Neal Goren launches new opera company

Neal Goren, former leader of Gotham Chamber Opera, has launched a new company. Catapult Opera will create new chamber opera performances from its base in New Jersey and tour them across the US.

Each season Catapult Opera will produce two pieces, focussing on “seldom-heard masterworks from the chamber opera repertoire.” Rehearsals and premieres will take place at Montclair State University as part of its Peak Performances programme.

“Catapult Opera promises to emerge as a vital force on the American cultural scene – giving new audiences access to sung stories presented on a human scale, and energising the programming of opera companies nationwide,” said the company in a press release. “Catapult Opera is so named because the world’s leading talent is catapulted into Montclair and then to your community.”

For its first season in 2020-21 Catapult will perform a new adaptation of Robert Wilson of Amahl and the Night Visitors and give the US premiere of Nadia Boulanger’s recently-discovered opera La ville morte.