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More Tickets Added for Sold-Out NY Premiere of Glass Handel, Starring Anthony Roth Costanzo at Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Nov 26 & 27)

Additional tickets are now on sale for the previously sold-out New York premiere of star-studded sensation Glass Handel, presented in four performances at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Nov 26 & 27). An immersive, multidisciplinary installation in which opera meets cutting-edge art, fashion, dance, and film, Glass Handel is the brainchild of American countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who joins Eric Jacobsen and The Knights to perform music by Handel and Philip Glass while innovative moving seats allow audience members to experience the production from multiple vantage points. The initial ticket offering sold out months in advance, but, in response to demand, a variety of low-priced static and standing-room options, and a wait list for mobile seats, have been created for this New York engagement of the show hailed as “a pure, joyous spectacle showing a host of people at the top of their games” (Washington Post).

Created by Costanzo in collaboration with producer Cath Brittan and avant-garde fashion/art company Visionaire, Glass Handel features the countertenor and orchestra performing live, while, behind them, the great American artist George Condo paints to the music and ballet stars Patricia Delgado, Daniel Applebaum, and Zoe Zien join So You Think You Can Dancewinner Ricky Ubeda for original choreography by Tony Award-winner Justin Peck, choreographer-in-residence of New York City Ballet. Costumes for the performers, the entire orchestra, and all the extras are designed by Raf Simons, Chief Creative Officer of Calvin Klein. A series of operatic “music videos” are synched with the live performance. The videos are directed by James Ivory and Pix Talarico; Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari; Mark Romanek; Daniel Askill; Rupert Sanders; Mickalene Thomas; Tilda Swinton; AES+F and James Kaliardos. During the show, each audience member’s chair will be wheeled to different parts of the performance space with a system developed by artist Ryan McNamara. Glass Handel’s recent world premiere production was a highlight of Opera Philadelphia’s O18 festival. Opera News called the installation “a unique spectacle for which magnetic countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo provided both accomplished vocal muscle and aesthetic savvy,” and New York magazine advised: “Come worship this dizzying art-fashion collaboration.” Click here to see Swinton and Kopp’s video for “Rompo i lacci” from Handel’s Flavio, here to see Romanek’s video for Glass’s “Liquid Days,” and here to see Cattelan and Ferrari’s video for “Vivi, tiranno” from Handel’s Rodelinda.

Glass Handel marks a coming-of-age for National Sawdust Projects, the incubation and producing arm of renowned Brooklyn non-profit National Sawdust. It was National Sawdust Projects that brought to life such success stories as The Hubble Cantata and (M)iyamoto Is Black Enough, and works currently in production include Jessye Norman’s Sissieretta Jones: Call Her by Her Name!. See below for details of National Sawdust Projects’ upcoming presentations.

Courtenay Casey, Executive Director of National Sawdust and National Sawdust Projects, explains:

“National Sawdust is delighted to work with Anthony Roth Costanzo and his incredible team for a third year. As a founding curator at National Sawdust, Anthony continues to drive unparalleled music innovation that creates an exciting new territory for the operatic form. We are also delighted to expand the National Sawdust Projects initiative with Visionaire and Opera Philadelphia at St. John the Divine.”

About National Sawdust

National Sawdust is a non-profit music venue whose mission is to build new audiences for classical and new music by providing outstanding resources and programmatic support to both emerging and established artists and composers. Centered upon discovery, National Sawdust’s programming introduces audiences to new artists and styles, and introduces artists to new audiences. An incubator of new music, National Sawdust also provides artists the space, time, and resources they need to create their art.

National Sawdust is both a state-of-the-art performance venue and a recording studio, housed within a preserved century-old sawdust factory. The awarding-winning building by Bureau V also houses Rider, a two-story bistro and bar led by James Beard Award–winning chef Patrick Connolly. Rider completes the audience experience by offering an exceptional menu of food and drink during performances.

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National Sawdust Projects: upcoming productions

Nov 26 (7pm & 9:30pm) & Nov 27 (7pm & 9:30pm)
New York, NY
Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Glass Handel (New York premiere)
Music by George Frideric Handel and Philip Glass; Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor; The Knights, orchestral collective; Eric Jacobsen, conductor; Patricia Delgado, David Hallberg, and Ricky Ubeda, dancers; George Condo, live painting
Initial mobile-seating tickets for all performances are fully sold out.
There is a wait list for newly added mobile seating.
Static seats are also now on sale, priced as follows:
   Front limited view: $50
   Side limited view: $25
   Standing room: $20, or $10 with student ID
A limited number of press tickets are still available. 

Jan 5
Brooklyn, NY
National Sawdust
Ferus Festival 2019
Angélica Negrón, composer; Jorinde Keesmaat, director; Alexis Michelle, Miz Jade, and Desmond is Amazing, drag artists; members of The Knights, ensemble
With Kayla Cashetta and Meinu

March 14 & 15
Los Angeles, CA
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
National Sawdust @ The Wallis
(M)iyamoto Is Black Enough
Andy Akiho, composer; Roger Bonair-Agard, lyricist; Sean Dixon, percussion; Jeffrey Zeigler, cello

March 29
Washington, DC
Dupont Underground
Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT
Forward Music Project
Leila Adu, Angélica Negrón, Amanda Feery, Allison Loggins-Hull, Nathalie Joachim, Jessica Meyer, and Morgan Krauss, composers; Amanda Gookin, cello; Katy Tucker, lighting designer

March 31
Washington, DC
Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT
Revert to Sea
Yuka Honda, composer

April 7
Pittsburgh, PA
University of Pittsburgh
The Colorado (screening only)
John Luther Adams, Shara Nova, Bill Brittelle, Glenn Kotche, and Paola Prestini, composers; film by Murat Eyuboglu

May 15
Rotterdam, NL
Classical:NEXT 2019 festival
Opening Gala
Forward Music Project (excerpts)
(See March 29)
The Amazon: In Their Own Words
Pauchi Sasaki, composer; film by Murat Eyuboglu

May 30 & 31
Los Angeles, CA
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
Forward Music Project
(See March 29)

Media Contacts
National Sawdust: Glenn Petry, 21C Media Group, [email protected], (212) 625-2038
Anthony Roth Costanzo: Aleba Gartner, Aleba & Co., [email protected], (212) 206-1450


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