Two Boys Live Stream

(Not the porny kind!)

Tonight is the stateside premiere of Nico Muhly‘s Two Boys, commissioned by the Met Opera and given a workshop world premiere at English National Opera.  Tonight’s performance will be live streamed on the Met’s site at 8pm.  Here’s the NYT review of the premiere.

Two Boys at ENO poster

Poster from ENO’s Two Boys premiere

There’s a neat behind-the-scenes article about the development of the piece since ENO.  It also mentions some of the outside-the-box promotion the Met’s been doing (TV spots during Catfish seem appropriate), including an “Ask me Anything” session with Muhly on Reddit!  Strangely engrossing…   He elaborated on some of the questions on his own site too.

PS: “Two Boys One Cup” was definitely a Google autofill suggestion today…

EDITED TO ADD:  Britten‘s final opera, Death in Venice, is streaming until Friday on BBC Radio 3, which I mention here because of Muhly’s self-proclaimed love of Britten’s operas and the centrality of a boy character to each.  Maybe by listening to the two you can play spot-the-influence; I heard some gamelan-like touches are appear in both…

Also, here’s a video from the Met with the most music and footage from the actual opera as I’ve yet seen…  To put some visuals to the disembodied music you’ll hear tonight…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C80eJCaNedY&w=350&h=300]

New Opera New York

This article in the New York Times on the joint Metropolitan Opera / Lincoln Center Theater opera / musical theater commissioning program gives a peek into the future of new opera at the Met, in terms of existing contemporary opera on their way to the Met stage as well as the newest participants in that commissioning program.

It pairs nicely with 3 new Opera News articles on contemporary composers, 2 of whom, Nico Muhly and Ricky Ian Gordon, have created works for the Met under this program.  Muhly’s Two Boys, which premiered in London, will have it’s New York premiere on Monday, Oct. 21st.

Exciting stuff, always love hearing about new opera, and now seems to be a good time for it, with more companies getting in on the commissioning business…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZCoJV9DfEU&w=350&h=300]

For some more wacky new opera, you can also head over to the Brooklyn Academy of Music to see War Sum Up a combination manga, noh, & electronic operatic meditation on war by Latvian composer Santa Ratniece and classical glam pop band The Irrepressibles.  Two performances only, Nov. 1st & 2nd.

2Boys @ LPR

The Met is getting hip and stopping in at (Le) Poisson Rouge in NY tomorrow night for a concert with Nico Muhly, composer of next season’s newly commissioned opera Two Boys.  The concert will be live streamed on NPR (and maybe on LPR’s site?).  The program is sort of vague, but will apparently include a few excerpts from the opera, other works by Muhly, and works that inspire him (which apparently includes lots of 17th century music, so I approve).

Two Boys was commissioned by the Met but premiered by English National Opera as a co-production in 2011, so we have some stuff to go on, like this NY Times Review or this ENO trailer:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSlLGpJtdvs&w=350&h=300]

But still sort of mysterious, so this concert should be a good primer…