New Voices Opera 2016 Double Bill

A world-premiere of two operas: Nicolas Chuaqui’s The Forest of Dreams
and Maxwell Ramage’s Swann’s Love.
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
May 5th @ 7:00pm
Curtain Talk beginning at 6:15
FREE Admission ($10 Suggested Donation)

BLOOMINGTON, IN – New Voices Opera, Bloomington’s student-run contemporary american opera company, is performing the world-premiere of two brand new student-composed one act chamber operas in a one night only double billing at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater with support from the BUEA Zone Arts Grant and the IU Funding Board. These pieces will be The Forest of Dreams by Nicolas Chuaqui and Swann’s Love by Maxwell Ramage. Admission is free and donations will be accepted at the door. There will be a curtain talk preceding the performance at 6:15 with the composers and director, David Koté.

The Forest of Dreams is an intriguing tale of the lost colony of Roanoke following the story of John White and his life after Roanoke in a new epilogue crafted by Chuaqui. Nic Chuaqui’s inventive and twisting libretto is accompanied by a music of captivation. Capturing the mind of White with glimpses of the early American colonies, it is a perfect capstone to NVO’s season.

A modern take on Proust’s “Swann’s Way,” Maxwell Ramage’s opera is a humorous exploration of modern romantic relationships and Swann’s lack of skill within them. In Swann’s Love Ramage tests the boundaries of the operatic love affair. It’s an erogenous cacophony of he loves her, she loves him, he loves him. Blurring the lines between broadway and grand opera, Swann’s Love is a modern take on what a piece of “music theatre” can be. Audience Advisory: Swann’s Love contains some strong language and adult content.

ABOUT NEW VOICES OPERA – New Voices Opera (NVO) is a student-run contemporary opera company in Bloomington, IN. With a completely volunteer staff, NVO acts as a experiential learning program for administrators, performers, musicians, designers, technicians, and composers. Each year, in addition to several other smaller events, NVO produces two world-premieres of student-composed chamber operas in a fully staged and orchestrated one-night-only event. Please find more information about New Voices Opera and our 2016 Double Bill at

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