ARC          Work          Events          About          MYTHS

Presented in association with the Metropolitan Opera

In anticipation of his performances as Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice at the Metropolitan Opera (May 16 – June 8), ARC is curating and producing MYTHS, a series of performances and participatory programs designed to ignite a collective dialogue about the personal, historic, and cultural dimensions of the mythic. MYTHS will connect programming conceived by established and emerging artists across dozens of cultural institutions, from National Black Theatre to the Morgan Library. Like the Orpheus myth, we hope you will follow us as we spread beautiful music across New York City and beyond.

Use code ORFEOARC for 15% off tickets to Orfeo ed Euridice!

“Orfeo is a dream role for me, and as I prepare to sing it at the Met, I’ve been thinking about myths. In antiquity, a myth like Orpheus contained an elemental truth. In our world today, myths are fundamentally tales that mislead. I want to explore what myth means in our communities, culture, personal lives, and in art, and I have asked some of my favorite artists and organizations to create around the powerful storytelling that all different kinds of myths represent.”

– Anthony Roth Costanzo

More Events and Updates Coming Soon!

March 28, April 19, & May 7
on’t Look Back is a multidisciplinary evening created by ARC, in collaboration with Opera Omaha, the Morgan Library & Museum, and Harvard University. Contextualizing the music of Gluck with Handel who came before him, and Mozart who came after him,  the performance breathes fresh life into the Morgan’s vast collection and allows ARC to perform, quite literally, within these artifacts. Film director and photographer Picky Talarico gives audiences an unprecedented new vantage point to interact with these precious objects and giving us a direct link to these mythic titans of music.
April 10 at Lincoln Center
Community Voices Choir
is a non-audition choir for adults ages 55 and better. Originally developed by the Metropolitan Opera Guild, this program seeks to build a strong sense of community for an often-marginalized group and to allow them to share in the joy of singing with others, develop  their passion for opera, and to be seen as artists. Their final concert will feature ARC singing excerpts from Orfeo ed Euridice with the chorus. Community Voices Choir is made possible with generous funding from Ellen Michelson.

April 27 at Lincoln Center
MYTHS: The People Who Carry The Sky
is a one night event at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center conceived and curated by National Black Theatre’s Artist-in-Residence Fedna Jaquet. This evening explores the mythology and folklore of Fedna’s Haitian roots and seeks to expand our understanding beyond the colonial lens to reach into the truth of the community’s resilience, love and grace. The event will center original commissions by descendants of Haiti that use their work and craft to explore the rich legacy of this black diasporic culture. The event aims to disentangle some of the negative misbeliefs plaguing current views of diasporic francophone countries, and highlight their complicated and majestic essence.

April 9 & 10 at Art Bath 
Art is Gay connects dance artists Bret Easterling and Julia Eichten and the founders of Art Bath for an evening of distinctly queer Greek mythology. Performers include Davóne Tines, Juniper XX, Philip James Gonzales, and more!
April 15 at the Guggenheim
Works & Process: Experiments in Opera
brings together Phil Kline, Jim Jarmusch, and ARC to discuss an opera at the end of the world. Nikola Tesla’s ghost sits alone in the crumbling ballroom of the once mighty Grand Gotham Hotel and, one by one, other residential spirits join him and act out his dreams through a mix of spectacle, absurdity, avant-garde film, blackout comedy, and musical theater. See the culmination of this new opera’s development workshop, incubated in a Works & Process LaunchPAD residency at Bethany Arts Community.

May 5 at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Peter Jay Sharp Building at Noon
Director Miguel Alejandro Castillo brings together the electrifying all-woman salsa orchestra Lulada Club, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and visual artist Lexy Ho-Tai in Creatures of Myth. Inspired by Orfeo ed Euridice, this multidisciplinary performance celebrates and amplifies the voices of students from Rosalyn Yalow Charter School and Highbridge Green Middle School in a site-specific spectacle that explores questions of personal mythology, vulnerability, courage, and the transformative power of love. Student's artwork, including a new sound installation, will be on display at Bronx Arts Space’s residency on Governors Island beginning May 7.
  • May 5 Performance is free to the public! Find out how to find BAM here
  • Information about the Bronx Arts Space’s Residency on Governors Island Coming Soon!