Divided into three chunks, it’s being presented at three separate, $10 events. I just learned of it yesterday, so we missed the first one, but the second is tonight at 7pm, the third on Saturday. Tickets here!
From composer Clint Borzoni, an alum of programs from American Opera Projects and American Lyric Theater, the opera tells the story of Hadrian, Roman emperor from 117 to 138 AD, and his relationship with the young Antinous. (Gotta love those same-sex lovin’ Romans!) After Antinous’ death, Hadrian had him exalted to the level of deity, accounting for much of the contemporary art of him… The duet above is sung by bass Matthew Curran (Hadrian) and tenor Tommy Wazelle (Antinous).
I’m intrigued by some of the other projects from Borzoni, including song cycles, but especially his one-act opera Margot Alone in the Light, based on a Ray Bradbury story… And what do you know, Operamission has it in full on their YouTube channel…[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpDdB442mIY&w=350&h=300]