Dubbed "singularly unconventional" by Opera News, "a radical endeavor" by Alex Ross in The New Yorker, and "pioneers" by The Wall Street Journal-Heartbeat Opera is a young company intent upon reimagining opera in intimate spaces for a new generation. Employing a minimalism that allows the emotional integrity of the music to shine through, the company's work focuses on the body of the singer and the visceral power of the music. Co-Artistic Directors Louisa Proske and Ethan Heard, who trained together in the Directing program at the Yale School of Drama, are committed to nurturing the actor in every singer they work with. The company creates productions of classics and new pieces that are daring and visceral, and manifest the emotional grandeur and theatrical power of opera with minimal means. Co-Music Directors Jacob Ashworth and Daniel Schlosberg lead potent chamber ensembles whose playing and bodies become part of the storytelling in Mr Schlosberg's imaginative re-orchestrations of the score. Recent projects include Mozart's Don Giovanni ("no holds barred"-Opera News), Beethoven's Fidelio ("powerful and poignant"-The New York Times); Puccini's Butterfly ("bold and vivid"-The New York Times), Bizet's Carmen("gripping music theater"-Opera News); Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor ("ingenious"-The Wall Street Journal); Purcell's Dido & Aeneas ("elegant, boisterous and melancholy"-The New Yorker); Kurtág's Kafka-Fragments ("a flatout triumph"-Opera News); Offenbach's Daphnis & Chloé ("stellar young cast"-The Wall Street Journal); the first ever opera show on the High Line ("singularly unconventional"-Opera News); and five fabulous Drag Extravaganzas: Dragus Maximus: a homersexual opera odyssey; All the World's a Drag! Shakespeare in love...with operaQueens of the Night: Mozart in SpaceMiss Handel; and Purcell's The Fairy Queen.

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