LA Opera Screens Short Opera Film based on Missy Mazzoli’s Proving Up, Composer makes a surprise acting cameo!
Alone in the woods, a young man is pursued by a horrifying specter and by visions of his deceased sisters. A meditation on the precarious uncertainty of the American Dream and the role that uncontrollable forces play in our lives, The West is a Land of Infinite Beginnings is inspired by a harrowing scene from the opera Proving Up, by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek.
Available January 15-29.
Pianist Jeremy Denk performs Missy Mazzoli’s Bolts of Loving Thunder as part of a streaming recital presented by Friends of Chamber Music. Available January 20-27.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra performs Mazzoli’s Set That On Fire for chamber ensemble, which takes its title from a phrase used by the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, on their newly recorded New Beginnings video series. The performance will stream from January 28 through February 27.
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Ensemble for These Times performs Mazzoli’s Heartbreaker for solo piano on their concert Rhapsody: Music by Women Composers at the San Francisco Center for New Music.
Norwegian National Opera performs The Listeners at Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Oslo, Norway (World Premiere) [POSTPONED]
From FEDORA:”The Listeners is an opera about our desperate desire to belong, our search for community and meaning, and the power of charismatic leaders who exploit these desires.
“A middle-class mother living in a southwestern US suburb notices a ‘hum,’ a high-frequency environmental noise that only a select few people, ‘the Listeners,’ can hear. A community organization quickly forms to solve the mystery of the hum, but when a de facto leader suggests a spiritual significance the meetings become increasingly cult-like, ritualized experiences. It becomes clear that this community of ‘Listeners’ is on a collision course of destruction.
“This opera examines the lengths to which we are willing to go in order to find a sense of place and purpose, and the way in which charismatic leaders can exploit these needs to their own ends. An enduring part of our American identity is a sense of deserved and inevitable success and happiness. When this imagined future collides with the realities and struggles of everyday life, dazzling and predatory leaders offering a ‘quick fix’ can easily prey on the vulnerabilities of the lonely and lost.”