Opera News with Trent Johnson / by Robert Neubecker

I"ve been working with Trent on Opera News for a few years now. Most of the projects entail a full page or spread with a spot or three. Some of these articles are pretty intellectual, after all, it's opera. The latest published piece is about the morbid introspection of Contemporary American Opera. In the past, Opera would take on the classic themes of morality, good and evil, love gained and lost, greed and betrayal, redemption. Generally outward looking. Contemporary American Opera is much more morally ambiguous, introspective, blurring the line between good and evil. Here are the sketches and the final layout:

     

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The final art.
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This one is adventures in Trumpland; how small opera companies will be decimated by his regime.

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The following are spreads for a piece on The Flying Dutchman:

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This image was for a piece on being gay in the theater during the Eisenhower Administration:

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And, to finish up, here are a piece on funding Italian Opera companies:

  

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