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New York Premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo's Savage Winter

Nov. 01, 2018

New York Premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo's <em>Savage Winter</em>

On November 7, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) presents the New York premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo's Savage Winter as part of their 2018 Next Wave Festival with additional performances on November 8-10.

Having recently received its southwestern premiere at Houston's Aperio, Music of the Americas, Savage Winter is directed by Jonathan Moore and will feature the "radiant, communicative tenor" Tony Boutté in the role of the protagonist, propelled by electric guitar (played by the composer), trumpet and keyboards which assist him in narrating his delirious fever dream.

Produced by American Opera Projects and Pittsburgh Opera, Savage Winter is a monodrama for tenor, three instrumentalists and electronics, with text that is a contemporary reimagining of Wilhelm Müller's poetry, originally set by Franz Schubert in his Winterreise song cycle. An intensely modern work, Savage Winter is infused with acid jazz, a punk energy and an electronic soundscape depicting a portrait of lost love, longing, and regret.

("Illusion" from Savage Winter/Douglas J. Cuomo/Pittsburgh Opera/
Jonathan Moore, director/Eric Ferring, tenor)

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Douglas J. Cuomo
Savage Winter (2017)
for tenor (amplified), trumpet (amplified, with improvisatory sections),
piano (keyboards), electric guitar (with improvisatory sections),
and electronics
Text based on poetry by Wilhem Müller, freely adapted by Douglas J. Cuomo