Composer Louis Karchin has announced that a recording of his opera Romulus will be released sometime next year by Naxos. AOP premiered Romulus at the Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim in 2007. Romulus is a one-act opera based on an English Translation by Barnett Shaw of a play by Alexandre Dumas, pèr. In the work, two confirmed bachelors, Celestus and Frantz, have a very comfortable living in their small cottage home in 19th Century Austria. Genially cared for by Celestus’ sister Martha and able to dedicate themselves entirely to their studies of astronomy and philosophy, their lives are simple and perfect –until a baby arrives in a basket.
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”: