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Unfinished Poetry

Unfinished Poetry Matthew Aucoin in conversation with Geoffrey Lokke orn in 1990, Matthew Aucoin studied poetry at Harvard before training in composition at Juilliard. While working as an assistant conductor at the Met- Bropolitan Opera, he received a surprise commission to compose a new work for the company. Eurydice (2020), Aucoin’s adaptation of Sarah Ruhl’s play from 2003, received its Met Opera debut this past November, following its first produc- tion at LA Opera (with Aucoin conducting). December saw the publication of his book The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera, which situates his work within the long history of Orphic music-theatre and alongside pieces by living composers he admires, including Thomas Adès, Harrison Birtwistle, and Chaya Czernowin. Before turning to Eurydice, Aucoin adapted a series of works by Walt Whitman, culminat- ing in his two-act opera Crossing, which premiered at the American Repertory The- ater in 2015. Two years later, Aucoin co-founded American Modern Opera Compa- ny (AMOC) with director and choreographer Zack Winokur. The company, which consists of composers, musicians, designers, and choreographers, includes star sing- ers Julia Bullock and Anthony Roth Costanzo. AMOC has produced The No One’s Rose (2021), a dance-theatre piece by Aucoin, Winokur, and choreographer Bobbi http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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MIT Press
Copyright
© 2022 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/pajj_a_00610
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Abstract

Matthew Aucoin in conversation with Geoffrey Lokke orn in 1990, Matthew Aucoin studied poetry at Harvard before training in composition at Juilliard. While working as an assistant conductor at the Met- Bropolitan Opera, he received a surprise commission to compose a new work for the company. Eurydice (2020), Aucoin’s adaptation of Sarah Ruhl’s play from 2003, received its Met Opera debut this past November, following its first produc- tion at LA Opera (with Aucoin conducting). December saw the publication of his book The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera, which situates his work within the long history of Orphic music-theatre and alongside pieces by living composers he admires, including Thomas Adès, Harrison Birtwistle, and Chaya Czernowin. Before turning to Eurydice, Aucoin adapted a series of works by Walt Whitman, culminat- ing in his two-act opera Crossing, which premiered at the American Repertory The- ater in 2015. Two years later, Aucoin co-founded American Modern Opera Compa- ny (AMOC) with director and choreographer Zack Winokur. The company, which consists of composers, musicians, designers, and choreographers, includes star sing- ers Julia Bullock and Anthony Roth Costanzo. AMOC has produced The No One’s Rose (2021), a dance-theatre piece by Aucoin, Winokur, and choreographer Bobbi

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2022

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