The Composer, Librettist and Director of the ENO’s new Opera ‘Two Boys’ in conversation with psychoanalyst Sara Flanders

Photo: James Royall

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Venue: North Library, Manor Gardens, Islington

Date: Friday 10 June 2011

Time: 7.00 - 8.30pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Part of Holloway Arts Festival 2011

Composer Nico Muhly, Librettist Craig Lucas and Director Bartlett Sher meet with Psychoanalyst Sara Flanders.

Composer Nico Muhly is a New York–based composer whose orchestral works have been premiered by the American Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra (Seeing is Believing), the Boston Pops (Wish You Were Here), the New York Philharmonic (Detailed Instructions) and the Chicago Symphony (Step Team). Valgeir collaborated with Muhly and perfumer Christophe Laudamiel to create the “scent opera” Green Aria (2009), which premiered at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and on the ballet I Drink the Air Before Me, commissioned by the Stephen Petronio Dance Company for their 25th anniversary and released on CD by Decca in the fall of 2010.

Director Bartlett Sher made his opera-directing debut with Mourning Becomes Electra at Seattle Opera; he has since directed operas at New York City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera. He is the Artistic Director of Intiman Theatre. Credits there include: the world premieres of Prayer for My Enemy and Singing Forest by Craig Lucas (both also Long Wharf Theatre) and Nickel and Dimed; plays by Chekhov, Wilder, Shakespeare, Goldoni and Tony Kushner; and operas The Barber of Seville, The Tales of Hoffman and Le Comte Ory (Metropolitan Opera), Roméo et Juliette (Salzburg Festival), and Mourning Becomes Electra (Seattle Opera and New York City Opera). Work in New York includes: Prayer for My Enemy (Playwrights); Cymbeline (2001 Callaway Award for Best Director, first American Shakespeare at the Royal Shakespeare Company), Waste (2000 Best Play Obie) and Don Juan (all Theater For a New Audience). He is the resident Director at Lincoln Centre Theater, where credits include: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown; Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Tony nomination); South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Awake and Sing! (Tony nomination); The Light in the Piazza (Tony nomination). 

Librettist Craig Lucas: His plays include The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award nomination), God’s Heart, Small Tragedy; his screenplays include Longtime Companion,Prelude to a Kiss and Reckless. He he has just completed filming The Dying Gaul, which he wrote and directed. His awards include an Obie Award for Best American Play for Small Tragedy, the New York Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay for The Secret Lives of Dentists, an Obie for his direction of Harry Kondoleon's Saved or Destroyed, the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Laura Pels mid-career achievement award, Outer Critics, L.A. Drama Critics, Drama-Logue and LAMBDA Literary Awards as well as the Sundance Audience Award. He is the Associate Artistic Director at the Intiman Theater in Seattle.


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