New opera at New Vic

Presenter sets all-ages season

An opera based on a Philip Pullman novel and a Shakespeare play helmed by the a.d. of Pig Iron Theater are among the offerings set for the 2012-13 season at New Victory Theater.

The New Victory, Gotham’s well-regarded presenter of artsy all-ages programming, presents the U.S. preem of opera “The Firework Maker’s Daughter,” with music by composer David Bruce and libretto by poet Glyn Maxwell. John Fulljames helms the U.K. co-production from the Opera Group and Opera North in association with ROH2 and Watford Palace Theater.

Storyline, based on the Pullman novel of the same name, centers on a young girl whose father disapproves of her desire to become a maker of fireworks. Production incorporates five singers and puppetry.

Dan Rothenberg, a.d. of Philadelphia’s Pig Iron (“Chekhov Lizardbrain”), helms a production of “As You Like It” from the Gotham-based Acting Company. Also on the New Victory slate is another Shakespeare tale, “I, Malvolio,” Brit writer-performer Tim Crouch’s solo take on “Twelfth Night.”

A couple of other productions, Le Clan des Songes’ puppet outing “Fragile” and Compagnie XY’s acrobat show “Le Grand C,” are presented as part of a French program called “Ricochet — Art for All Ages!” A concert from musicians Black Violin and a new Circus Oz production called “From the Ground Up” also are among the shows getting a slot in the season.

New Victory’s lineup kicks off in October with “Urban,” a circus act by Colombian troupe Circolombia.

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