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Opera Unbound
Brooklyn Museum
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Click here to read Frank J. Oteri's original speech for Opera Unbound discussing undiscovered Hungarian opera genius, Gabriel Von Wayditch.

Photo by Ken Howard of the Vertical Player Repertory


This grand extravaganza gives you opera like you’ve never experienced it: opera mixes by Hungarian and Brooklyn DJs, contemporary operas, cell phone manipulated opera tunes, opera open mic, and an opera film, in different nooks and crannies of the Brooklyn Museum. Highlights of the evening include a multimedia performance featuring excerpts from the magnificent operas of Gabriel von Wayditch, an unsung genius and Hungarian composer who lived and died in New York. Found after his death, most of these works will be revealed to the general public for the first time. One of five special events commissioned by the Extremely Hungary Festival.

Preliminary Program

5:00 – 7:00 | Music | Dallam-Dougou blends Hungarian Gypsy and West African music in a funky cross-cultural ensemble.  

5:30-6:30 | Performance | Vertical Player Repertory performs from William Bolcom’s adaptation of Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge.”

6:00 | Artist Talk | Patricia Cronin discusses the exhibition “Harriet Hosmer, Lost and Found.”

6:00-10:00 | Cell Phone Interactive | Create spontaneous loop-based opera compositions with the cell-phone controlled music installation OperaLooper.

6:30-8:30 | Hands-On Art | Fashion a theatrical mustache with “The MustacheSisters” Nina Frenkel and Aya Kakeda.

7:00-8:00 | Film | Cremaster 5 (Matthew Barney, 1997, 55 min), a tragic love story set in the romantic dreamscape of 19th century Budapest starring Ursula Andress.

7:00-8:00 | Music | Jeans-wearing, beer-drinking, fun loving opera singers Opera on Tap sing your favorite opera tunes.

7:30-8:30 | Performance | 7:30-8:30 | Performance | A multimedia presentation by VJ Benton-C Bainbridge, composer and music journalist Frank J. Oteri, pianist Lloyd Arriola, and performers of the Vertical Player Repertory on prolific Hungarian-American composer and unsung genius Gabriel von Wayditch (1888–1969). The program will feature excerpts from his lush operatic works, and Arriola's will be the first public performance of Wayditch's only solo piano composition.

8:00 | Young Voices Talk | Student guides give an interactive talk on Hungarian and European art.

8:30-10:00 | Opera Open Mic | Singers take on the loving Brooklyn crowd.

9:00-10:00 | Book Club | Join Brooklyn author Arthur Phillips for a discussion of his novel Prague.

9:00-11:00 | Dance Party | Brooklyn’s DJ Reborn and a special Hungarian guest DJ spin soul, house, opera, and electronica inside a one-of-a-kind videoscape.

This is one of seven events commissioned by the Extremely Hungary Festival.

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Free admission. Part of the Brooklyn Museum’s “Target First Saturdays” series.
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY