In New York, Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic have announced that they will collaborate on a new opera initiative focused on modern repertoire new to the city.
Each of the first two operas selected to be produced will be receiving its first US stagings. The first, George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, will be produced at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, in August 2015. This presentation, a revival of Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed production which was premiered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2012, will take place at the David H. Koch Theater. It will be conducted by New York Philharmonic’s Music Director, Alan Gilbert, leading the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. The cast will include Barbara Hannigan, Christopher Purves, and Victoria Simmonds, who are reprising their roles from the Aix production, as well as Tim Mead and Robert Murray.
The second collaboration will be the American stage premiere of the Irish composer Gerald Barry’s opera The Importance of Being Earnest, based on the Oscar Wilde play. This production, which was premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, is directed by Ramin Gray and will be conducted by Ilan Volkov leading New York Philharmonic musicians. This New York production brings together most of the original Royal Opera House cast including Simon Wilding, Benedict Nelson, Paul Curievici, Stephanie Marshall, Alan Ewing, Hilary Summers and Ida Falk Winland. It will be presented in June 2016 jointly as part of the second NY PHIL BIENNIAL and Lincoln Center’s 50th season of Great Performers at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.