Featured Artist Update: Joseph N. Rubinstein


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Featured Artist Update from: Joseph N. Rubinstein, Composer

Joe Rubinstein’s opera “House of Legendary” was awarded a 2019 Repertoire Development Grant from Opera America. The piece is in development with The American Opera Project and The Seagle Music Colony, and is scheduled to premiere in 2022.

Watch clips of “House of Legendary” here.

Video Still Credits: Aaron Casey as Dee Legendary, at Amanda + James, Saturday, November 9th, 2019

From AOP:

“Famed drag performer Dee Legendary embarks on a passionate love affair with Officer John, whose fascination with Dee takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. Inspired by a true story, House of Legendary is an opera about double lives and destructive desires set in the glory days of New York City’s underground drag culture.

Composer Joseph Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim’s work is a stylish and flamboyant, intimate and daring, lyrical chamber opera fused with 1980s dance music, jazz and pop influences.

The development of House of Legendary is supported in part by a Repertoire Development Grant from OPERA America’s Opera Fund.

Joseph N. Rubinstein was born in Cleveland, OH, and spent his childhood there and in Newport News, VA. He currently lives in New York City.  Joseph’s music is often concerned with dramatic narrative. He is particularly interested in creating strong musical characterizations and striking musical images. His music has been presented by organizations and individuals including Fort Worth Opera Festival, The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, Triad: The Boston Choral Collective, American Opera Projects, The Holy Cross Chamber Singers, The Secret Opera, bass-baritone Matthew Burns at the Spoleto Festival USA, Boston Metro Opera, C4, organist Ben Sheen, and the Young New Yorker’s Chorus.  Upcoming and recent performances include the premiere of a new art song with the Cheah-Chan Duo, and a workshop performance of a new choral work as part of the Pacific Chorale’s 2019 “Choral Sketches” program. Joseph and librettist Jason Kim are the recipients of a 2017 Opera Genesis from American Opera Projects and The Hermitage Artist Colony for further developmental work on their opera “Legendary.” Select choral works by Joseph are available through See-A-Dot music publishing, and his 2009 choral piece “How She Went to Ireland” has been recorded by the C4 Ensemble on 4Tay Records.  He studied music at Columbia University (BA) and The Juilliard School (MM). He is an alumnus of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio and American Opera Projects’ Composers and the Voice program.

Connect with Joe: www.josephnrubinstein.com