New York — March 23, 2017 — American Opera Projects and Nashville Opera are excited to announce the New York premiere of the comic opera triptych Three Way, a playful three-act performance that explores the future of love, sex, and need with a clever balance of humor and drama. Each aptly named act (The Companion, Safe Word, and Masquerade) introduces the audience to a collision of contemporary characters who meet at the intersection of power and desire, revealing true longings of the human heart. The complexity of each character and situation is accentuated by the beguiling and melodic score composed by Robert Paterson, and a witty libretto by David Cote. Three Way is directed by John Hoomes (CEO & Artistic Director, Nashville Opera) conducted by Dean Williamson, and features Eliza Bonet, Melisa Bonetti, Samuel Levine, Wes Mason, Danielle Pastin, Courtney Ruckman, Jordan Rutter, and Matthew Treviño alongside a chamber ensemble of 12 (American Modern Ensemble). Three Way runs June 15 – June 18 at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space).
An opera for millennials, first-time attendees, and opera fans looking for something fresh, Three Way is an artistic blend of lyrical storytelling and colloquial language that fearlessly celebrates women and men pushing the boundaries of “normal” relationships in search of connections. Sex and the City meets Black Mirror for the Tinder generation, Three Way takes the audience into stories of android lovers, dominatrix culture, and multiple partners. Three Way is a contemporary opera that deals with power, politics and sexuality, like Péter Eötvös’ Angels in America or Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves. Coincidentally, New York City Opera is presenting the NYC premiere of Angels around the same time. Sung in English with complex but accessible and jazzy music, this the perfect opera for anyone looking to shake things up.
Three Way made its world premiere with three performances in Nashville, TN, in January. The Tennessean reviewed it as, “An intriguing treatise on power, passion and human connection… Cote has an obvious gift for humor…Paterson’s music is mesmerizing.”
Four performances @ BAM’s Fishman Space (321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY, 11217):
Thursday, June 15 — 7:30pm
Friday, June 16 — 7:30pm*
Saturday, June 17 — 7:30pm^
Sunday, June 18 — 2pm
*post-show artist talk
^pre-show talk with psychotherapist Ian Kerner titled “Robots, role-play,
and swingers — Sex in the Modern Era”