8 October 2013

Metropolitan Opera Adds Three Composers to New-Works Program, Commissions Operas by Thomas Adès and Osvaldo Golijov

Met Premieres of Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer and Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin Slated for Future Seasons

The Metropolitan Opera announced today the addition of three young composers to its collaborative workshopping program with Lincoln Center Theater, Met/LCT New Works Program, as well as two opera commissions and new productions of several modern operas that have been scheduled to play at the company in future seasons.  

Composers Matthew Aucoin, David T. Little and Joshua Schmidt have been selected to take part in the Met/LCT New Works Program, which utilizes the resources of the Met and Lincoln Center Theater to develop new opera and musical theater pieces. (Nico Muhly's Two Boys, which this month receives its Met premiere, was developed through the program.) Aucoin, the youngest assistant conductor in the history of the Met, is currently composing his third opera, which has been commissioned by the American Repertory Theater. Little's operas include Dog Days — which received its world premiere in 2012 — as well as a Fort Worth Opera commission that is currently titled JFK. Joshua Schmidt is the composer of the admired musical Adding Machine, which played off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theater in 2008. Schmidt's adaptation of Shaw's Candida, titled A Minister's Wife, was produced by Lincoln Center Theater in 2011. For the Met/LCT program, Schmit will work with Tony-nominated librettist Dick Scanlan, who penned the book and lyrics for Broadway's Tony Award-winning Thoroughly Modern Millie. 

The company also announced today that it has commissioned British composer Thomas Adès to compose an operatic adaptation of Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel, which will receive its premiere during the company's 2017-18 season. Featuring a libretto by Tom Cairns, the work is a co-commission between the Met, the Salzburg Festival and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Osvaldo Golijov, whose previously announced Met commission was deferred following the death of his collaborator, writer-director Anthony Minghella, is now adapting the Euripides play Iphigenia in Aulis for the opera stage. Golijov's new work is slated to have its Met premiere during the 2018-19 season. 

In addition, the Met announced that it will stage the company premieres of John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman's The Death of Klinghoffer as well as Kaija Saariaho and librettist Amin Maalouf's L'Amour de Loin. The Death of Klinghoffer will take the Met stage during the 2014-15 season in co-production with English National Opera directed by Tom Morris and conducted by David Robertson. L'Amour de Loin, which is scheduled to play during the 2016-17 season, will be directed by Robert Lepage and conducted by Susanna Mälkki in her Met debut. L'Amour de Loin's Met premiere will make Saariaho just the second female composer to have an opera performed at the Met in the company's history, having been preceded by Ethel Smyth, whose opera Der Wald had its U.S. premiere at the Met in 1903.

"New work is a lifeline to new audiences and therefore vital to the future of our art form," said Met general manager Peter Gelb in a statement released today by the company. "Through the Met/LCT program, we're providing support for young composers. We're also directly commissioning works for our stage, and we're complementing these efforts by increasing our presentations of new productions and revivals of great modern works that already exist. It's a three-pronged approach to ensure the significant presence of modern opera at the Met." spacer

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