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Opera in a Suitcase.

Founded by Richard Flusser in 1950, the After Dinner Opera has produced hundreds of American chamber operas, many of them historic debuts: in 1956 the ADO became the first American company to take American operas to Europe.

The ADO specializes in instant operatic fun, in works that are quaintly mythological, pseudo-folkish, cheerfully sexy. For all its friskiness, however, the ADO has serious musical ambitions: to provide a place for composers showcase their art.

The ADO has produced the works of over seventy-seven composers, including Seymour Barab, Leonard Bernstein, Mark Blitzstein, Georges Bizet, Duke Ellington, Lee Hoiby, Gian-Carlo Menotti and Ned Rorem.

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