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NY PREMIERE
Crossing
Oct 3—Oct 8, 2017
 
Opera

Composed, written, and conducted by Matthew Aucoin
American Repertory Theater
Directed by Diane Paulus

 

At the crux of Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” lies the question: “What is it, then, between us?” In Crossing, 27-year-old composer and conductor Matthew Aucoin explodes Whitman’s “us” to operatic proportions, taking inspiration from the diary the poet kept while volunteering as a Civil War nurse. Stunningly rendered by pioneering, Boston-based orchestra collective A Far Cry and American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin), Aucoin’s taut chamber opera imagines Whitman, played by baritone Rod Gilfry (the loser, 2016 Next Wave; Anna Nicole, 2013 Next Wave), drawn deep into a fraught, sensual relationship with wounded young soldier John Wormley (tenor Alexander Lewis). In the shadows of a DC sick ward, haunted by the dreams and nightmares of its inmates, the two men grapple with questions that threaten to tear each other—and their country—apart.

 

Choreography by Jill Johnson
Set design by Tom Pye
Costume design by David Zinn
Lighting by Jennifer Tipton
Projection design by Finn Ross
Sound design by Sam Lerner
Featuring Chamber Orchestra A Far Cry

Produced and commissioned by American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. Produced in association with Music-Theatre Group.

Crossing was commissioned through the generous support of Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser. This production of Crossing was made possible through the extraordinary support of Betsy and Edward Cohen.

 
 
LANGUAGE
In English with English titles
RUN TIME
1hr 40min
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Major support provided by Robert L. Turner.
Leadership support for opera at BAM provided by:
Aashish & Dinyar Devitre
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
“... if contemporary opera has a rising wunderkind, then Aucoin has to be it ... ”
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“...a taut, teeming and inspired work.”
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