In Episode 507 of the Something New podcast, award-winning songwriter Joel B. New sat down with Louisa Proske, Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera.
Now entering its third season, Heartbeat Opera transforms great works of the operatic canon through visionary adaptations, radical arrangements for chamber ensembles, and intimate, visceral productions that put the singers and the instrumentalists at the center of the work. Heartbeat distills opera to its essence, and cultivates new audiences for the art form.
Heartbeat Opera's Spring Festival runs May 20-28 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York, featuring two fully produced, premiere adaptations of opera in repertory: Bizet's Carmen (directed by Proske) and Puccini's Madama Butterfly (directed by fellow Founding Co-Artistic Director Ethan Heard). For tickets, visit heartbeatopera.org.
For the live song portion of the episode, Joel revisits his musical setting of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem, "Travel." Performed by Joshua Hinck, Charlie Levy, and Allison Mickelson. Originally aired on the web series "New Works Wednesdays" in March 2015.
This interview was recorded live at Pearl Studios in NYC.