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1-01 Prologue & Scene 1 (Alley/Police Station): "Help! Help! My friend has been stabbed!" 4:05
1-02 Scene 2 (Hospital): "You understand your son had no pulse…" 3:18
1-03 Scene 3 (Police Station): "Brian? I'm detective Sargeant Strawson" 2:13
1-04 Scene 4 (Brian's Bedroom): Chorus: "U there? / Who is this?" 5:41
1-05 Scene 5 (Police Station): I'm not! / Brian. There are witnesses 0:56
1-07 Scene 7 (Church): "Amen… O Lord, open thou our lips" 3:42
1-08 Scene 8 (Brian's House): Has Brian been in trouble before? 4:05
1-09 Scene 9 (Police Station): "Copy of the security tape from the shopping centre" 0:58
1-10 Scene 10 (Anne's Flat): "You should see this boy they've stuck me with" 6:53
1-11 Scene 11 (Police Station): "No one else goes in or out… You stabbed him" 3:41
1-12 Scene 12 (Brian's Bedroom): "Brian…You don't know me… Chorus: Can't stop talking" 8:11
1-13 Scene 13 (Hallway): "That's for damn sure" 4:13
1-14 Scene 14 (Interview Room/Brian's Room): "You searched for Rebecca…" 3:24
1-15 Scene 15 (Hospital): "Mrs. Wilson? / I know he hears us" 1:35
1-16 Scene 16 (Police Station): "The transcripts from the server" 2:45
2-01 Scene 1 (Police Station): "Even senseless crimes make sense" 4:26
2-02 Scene 2 (Police Station): "Told you. You think I'm smart enough…" Chorus: [Grocery items] 1:58
2-03 Scene 3 (Brian's Bedroom): "It had to be done… I'm sure you understand" 4:59
2-04 "I have to see you! / Ur in danger" 2:05
2-07 Chorus: "I saw u in algebra…" 3:44
2-08 Scene 4 (Police Station): "Did you have sex?" 1:25
2-05 "Trick or treat!" 3:06
2-06 "Hey… I knew you wouldn't believe" 2:53
2-09 Scene 5 (Brian's Bedroom): "Brian… I have a proposition" 1:35
2-10 Scene 6 (Police Station): "You refused / He was my friend!" 0:53
2-11 Scene 7 (Anne's Flat) & Scene 8 (Police Station): "Mother!... Are you all right?" 4:13
2-12 Scene 9 (Brian's Bedroom): "What's up? / U updated your photo" 1:32
2-13 Scene 10 (Police Station): "You taking the piss? / Maybe not" 1:29
2-14 Scene 11 (Brian's Bedroom): "If I'm not at the doctor" 4:49
2-15 Scene 12 (Alley): "Do what I say / Okay" 2:32
2-16 Scene 13 (Police Station): "Thank you, Brian. Do you understand what's happened to you?" 1:15
2-17 Scene 14 (Hospital): "Detective, this is my daughter, Rebecca…" Chorus: "Kill urself" 1:37
2-18 "And there they are—Rebecca. Fiona. Peter..." 6:53
1-06 Scene 6 (Brian's Bedroom): "Brian?... Church in ten minutes…" Chorus: "How are u?" 9:14

Two Boys

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    Nonesuch releases Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys—recorded live during the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013 production with conductor David Robertson and director Bartlett Sher—on September 30, 2014. The two-act opera, which features a libretto by award-winning playwright Craig Lucas, is loosely based on true events and follows a lonely detective whose investigation of a seemingly simple crime draws her into a complex web of online intrigue. Alice Coote sings the role of Detective Inspector Anne Strawson and Paul Appleby sings Brian, the 16-year-old boy at the center of her investigations. The cast also features Jennifer Zetlan as Rebecca, Caitlin Lynch as Cynthia, Sandra Piques Eddy as Fiona, Judith Forst as Anne’s Mum, Christopher Bolduc as Jake, and Keith Miller as Peter. Two Boys, which is Muhly’s Nonesuch debut, is available to pre-order now with an instant download of the opera’s Act I, Scene 6.

    Vermont-born Muhly, 32, is the youngest composer ever commissioned by the Met, and Two Boys is his first large-scale opera. The New Yorker praised Two Boys as “bighearted, fearless work,” noting that “Muhly handles this lurid story with thoughtfulness and compassion: plaintive chorales and brooding ostinatos suggest the sadness and the loneliness lurking within the electronic global village.”

    Two Boys, set in an English industrial city in 2001, combines two story elements rarely seen on the operatic stage: a police procedural and a dramatization of the mysterious and lonely lives of those who inhabit the dark corners of the Internet. “What was so exciting for me about this story, and what was so poignant is that we don’t live in a place where there are masked balls, really, anymore,” Muhly says of his inspiration for the opera. “So I thought the Internet—where you can really pretend to be another person—would actually be quite a traditional frame for an opera. I’d like to think Two Boys is both new and also very, very old.

    “The choral music in Two Boys references the ecstatic vocal music of Meredith Monk and Steve Reich—the sense of overlapping vocal patterns creating a larger architecture of meaning,” Muhly continues. “It’s almost as if you’re hearing the entire aggregate of all the things that people are saying on the Internet at once.”

    Muhly’s chamber opera Dark Sisters, written during the same period as Two Boys, premiered in New York in the fall of 2012. He has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists, and organizations, including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, countertenor Iestyn Davies, soprano Jessica Rivera, violinist Hilary Hahn, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, designer/illustrator Maira Kalman, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet. He is a graduate of Columbia University and The Juilliard School.

    Muhly’s other recent projects include music for the Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie and the score to the film Kill Your Darlings. His other film credits include scores for Joshua (2007), Margaret (2009), and the Academy Award–nominated The Reader (2008). He has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Antony and the Johnsons, Björk, Bryce Dessner and Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard, Grizzly Bear, and Jónsi. Among Muhly’s most frequent collaborators are his colleagues at Bedroom Community, an artist-run label headed by Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson. In spring 2012, Bedroom Community released Muhly’s three-part Drones & Music, in collaboration with pianist Bruce Brubaker, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and violist Nadia Sirota.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Cast (in order of vocal appearance)
    Paul Appleby: Brian
    Dennis Petersen: Liam, Detective Chief Inspector
    Alice Coote: Anne Strawson, Detective Inspector
    Marco Nisticò: Doctor
    Caitlin Lynch: Cynthia, Jake’s mother
    Jennifer Zetlan: Rebecca
    Anne Nonnemacher, Maria D’Amato: American suburban moms
    Maria Zifchak: Brian’s mother
    Kyle Pfortmiller: Brian’s father
    Richard Cox: Celebrant
    Andrew Pulver: Boy soprano
    Judith Forst: Anne’s mum
    Sandra Piques Eddy: Fiona
    Noah Baetge: American Congressman
    Juan José de León: American Congressional page
    Christopher Bolduc: Jake
    Keith Miller: Peter
    Ashley Emerson: American suburban girl

    The Metropolitan Opera
    Orchestra and Chorus

    Conducted by David Roberston

    Chorus Master Donald Palumbo

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Music by Nico Muhly
    Libretto by Craig Lucas

    Music Producer: Jay David Saks
    Editing: John Bowen (Sync Sound)
    Live Audio Technical Supervision: John Kerswell
    Recorded and mixed live at the Metropolitan Opera by Jay David Saks October 21 & November 6, 2013

    Design by Evan Gaffney Design
    Production Photography © 2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
    Product Manager: Steven Carter

    Production: Bartlett Sher
    Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
    Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
    Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
    Projections and Animation: Leo Warner, Mark Grimmer, Nicol Scott, and Peter Stenhouse for 59 Productions
    Choreographer: Hofesh Shechter
    Dramaturg: Paul Cremo
    Musical Preparation: Bradley Moore, Caren Levine, Liora Maurer, Steven Osgood, and James Burton
    English Coach: Erie Mills
    Prompter: Caren Levine

    The production of Two Boys made possible by a generous gift from the Francis Goelet Trusts.
    Additional funding from Dr. Coco Lazaroff.
    A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera.
    Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera.
    Originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater New Works Program, with support from the Francis Goelet Trusts and the Ford Foundation.

on June 10, 2014 - 2:46pm
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (All day)
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541941

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Description: 

Nonesuch releases Nico Muhly’s opera Two Boys—recorded live during the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013 production with conductor David Robertson and director Bartlett Sher—on September 30, 2014. The two-act opera, which features a libretto by award-winning playwright Craig Lucas, is loosely based on true events and follows a lonely detective whose investigation of a seemingly simple crime draws her into a complex web of online intrigue. Alice Coote sings the role of Detective Inspector Anne Strawson and Paul Appleby sings Brian, the 16-year-old boy at the center of her investigations. The cast also features Jennifer Zetlan as Rebecca, Caitlin Lynch as Cynthia, Sandra Piques Eddy as Fiona, Judith Forst as Anne’s Mum, Christopher Bolduc as Jake, and Keith Miller as Peter. Two Boys, which is Muhly’s Nonesuch debut, is available to pre-order now with an instant download of the opera’s Act I, Scene 6.

Vermont-born Muhly, 32, is the youngest composer ever commissioned by the Met, and Two Boys is his first large-scale opera. The New Yorker praised Two Boys as “bighearted, fearless work,” noting that “Muhly handles this lurid story with thoughtfulness and compassion: plaintive chorales and brooding ostinatos suggest the sadness and the loneliness lurking within the electronic global village.”

Two Boys, set in an English industrial city in 2001, combines two story elements rarely seen on the operatic stage: a police procedural and a dramatization of the mysterious and lonely lives of those who inhabit the dark corners of the Internet. “What was so exciting for me about this story, and what was so poignant is that we don’t live in a place where there are masked balls, really, anymore,” Muhly says of his inspiration for the opera. “So I thought the Internet—where you can really pretend to be another person—would actually be quite a traditional frame for an opera. I’d like to think Two Boys is both new and also very, very old.

“The choral music in Two Boys references the ecstatic vocal music of Meredith Monk and Steve Reich—the sense of overlapping vocal patterns creating a larger architecture of meaning,” Muhly continues. “It’s almost as if you’re hearing the entire aggregate of all the things that people are saying on the Internet at once.”

Muhly’s chamber opera Dark Sisters, written during the same period as Two Boys, premiered in New York in the fall of 2012. He has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists, and organizations, including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, countertenor Iestyn Davies, soprano Jessica Rivera, violinist Hilary Hahn, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, designer/illustrator Maira Kalman, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet. He is a graduate of Columbia University and The Juilliard School.

Muhly’s other recent projects include music for the Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie and the score to the film Kill Your Darlings. His other film credits include scores for Joshua (2007), Margaret (2009), and the Academy Award–nominated The Reader (2008). He has collaborated with a variety of artists, including Antony and the Johnsons, Björk, Bryce Dessner and Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard, Grizzly Bear, and Jónsi. Among Muhly’s most frequent collaborators are his colleagues at Bedroom Community, an artist-run label headed by Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson. In spring 2012, Bedroom Community released Muhly’s three-part Drones & Music, in collaboration with pianist Bruce Brubaker, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and violist Nadia Sirota.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

Nico Muhly’s opera, Two Boys was recorded live during the Metropolitan Opera’s 2013 production with conductor David Robertson and director Bartlett Sher. The opera, featuring a libretto by award-winning playwright Craig Lucas, is loosely based on true events and follows a lonely detective whose investigation of a seemingly simple crime draws her into a complex web of online intrigue. Alice Coote sings the role of Detective Inspector Anne Strawson and Paul Appleby sings Brian, the 16-year-old boy at the center of her investigations. The New Yorker praised Two Boys as a “bighearted, fearless work.” Pre-orders include an instant download of the opera’s Act I, Scene 6.

 

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Cast (in order of vocal appearance)
Paul Appleby: Brian
Dennis Petersen: Liam, Detective Chief Inspector
Alice Coote: Anne Strawson, Detective Inspector
Marco Nisticò: Doctor
Caitlin Lynch: Cynthia, Jake’s mother
Jennifer Zetlan: Rebecca
Anne Nonnemacher, Maria D’Amato: American suburban moms
Maria Zifchak: Brian’s mother
Kyle Pfortmiller: Brian’s father
Richard Cox: Celebrant
Andrew Pulver: Boy soprano
Judith Forst: Anne’s mum
Sandra Piques Eddy: Fiona
Noah Baetge: American Congressman
Juan José de León: American Congressional page
Christopher Bolduc: Jake
Keith Miller: Peter
Ashley Emerson: American suburban girl

The Metropolitan Opera
Orchestra and Chorus

Conducted by David Roberston

Chorus Master Donald Palumbo

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Music by Nico Muhly
Libretto by Craig Lucas

Music Producer: Jay David Saks
Editing: John Bowen (Sync Sound)
Live Audio Technical Supervision: John Kerswell
Recorded and mixed live at the Metropolitan Opera by Jay David Saks October 21 & November 6, 2013

Design by Evan Gaffney Design
Production Photography © 2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Product Manager: Steven Carter

Production: Bartlett Sher
Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber
Lighting Designer: Donald Holder
Projections and Animation: Leo Warner, Mark Grimmer, Nicol Scott, and Peter Stenhouse for 59 Productions
Choreographer: Hofesh Shechter
Dramaturg: Paul Cremo
Musical Preparation: Bradley Moore, Caren Levine, Liora Maurer, Steven Osgood, and James Burton
English Coach: Erie Mills
Prompter: Caren Levine

The production of Two Boys made possible by a generous gift from the Francis Goelet Trusts.
Additional funding from Dr. Coco Lazaroff.
A co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera.
Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera.
Originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater New Works Program, with support from the Francis Goelet Trusts and the Ford Foundation.