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Music from the Brooklyn
New Music Collective

MOP Concert

Michael Rose  Tenor
Emily Howard Cobley Mezzo Soprano

Manchester Opera Project, an organisation dedicated to commissioning, developing and performing new vocal works presents a one hour concert of songs written by composers from the Brooklyn New Music Collective.


The concert is produced in partnership with New York University

The concert will be sung by American mezzo soprano Emily Howard Cobley, accompanied by Michael Rose, pianist and will feature songs by composers Steven Burke, Gilda Lyons and Micheal Rose.

The songs include settings of poems by Emily Dickinson, Rainer Maria Rilke and Wallace Stevens.

Music from
the Brooklyn New Music Collective

Monday 7 November 2016 | 6pm



Founded in 2003 by composer Michael Rose, the Brooklyn New Music Collective premieres and occasionally commissions contemporary classical music while providing a professional performance forum for composers and performers, with an emphasis on Brooklyn-based composers. Nurturing contemporary and emerging composers is essential to the advancement of music and is a part of the Collective's artistic philosophy.

michael rose

Michael Rose

Composer & pianist

Michael Rose’s compositions have been performed by eighth blackbird, Richmond County Orchestra, Momenta String Quartet, American Opera Projects, members of ICE, and many others, in India and across Europe and the US. In addition to western classical music, he has written for film, stage, jazz ensemble, and Gagaku ensemble and has arranged songs for Angelique Kidjo.
2014-15 premieres include a set of piano shorts for Beth Levin, pieces for clarinet and hichiriki for Tom Piercy, and a new work for komungo player Heo IkSoo; 2016 brings premieres for Yarn/Wire and clarinettist Chris Bush.

As a pianist, Michael has performed in solo recitals, with chamber groups, and as a vocal accompanist at many of the NYC area’s major halls, including Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Steinway Hall, Trinity Church, Queens College, Bard College, Bargemusic, Merkin Hall, and many others, with additional performances throughout New England and in India.


emily howard cobley

Emily Howard Cobley

Mezzo Soprano

Emily Cobley (nee Howard) has sung and recorded works by many composers; among them Steven Gerber, Kevin Malone, Michael Rose, Peter Susser and Alexandra Vrebalov. Most recently in 2012, she sang the American and British premieres of Kevin Malone’s A Clockwork Operetta with members of the Kronos Quartet (American premiere at the PEN American World Voices Festival) Of her PEN performance, Jane Ciabattari of NPR said (Emily) “blew the roof off” she was-appropriately-raucous, raspy and spell binding”. Other singing highlights include working as a Valkyrie at the Metropolitan Opera, her debut at Carnegie Hall in Mozart's Mass in C Minor, a performance of the Laudamus Te from the same work for Bill and Hillary Clinton and singing excerpts from for thousands as “The Queen of Opera” in the Extremely Hungary Festival's Opera Night in 2009 (as part of Target First Fridays at the Brooklyn Museum). Favourite roles performed include Azucena in Il Trovatore, Amneris in Aida and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd.

steven burke

Steven Burke


Steven Burke has been cited by the American Academy of Arts and Letters as a composer who “has that rarest of inventive gifts, a personal voice,” Steven Burke is being recognized as one of the leading voices of his generation. His music has won praise for its emotional power and mastery.  Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times wrote “the writing has power..stinging emotions.”   Paul Griffiths of the New York Times wrote, his work “might have been written by Brahms after hearing the Rite of Spring…highly accomplished…bursting with historical awareness and creative confidence.”

His music has recently been performed by such distinguished ensembles as: the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the orchestra of the University of Southern California, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the New Millennium Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Jordan Winds of New England Conservatory. 

gilda lyons

Gilda Lyons


Gilda Lyons, composer, vocalist, and visual artist, combines elements of renaissance, neo-baroque, spectral, folk, agitprop Music Theater, and extended vocalism to create works of uncompromising emotional honesty and melodic beauty.

Recent premieres in Beijing, Tokyo, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, and Pittsburgh include Great Barrier Reef (Mirror Visions Ensemble; Performing Arts Library of Lincoln Center, NYC; Music at Meyer, San Francisco, CA); walk, run, fly (pre-recorded sound & Gilda Lyons, voice; The Flea Theater, New York City); Lady Beetle (Yumi Kurosawa, koto; Torifony Hall, Tokyo); Moonlight Suite (Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA); and La Novia de Tola (Beijing New Music Ensemble, Beijing)

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