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Peter Eötvös's Angels in America at New York City Opera

Jun. 01, 2017

Peter Eötvös's <em>Angels in America</em> at New York City Opera

On June 10, New York City Opera presents the New York premiere of Peter Eötvös’s opera Angels in America at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater.

Based on Tony Kushner’s award-winning play, Eötvös's Angels in America was commissioned by Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and had its premiere there in 2004. The opera made its American debut with Opera Boston and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2006. This month's New York premiere of the opera is conducted by Pacien Mazzagatti and directed by Sam Helfrich, with a cast featuring Andrew Garland as Prior Walter, Aaron Blake as Louis, Wayne Tigges as Roy Cohn, and Kirsten Chambers as The Angel.

Sung in English with a libretto by Mari Mezei, Angels in America is a two-part opera that follows eight characters struggling with personal relationships, AIDS and cultural conflicts. Explaining his main focus in composing the opera, Eotvos comments: 

In the opera version, I put less emphasis on the political line than Kushner; I rather focus on the passionate relationships, on the highly dramatic suspense of the wonderful text, on the permanently uncertain state of the visions.

The production runs through June 16. View the score:

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Peter Eötvös
Angels In America (2003-2004, rev. 2012)
opera in two parts
libretto (Eng) by Mari Mezei, based on the play by Tony Kushner
for three sopranos, mezzo-soprano, alto, countertenor (mezzo-soprano), tenor, baritone, lyric baritone, 2 bass-baritones
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