An intimate musical traversal through the intricacies of human desire
The history of music is full of gorgeous expressions of hidden desires, from Beethoven’s longing for his “immortal beloved” to Tchaikovsky’s tortured expressions of his sexuality. Veils for Desire, an inventive new chamber concert program originally developed and produced by the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), is a gathering of music that “veils” or transforms unspeakable desires into new, mysterious forms.
The program includes music by Monteverdi, Matthew Aucoin, and Benjamin Britten, whose Abraham and Isaac, an unforgettable rendering of the Biblical story of a father commanded by God to slay his young son, serves as the program’s heart.
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and tenor Paul Appleby are joined by conductor Matthew Aucoin and instrumentalists from AMOC as well as special guest Wayne Koestenbaum, celebrated poet and scholar, whose playful, multi-layered texts—newly written for the occasion—will weave these works together.
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"The songs chosen for Veils of Desire were so singular, so remarkable in the juxtaposition of words and eras."
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Featuring musicians from AMOC:
Emi Ferguson, flute
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Jonny Allen, percussion