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Horror Opera Mazzoli

Post by lennygoran » Tue May 15, 2018 7:54 am

We saw her Breaking the Waves and I enjoyed it-have never been to the Miller Theater. Regards, Len

A New ‘Horror Opera’ Opens Miller Theater’s Next Season

By Michael Cooper
May 14, 2018

With her dark, disturbing “Breaking the Waves,” Missy Mazzoli established herself as an opera composer to watch. Now New Yorkers will get a chance to hear her latest work, “Proving Up,” which will open the 30th-anniversary season of the Miller Theater at Columbia University.

“Proving Up” is, like “Breaking the Waves,” based on a nightmarish tale, this one a short story by Karen Russell about homesteaders in Nebraska after the Civil War struggling with the American dream. Another collaboration with the librettist Royce Vavrek, the new work was described as ushering in a new genre of “horror opera” by The Washington Post.

Miller Theater, which for three decades has brought a downtown sensibility uptown, will also continue its essential Composer Portraits series next season, focusing on a new generation of artists. Concerts will be devoted to Kate Soper, with a performance of her “Ipsa Dixit”; the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun; the composer and pianist Wang Lu; John Zorn, the veteran impresario of the downtown scene; Tyshawn Sorey, who won a 2017 MacArthur “genius” grant; and David T. Little, with a pairing of his “Haunt of Last Nightfall,” exploring the role of the United States in the 1981 massacre in El Mozote in El Salvador, and “Agency,” a work for string quartet and electronics.

The harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani will give two recitals, pairing selections from Bach’s “Well-Tempered Clavier” with contemporary works, including a commission by George Lewis. The Vijay Iyer Sextet will be among the Miller’s jazz offerings. And its early music series will feature performance by the Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico, the Orlando Consort, New York Polyphony and Cappella Pratensis, a Dutch ensemble.

Over time the Miller has emerged not only as a presenter of new music, but also a commissioner of it — including, next season, works by Mr. Sorey, Mr. Lewis, Nico Muhly and more. But its decision to become a co-commissioner of “Proving Up,” along with Washington National Opera and Opera Omaha, suggests a new level of ambition. The theater and its executive director, Melissa Smey, described the production as the first fruits of an initiative to help create chamber operas.

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