August 2021

The Perfect Pig/Tapestry of New York

Little Island

The Perfect Pig
Tapestry of New York

presented as part of NYC FREE
Little Island, in Hudson River Park
Pier 55 at West 13th Street
New York, NY 10014

On Site Opera brought opera to life in The Glade at Little Island during NYC FREE, the one-time-only multidisciplinary arts festival at Little Island from August 11–September 5, 2021

Opera met play in the New York premiere of Philip Wharton and Janet Burroway’s The Perfect Pig, a whimsical show featuring both a singer and a large-scale puppet as the title character. This charming family opera and endearing tale of discovering one’s own beauty unfolded in the intimate surroundings of The Glade at Little Island.

Tapestry of New York is a short concert that highlighted the varied and diverse voices of our beloved city by some of NYC’s most exciting emerging artists. They include the world premiere of Joy’s Aria from H. Lawrence Freeman’s jazz opera American Romance (World Premiere); a selection from the transgender story As One; Jessie Montgomery’s mezzo-and-cello tribute to the poet Bimbo Rivas, a Puerto Rican native whose community activism helped transform the Lower East Side; and Leonard Bernstein’s toe-tapping New York, New York.


The Perfect Pig
(New York Premiere)

Music: Philip Wharton
Libretto: Janet Burroway
Nicholas Davis, baritone
Candace Chien, piano
Eric Einhorn, stage director
Puppet Kitchen, puppet design/construction

Tapestry of New York

Candace Chien, piano

Joy’s Aria from American Romance (World Premiere)
Music & libretto: H.L. Freeman
By permission of the Freeman Estate and Columbia University Performing Arts Collections
performed by Chantal Freeman, soprano

“Loisaida, My Love”
Music: Jessie Montgomery
Text: Bimbo Rivas
performed by Rosario Armas, mezzo soprano & Eleanor Norton, cello

“Perfect Boy” from As One
Music and Concept: Laura Kaminsky
Libretto: Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
By permission of Bill Holab Music, sole agent
performed by Lucas Bouk, baritone

“New York, New York” from On The Town
Music: Leonard Bernstein
Text: Betty Comden & Adolph Green
performed by Brian Jeffers, tenor

Little Island, New York, NY, USA

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