The Angel's Share

Anthony Roth Costanzo, Sae Hashimoto, Aaron Siegel

Watching Birds at the End of the World

The Green-Wood Cemetery 500 25th St Brooklyn, NY 11232

July 20 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

July 21

Performance 1: 6:00 PM  - 8:30 PM
Performance 2: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM 

Each performance includes an hourlong spirits tasting, followed by a walk through the cemetery to the Catacombs.

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the long version

Opera superstar Anthony Roth Costanzo will take a short break from the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic to join us in the Catacombs. Performing the one-night-only world premiere of Aaron Siegel’s Watching Birds at the End of the World, he’ll be accompanied by leading percussionist Sae Hashimoto on vibraphone. 

Siegel’s intimate song cycle contemplates the deep feeling of grief that comes with a broken heart, and the powerful sense of rebirth when that lost love is regained again.

The short version

This hushed meditation on heartbreak and hope will be the hottest ticket of the summer… get ‘em before they’re gone.

The Program

The Music

Watching Birds at The End of the World is a collection of 14 songs written for countertenor and vibraphone. contemplates the power of love lost and regained. These intimate songs, written by composer Aaron Siegel, range from the hushed to the mournful, all in a direct voice from the featured singer, celebrated countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. Delivered in the candlelight of the Greenwood Cemetery catacombs, these songs and sounds will reverberate deeply into the feeling of loss present in that space and also create an energy of rebirth for listeners.

1. Sight
2. Light
3. Life
4. Ghosts
5. Distance
6. Truth
7. Other
8. Self
9. History
10. Song
11. Love
12. Hell
13. Loss
14. Mystery

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The Artists

The Performers

Anthony Roth Costanzo, Countertenor

“Vocally brilliant and dramatically fearless”

The New York Times

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of 11 and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. He is a GRAMMY nominee, a recipient of the 2020 Beverly Sills Award from the Metropolitan Opera, a winner of the 2020 Opera News Award, and Musical America’s 2019 Vocalist of the Year.

Sae Hashimoto, Percussionist

Sae Hashimoto (sa-eh ha-shee-moh-toh) is a Japanese-born percussionist whose multifaceted career extends beyond barriers of genre and classification. Her unique approach to performance is cultivated by her intensive classical training and a decade of freelance experience in NYC performing symphonic, baroque, contemporary, and avant-garde music. 

Aaron Siegel, Composer

Aaron Siegel’s inquisitive and playful work represents a personal vision of how we live with and respond to the sounds in our world. He is a composer of music for the concert stage, the theater, video, and public art.  His large body of work for mallet percussion instruments has been embraced by a wide range of ensembles and is performed on a regular basis throughout the United States. Siegel is one of the co-founders of Experiments in Opera (EiO) with whom he has produced over 60 new operatic works since its founding in 2011.