BMOP, conducted by Artistic Director Gil Rose, performs for the world premiere of Eric Swayer's Our American Cousin, with stage direction by Carole Charnow. This engaging and approachable opera will be sung by some of New England's most exciting young vocalists.
NORTHAMPTON - It is rare to encounter an opera premiere outside the big cities or big festivals but Amherst composer Eric Sawyer and Berkeley poet John Shoptaw have done the almost-impossible. They raised $100,000 (from foundations and generous individuals), enlisted the talent (some of it from Opera Boston), and produced their new opera, Our American Cousin, on Friday at the Academy of Music in this town. This was its first fully staged performance. The Boston Modern Orchestra Project was in the pit, led by Gil Rose.