New York may have been hunkered down awaiting the arrival of the “bomb cyclone” snowstorm, but OP Artistic Director Nicole Paiement, Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel, and Executive Director Debbie Chinn braved the chill to head to the city for the first workshop of Today It Rains, OP’s first original opera, co-commissioned with American Opera Projects (AOP).

The Manhattan School of Music played host to the OP team, along with composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, AOP Producing Director Matthew Gray, and a cast of professional singers and pianist, during their 2-day, 10-hour dive into the world of Georgia O’Keeffe. Each day was followed by discussions among the creative teams as they worked to identify necessary revisions in preparation for future workshops ahead of the world premiere of the piece in 2019.

Below are some photos from ED Debbie Chinn from those frigid, fabulous days; looking forward to the next time we meet!

Nicole, Brian, and Laura


Nicole working with the singers









Brian, Nicole, and Laura











Laura Kaminsky and Debbie Chinn









Brian, Laura, Mark, and Kimberly











Matthew Gray and Mark Campbell