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Douglas J. Cuomo’s Savage Winter in Houston

Oct. 01, 2018

Douglas J. Cuomo’s <em>Savage Winter</em> in Houston

Houston's Aperio, Music of the Americas presents the southwestern premiere of Douglas J. Cuomo’s Savage Winter on October 19. Originally produced by American Opera Projects and Pittsburgh Opera, Savage Winter is a monodrama for tenor, three instrumentalists and electronics, with text that was freely adapted by the composer from Wilhelm Müller's Winterreise cycle of poems. It is an intensely modern work, infused with acid jazz and a punk energy depicting a landscape of lost love, longing and regret. Acclaimed tenor Tony Boutté sings the role of the protagonist accompanied by pianist Alan Johnson, trumpeter Frank London, and the composer on electric guitar.

Savage Winter has its New York debut on November 7 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in a production directed by Jonathan Moore as part of the 2018 Next Wave Festival, with additional performances on November 8-10.

("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