Architecture of a Common Man

Architecture of a Common Man


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New York, NY - CreArtBox is proud to present "Architecture of a Common Man," a new opera-ballet-film performance written by Guillermo Laporta that explores the meaning of success and the pursuit of happiness in life. 

Taking place on March 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., (with preview performances on 17th,18th, and 19th) at Culture Lab LIC (located at 5-25 46th Ave, Queens, NY 11101), "Architecture of a Common Man" follows the journey of a world-recognized photographer who embarks on a documentary about his own life. Through this process, he discovers that success is not necessarily defined by professional achievements but rather by the simple joys and pleasures that life has to offer.

The performance features a trio of performers portraying the main character, including an actor on the screen and two alter egos on stage in the form of a contemporary dancer and an opera baritone. The music, composed specifically for this show, features a soprano, baritone, string quartet, piano, synthesizer, and choir.

"Architecture of a Common Man" aims to challenge societal norms and encourage people to find happiness in being an ordinary person. It explores the relationships between work, family, health, and spirituality and how these aspects can impact one's pursuit of happiness.

The cast includes Bryan Murray (baritone), Nicholas Farrauto (tenor), and Rebecca Madeira (soprano). Peter Cheng choreographs and performs dance sequences, and Sammy Rivas and John Backstrom star as the actors in the film segments. Matt Harvey serves as the cinematographer, capturing the performances on film. 

The musicians providing the music for the show include Yezu Woo and Johnna Wu on the violin, Matthew Cohen on the viola, Julia Lee on the cello, Josefina Urraca on the piano, and Jason Thomas Aylward conducting.

The set, light, and projection design for "Architecture of a Common Man" are designed by Guillermo Laporta, adding to the immersive and captivating experience.

This project was made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. 

  • Mar 17th - 7:30 pm (Preview workshop) 
  • Mar 18th - 7:30 pm (Preview workshop) 
  • Mar 19th - 7:30 pm (Preview workshop)
  • Mar 24th - 7:30 pm - Performance 
  • Mar 25th - 7:30 pm - Performance 
  • Mar 26th - 7:30 pm - Performances 

PREVIEW WORKSHOP NOTE (17TH, 18TH, AND 19TH): Artists are subject to change. A reduced version of the music score will be performed (piano). The performance can be stopped or modified if artists, designers, or directors require so.

Tickets are $30 and are available

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Founded in 2013, CreArtBox pairs exceptional classical and new music with a crafted visual aesthetic to design programs that foster art commitment in present society, promote the creation of new meaningful work, support professional artists, enhance local communities, and inspire future generations. 

"Architecture of a Common Man" is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. CreArtBox is also supported through individual donors and grants from the Amphion Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund, Spain Arts and Culture, and Queens Council for the Arts.


The opera will take place in Culture Lab LIC’s newly renovated theater, located at the waterfront of Long Island City, Queens. Formerly a warehouse, the 12,000-square-foot space boasts a 90-seat theater, an 18,000-square-foot outdoor venue, and more. As a nonprofit arts advocacy organization, Culture Lab LIC, consistently supports the efforts of local artists through their significant community work and arts programming. Since its conception in October 2016, community outreach has doubled every year. For more information, please visit the Culture Lab LIC website at Contact: Culture Lab LIC Phone: (718) 392-0722 Email:

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