Classics Today and Thirteen/WNET discuss Pärt / O’Regan at the Guggenheim

January 20, 2009


Music critics were in the house at AOP’s two sold-out performances of Pärt / O’Regan at the Guggenheim Museum. Read their comments below.

Robert Levine, Classics Today:

Guggenheim Museum, New York; Jan 11, 2008

“The Guggenheim Museum’s Peter B. Lewis Theater was host to American Opera Projects’ and Works & Process’ presentation of four works: three by the Estonian minimalist Arvo Pärt and one by the British-born, New York based Tarik O’Regan (who named Pärt as one of his inspirations). The 75 minute show was sometimes puzzling, sometimes riveting and always interesting. As always, AOP’s experiments require attention….”

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Susan Yung, Sunday Arts Blog at Thirteen/WNET:

Tarik O’Regan, a British composer born in 1978, presented The Woven Child, with libretto by Anna Rabinowitz. It might be daunting for a young composer to be juxtaposed with a master like Pärt (born in 1935 in Estonia), but his composition definitely felt aurally akin – the notes arranged spaciously for miles, and then pooling into a dense symphonic chord. Soprano Caroline Worra’s vocal line paralleled the cello’s, wavering, blending, teasing; violin notes darted rapidly. Then came a hymn-like section, imbued with hope, patience, yearning.

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AOP to premiere staging of Arvo Pärt’s “L’Abbe Agathon”

October 29, 2008
Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt

AOP is proud to announce that on January 11 & 12, 2009 we will partner again with Works & Process at the Guggenheim to present two monodramas set to the music of acclaimed Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Half of the evening will be a dance piece choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and the other half will be AOP’s premiere staging of Pärt’s 2004 composition L’Abbe Agathon, to be dramatized by famed visual artist Sophie Calle. The performers of these two monodramas will be Lauren Flanigan, Wendy Whelan and Albert Evans. AOP & W&P previously collaborated on the workshops of Darkling and the world premiere of Romulus. Stay tuned to the AOP events page for updates.

Watch a video montage created for Pärt‘s “Spiegel im Spiegel”:

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