provides a nurturing environment and structure that allows artists to push the boundaries of their art form. BMP’s ability to recognize emerging talent, invest in the vision of its composers and their collaborators, and strategically partner with established venues to bring new opera to life is a core strength of its operation. In five short years, BMP has quickly developed a reputation for successfully “envisioning new possibilities and finding ways to facilitate their realization.” (The New York Times) To date, BMP has commissioned, developed, and produced more than eighteen music-theatre pieces and operas by composers Eve Beglarian, Michael Gordon, Ted Hearne, David Lang, David T. Little, Tod Machover, Keeril Makan, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, Paola Prestini, Kamala Sankaram, among others. The company also manages national and international tours of productions, including the current tours of Philip Glass’ Life: A Journey Through Time and Zhou Long and Cerise Lim Jacobs’ Madame White Snake, to bring contemporary American opera to the world’s stage. Dedicated to the living artist, previous projects include Nico Muhly’s operatic song-cycle The Elements of Style, based on the indispensible writing manual by Strunk & White, presented at New York Public Library Live! (2005) and selected as a “Best of 2005” by National Public Radio; composer Elliott Sharp and sci-fi writer Jack Womack’s collaboration Binibon, an opera about the nexus of artists, musicians, and bohemians at a grittier moment in New York’s history (The Kitchen, 2009); Michael Webster’s downtown opera Hell, the first opera to be presented at New York’s PS122 (2006); and David T. Little’s one-man opera Soldier Songs, presented during Le Poisson Rouge’s inaugural week (2008), which will be remounted at New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June 2011. During its 2010-11 season, BMP is developing, producing, and/or premiering seven unique and varied projects by American composers, and librettists that will be seen in venues around the globe including Katrina Ballads, a powerful oratorio by composer Ted Hearne in collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison; 69°S: The Shackleton Project, a meditation on humanity’s role in determining our planet’s future conceived by Phantom Limb Company and Kronos Quartet; and Tell The Way, a new commission from composer Nico Muhly for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. In association with MIT Media Lab, Association Futurum Monaco, and American Repertory Theatre, BMP is also producing Death and the Powers, a one-act, full evening opera by composer Tod Machover with libretto by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. BMP serves as a developer and producer of new operas. Its projects are produced in partnership with established presenters, theatres, opera houses, and festivals that are appropriate to the artistic needs of each project. This results in BMP’s work being seen around the country, including New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, PS122, and Lincoln Center; Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center; and Houston’s Hobby Center for the Performing Arts; and across the globe at the Barbican Theatre (London), Seoul Performing Arts Festival (South Korea), and Estates National Theatre (Prague), among many others.