Brooklyn Opera Works

Upcoming Performances

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Featuring new works by Brooklyn composers, Brooklyn Opera Works’ 3rd annual Art Song Recital “Serenade to Brooklyn” celebrates the unique and deeply personal perspectives of artists from around the globe.

 The program will feature works by young Iranian composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Mexican composer Pamela Martinez, Israeli Alon Nechushtan and songs by Tajikistani composer Alisher Latif-Zade. Combined with classical poetry, the diverse musical and poetic narratives transcend cultural barriers by highlighting the universality of human experiences.

The program will be hosted by the Award-winning composer and BMS’s Artistic Advisory Board member Christopher Cerrone, who’s song cycle “I Will Learn to Love a Person” will be showcased in the recital.

Mr. Cerrone’s powerful work “All Wounds Bleed” was featured this Summer by BOW’s Summer Vocal Arts Program.


General Admission: $12 adv/$15 door

BMS Students/Parents: $5 adv/ $8 door


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.

BOW Masterclasses

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.

For more information about the Brooklyn Opera Works Program, please contact Lina Tetriani at 

highlights from 2016 bow performance

Highlights from the 2016 production of Henry Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" by the Brooklyn Music School's Summer Vocal Arts program.