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Last Chance to Apply for the Parsons/Mannes Opera Collab for Spring ’15!

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Interested in working on a collaboratively designed and produced opera? All Parsons undergraduates and graduate students are invited to apply to the Parsons/ Mannes Opera Collaboration for the Spring 2015 semester! Deadline: Dec. 15th

Mannes Opera – Parsons Collaboration – PSDS 5704 (CRN 6382)/ Thursdays 12:10 pm – 5:50 pm

Registration is by application only

This spring, Mannes and Parsons students will present the comic opera “Flight” (info below)with performances on in May.

We’re looking for individuals interested in one of more of the following:

    • theatrical productions
    • costume design
    • styling
    • hair and makeup
    • set design
    • lighting design
    • prop construction and management

This 3-credit collaborative class will be taught by two Parsons professors and will meet on Thursdays from 12:10 pm – 5:50 pm. Classes will be held mainly at Parsons, but will occasionally meet at a set/prop design studio in Red Hook for larger fabrication projects midway through the semester.  Grading for this course will asses participation, investment in the overall project, and conception/production of required deliverables, leading to a great performance!

Before the class starts in the Spring, there will be optional skill-building workshops on topics such as sewing, fabrication, and set design, so that students can learn or brush-up on skills in their areas of interest–or even outside of their areas of interest! In addition, the first 5 weeks of the class will feature “Master Classes” taught by industry professionals. These special sessions will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the history of opera, designing for the opera, and more.
This collaborative class is a wonderful opportunity to work alongside faculty and performers from Mannes, Parsons faculty and fellow design students, and theater industry professionals. Please note, participation in this course requires a time commitment outside of the classroom, especially in the final weeks of April and the beginning of May for set load-in, installation, dress rehearsals, etc. Along with this extra time commitment comes the excitement and benefit of playing an integral role in a major musical production.
In order to apply, please include the following application information in one google doc file:
-Your resume
-A paragraph explaining what aspect of the collaboration you are interested in and why (costume design, set design, lighting design, prop construction and management, program and promotional materials graphic design, etc)
-A 1-3 page sample of your art/design work. This sampling of your work should speak to both your talents as an individual designer as well as your ability to contribute to the overall production.
Please name your folder: “Last Name, First Name, Opera Collaboration Application” and email it to Leslie Henkel at
Please feel free to contact Leslie Henkel with any questions.

About Flight:

Flight is that rarest thing, a popular new comic opera… Dove’s music flies, the opera is fun, and people are going to love it.”Tom Sutcliffe | The Evening Standard

Jonathan Dove’s breakthrough work, Flight, was commissioned by Glyndebourne and premiered there in 1998 with further performances in 1999 and 2005. The question from the then General Director, Anthony Whitworth-Jones, was whether Jonathan Dove could create ‘A Marriage of Figaro for the 1990s’. And the answer was a superb original modern-day operatic comedy which has found universal popularity, with many different productions and over 85 performances to date across the world.

With a libretto by leading British playwright April de Angelis, the opera has both laugh-out-loud and more serious moments as the story of the refugee who lives in the airport – inspired by the true-life story of an Iranian refugee who lived at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, for 18 years – unfolds around the different characters who find themselves delayed in the terminal.

Written for an ensemble cast of 10 singers, this opera, with its dynamic airport setting and scintillating orchestral writing – including the thrilling aeroplane take-off – continues to have a compelling immediacy.

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