November 9, 2011

New Nico Muhly opera premieres in November

In recent days, the topic of Mormonism has mostly been discussed in relation to comedic Broadway shows and presidential candidates. But this November, Mormons will also be represented in a new opera by Nico Muhly! Get tickets here for the New York run. Tonight is opening night though the opera will also be performed in Philadelphia next summer.

Dark Sisters was written with the playwright Stephen Karam and commissioned-slash-produced by the Gotham Chamber Opera, the Music-Theatre Group, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. It tells the (fictional) story of a polygamist family targeted in a government raid to remove their children, and a wife trying to escape the household. You can read more about it on the official website, which also has audio clips of Nico and Stephen talking about their collaboration. Or just check out this video in which Nico discusses the inspiration for the work.

Dark Sisters is only Nico's second opera. His first, Two Boys, premiered at the English National Opera just this past summer. Here's a video they made for that -- nothing to do with the plot of Two Boys, mind you, but it's fun all on its own.

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