Music by Sidney Marquez Boquiren

Libretto by Daniel Neer

A new chamber opera in three scenes that explores the troubled journey of race relations in America.


Saturday, June 3 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 4 at 2 p.m.

Friday, June 9 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 10 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m.


Tickets are $35 General Admission

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CLICK HERE to read the libretto of INDEPENDENCE EVE

Developed in American Opera Projects’ First Chance and Composers & the Voice programs, through the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Jorell Williams

Brandon D. Snook

Conducted by Robert Wood

Directed by Shaun Patrick Tubbs


Watch excerpts from American Opera Projects’ Workshop of INDEPENDENCE EVE below:



Composer Sidney Marquez Boquiren grew up in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia but has spent most of his life in the United States. As a Composer Fellow for American Opera Project’s Composers & the Voice Series (2011 – 2012) and in collaboration with librettist Daniel Neer, he has written representative arias for several different opera treatments as well as a full scene which was premiered in September 2012 with subsequent performances at the BEAT Festival (Brooklyn, NY) and by Two Sides Sounding. Recent commissions include a duo for violinists Sarah Plum and Hal Grossman, a quintet for AnyWhen Ensemble, and a new work for American Modern Ensemble. Sidney is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of Music at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, where he teaches music theory and composition.

Daniel Neer is a librettist, lyricist, playwright and poet with interests ranging from vocal chamber music, art song and staged cantata works to musical theater, contemporary opera and multimedia projects. His collaboration with Sidney Marquez Boquiren on the opera Independence Eve began in 2012 and has been developed by American Opera Projects since that time, with a series of rewarding workshop productions along the way by AOP First Chance, OPERAtion Brookyn, the BEAT Festival, Two Sides Sounding, Ensemble Pi and in residence at the Harlem School of the Arts. Daniel’s other collaborations as librettist include And Here We Are with Matthew Welch for Experiments in Opera, Mercury Falling with Chandler Carter for the at the Long Leaf Opera Festival, and Odes to Earth And Air, also with Sidney Marquez Boquiren, which received its premiere at Adelphi University. As a lyricist for new chamber music and song projects, Daniel’s collaborations include Brooklyn Queens Expressway with Robin McClellan for the Queens New Music Festival, Bruce Bailey with Daniel Felsenfeld for Two Sides Sounding, Metamorphosis with Scott Gendel for the Narkissos Project, Gitchee Gumee with Jonathan David which premiered at the Bar Harbor Music Festival, Summer 1976 with Kim Sherman and Gursky Songs with Alex Burtzos for music/poetry|poetry/music at The National Opera Center, The Good Doctor Windhager by Ronnie Reshef for The Secret Opera song competition (winner), MASKS by Alex Burtzos for The New Song, HAIKU NYC with Ellen Mandel at the Brooklyn Historical Society and Cornelia Street Café, and Ellis Island with Jennifer Bernard Merkowitz which was recently premiered at Otterbein, University in Ohio. Daniel’s first play, The Interview, received a world premiere as part of the New Works International Festival for Short Plays at the Richmond Shepherd Theater in New York City, directed by Ted Gorodetzky.