What are you doing Friday night, July 17? Heading out to chic performance space-cum-bar Galapagos to hear my one-act opera, silly! Fade, the 30-minute opera I created last year with composer Stefan Weisman is getting its New York premiere in a couple of weeks. It's part of a one-night benefit for American Opera Projects and Opera On Tap called An Opera Grows in Brooklyn. We're on a triple with David T. Little and OOT. I'll be staging the piece—minimally, since this is essentially a concert presentation. We have an amazing cast, including Amy van Roekel, Jonathan Hays and Pamela Stein. Jody Schum will tickle the ivories and Stephen Black brings it all home with his superior conducting skills. Advance story here. Read all about Fade and listen to the music here. Tickets here. Come for the delicious cocktails, stay for ear-tickling arias.