Brooklyn Opera Works
Brooklyn Opera Works (BOW) is dedicated to providing conservatory-level opera training and performance opportunities to new and emerging artists, as well as presenting lesser known operas with a fresh and engaging presentation. We encourage talented vocal artists who come from a range of different traditions and backgrounds to explore the operatic art form, while developing future audiences.
Students will participate in classes held by world-class experts and receive tailored feedback, guidance and insight into all aspects of vocal performance and professional music industry: technique, dramatic presentation, audition process, public relations and marketing tools for becoming a professional Vocal Artist, etc. Equally beneficial to the observer, BOW Masterclasses will serve as a platform for students to work with elite artists in front of their peers and audience.
Classes that are beneficial to vocal artists of all genres/traditions are open to all vocalists at BMS. Our Vocal Department covers traditions including opera, musical theater, jazz, pop/rock, R&B, folk, gospel, and blues. We foster interdisciplinary exploration, multicultural collaboration and creativity by bringing singers who sing across genres into the same classroom.
Our dynamic faculty provides instruction and guidance of the highest level in a thriving and friendly environment of the community performing arts and music school of the 21st century.
Opera as a Living Art Form
BOW is dedicated to making opera into a living art form that challenges and engages diverse contemporary audiences. Future projects will include performances in non-traditional spaces and commissioned works by living composers. Through collaboration with living composers and performing newly commissioned works, young artists have the chance to work with innovative music and create more “complete” dramaturgical experiences.
Bringing their work into non-traditional spaces and engaging with disadvantaged audiences provides performers with greater artistic adaptability (“honoring” the space and closer interaction with the audience), flexibility (working with avant-garde or nontraditional ideas) and creativity (full immersion and use of imagination).
This will include performances in schools, senior centers and other community organizations, where BOW will perform selected scenes from traditional and contemporary operas, acclaimed arias, art songs, musical theater and chamber music selections. This segment of the program also serves as a platform to perform for and interact with the audiences in non-traditional spaces, in a friendly and informal setting.