Opera at the Fringe: May 15–29

"The Companion" and "Safe Word" (from "Three Way")  

Six performances at the Yellow Venue (Goldman Theater) 

Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, Florida

     Wednesday, May 16th, 6:30 p.m.

     Friday, May 18th, 10:00 p.m.

     Wednesday, May 23rd, 8:15 p.m.

     Thursday, May 24th, 9:00 p.m.

     Saturday, May 26th, 7:15 p.m.

     Sunday, May 27th, 10:45 p.m.

Opera Orlando’s first appearance at the Orlando Fringe’s signature festival features two contemporary, boundary-stretching one-act operas from composer Robert Paterson and librettist David Cote, by arrangement with Bill Holab music. The operas will be directed by Eric Pinder, Opera Orlando's director in residence. 

Not so far in the future, workaholic Maya lives with her android lover, Joe. This interactive programmed companion looks and sounds perfect (despite the occasional pop-up ad). But is perfect always better? While installing new experimental software in Joe, computer technician Dax will put Maya’s true desires to the test. 

Mistress Salomé is a high-priced dominatrix in a private dungeon, and today she has a new client, a cocky businessman who pays to be humiliated. Despite their “safe word,” the role playing soon spirals out of control as the two fight for power and take the session to places neither expected.

Tickets: $12 and the purchase of an Orlando Fringe button.



David Cote (librettist) is a playwright, librettist, and arts journalist based in New York City. Operas include "Three Way" with Robert Paterson (Brooklyn Academy of Music & Nashville Opera); "The Scarlet Ibis" and "Fade" with Stefan Weisman (Prototype festival, NYC); and "Blind Injustice" for the Cincinnati Opera (world premiere 2019). "The Scarlet Ibis" will get a new production with Chicago Opera Theater in February 2019. The original cast album of "Three Way" was recently released on American Modern Recordings. David’s song cycle with Robert Paterson, "In Real Life," has been performed in Austin, TX and NYC. David wrote the text for Nkeiru Okoye’s story for baritone and orchestra, "Invitation to a Die-In," dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin. Plays include "Otherland" and "Fear of Art." As an actor and director, David worked with avant-garde icon Richard Foreman, Iranian exile Assurbanipal Babilla, and writer-director Richard Maxwell. More at davidcote.com. Follow @davidcote

Robert Paterson (composer) has been cited as a “modern day master” (axs.com), and his work was praised as the “highlight of the program” (The New York Times). Audiences and critics love his music for its elegance, wit, and wonderful sense of color. Paterson has written over 100 works and won awards for his music in virtually every classical genre. He was named The Composer of The Year by the Classical Recording Foundation and honored with a performance and celebration at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2011. His music has been on the Grammy ballot yearly, and his works were selected as Best Music of 2012 on National Public Radio. His works have been played by the Louisville Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Austin Symphony, Vermont Symphony, BargeMusic, and Albany Symphony’s Dogs of Desire, among others. Paterson’s choral works were recorded by Musica Sacra under maestro Kent Tritle, with a world premiere performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Season 2017-18 highlights include The Nashville Opera world premiere of "Three Way," followed by the New York premiere at BAM in Brooklyn. The New York Premiere of his opera, "The Whole Truth," with a libretto by Mark Campbell, sold out in 2016 at Dixon Place in New York. Other recent premieres include "Shine" for the American Brass Quintet, "Moon Trio" for the Claremont Trio, and "Graffiti Canons" for the Volti Choir of San Francisco. Notable awards include the Utah Arts Festival Annual Commission, the Copland Award, and the ASCAP Young Composer Awards. Paterson has received a three-year Music Alive! grant from the League of American Orchestras and New Music USA, as well as fellowships to Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Aspen Music Festival. Paterson holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM), Indiana University (MM), and Cornell University (DMA). Paterson gives master classes at colleges and universities, most recently at the Curtis Institute of Music, New York University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Paterson is the artistic director of the Mostly Modern Festival and the American Modern Ensemble. He resides in New York with his wife, Victoria, and their son, Dylan.


Eric Pinder (director) An in demand actor, writer, and director, Eric Pinder has been a part of the artistic scene of Central Florida for over twenty five years. He has staged, operas, musicals, plays, and concerts for numerous organizations including Florida Opera Theatre (Gianni Schicchi, The Old Maid and the Thief, Trouble in Tahiti, Tragedy Of Carmen) Bay Street Players (Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know), Valencia College (The Seven Year Itch) Orlando Light Opera (Student Prince, The Merry Widow), Parliament House (Jeffrey), Orlando Philharmonic (Rigoletto), and Opera Orlando (The Impresario and Les Mamelles de Teresias, Amahl And The Night Visitors, The Companion and Safe Word). He has performed at Theatre Downtown (In A Pig’s Valise), Mad Cow (Urinetown, Shipwrecked, The Explorer’s Club, Cabaret Series) and Orlando Shakes (The Exit Interview, The Luckiest People In The World) to name a few.

Orlando audiences are most likely to recognize Eric from his nineteen years of directing, writing and performing for the Orlando International Fringe Festival. Three of his five shows (Waiting For Napoleon, Driving Miss Cherry Blossom, and Skip Peril) were named Best Bets of the Festival by the Orlando Sentinel. He has hosted the Orlando Fringe Preview a record eight times as well as having the distinction of writing and starring in the Festival’s wrap up spoof show which is written and performed in a span of twenty four hours a total of five times.

Eric is a tireless advocate of Opera and has given presentations on the history and culture of the art form for Red Chair Affair and the UCF Opera Orlando Summer Program.

He is at work on a number of other projects including the libretto for a hockey themed Opera called “Goaliedammerung” and a new play “The Diary Of Dan Frank”.