The Los Angeles Philharmonic has become so commission-friendly that the orchestra is starting to get the occasional snide quip from traditionalists. All those new pieces are supposedly just a way of detracting attention away from not being able to play the classics with a European authority. That...
These are the novelties in 2018/19, announced today: 1 Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila, directed by Darko Tresnjak, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, starring Roberto Alagna and El?na Garan?a. 2 The US premiere of Nico Muhly’s Marnie, which did not go down well in London. Show More Summary
“Glass Etude” on YouTube demi-cadratin review of Brubaker solo concert at La Roque d’Anthéron “Classical music dead? Nico Muhly proves it isn’t” — The Telegraph‘s Lucy Jones on my Drones & Piano EP Bachtrack review of Brubaker all-Glass concert “Brubaker recital proves eclectic, hypnotic, and timeless” — Harlow Robinson’s Boston Globe review of my Jordan […]
Nico Muhly's third opera, Marnie, can be heard on BBC 3. It arrives at the Met next season.
Sasha Cooke as MarniePhoto: Richard Hubert Smith/ENO I finally got to see Marnie, Nico Muhly's latest opera, at ENO. Here's my review, for the Critics' Circle website - a second opinion for them, but it seems that I and the other critic were among the few who liked it. Show More Summary
Nico Muhly has set himself the task of presenting Winston Graham’s elusive heroine Marnie on the operatic stage.
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Unlike most of my colleagues, I liked, and was even a little moved by the world première of Nico Muhly’s Marnie by the English National Opera (it goes to the NY Metropolitan next year). I particularly relished Nicholas Wright’s libretto (despite about fifteen minutes-worth of repetition, which could be cut to the piece’s benefit). The […]
The opera, based on a 1961 novel and Hitchcock’s 1964 film about a traumatized woman who compulsively changes her identity, comes to the Met next season.
Nico Muhly: Marnie - The hunt scene - English National Opera (Photo Richard Hubert Smith) Nico Muhly Marnie; Sasha Cooke, Daniel Okulitch, James Laing, Lesley Garrett, dir: Michael Mayer, cond: Martyn Brabbins; English National Opera...Show More Summary
ENO’s forthcoming world premiere, Marnie, is by an American composer, Nico Muhly. Its title role is sung by an American, Sasha Cooke. The director, Michael Mayer, is American. As is the set and projections designer, Julian Crouch. And the costume designer, Arianne Phillips. And the lighting designer, Kevin Adams. In short, the entire production team […]
In this essay the composer talks about why he and librettist Nicholas Wright worked from Winston Graham's novel rather than the Hitchcock film, how he set a psychiatrist's session and a fox hunt for the stage, and how to deploy English National Opera's chorus. (Favorite line, about "the Marnettes": "The effect should be as if […]
The BBC is facing a wave of complaints about its new costume drama Howard’s End, with viewers saying the dialogue is made inaudible by a high level of background music. The series has been scored by Nico Muhly, whose opera Marnie opens this week in London. Sample complaints: Given up on #HowardsEnd – couldn’t […]
This is so beautiful! And haunting! Sufjan Stevens has teamed up with world-renown composers Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister's for a new joint project, an album inspired by the universe. Alt rock meets contemporary music with some baroque touches all join together for a compelling listen! Mercury, in particular, is dark and dreamy and a must [...]
Listen to pieces written by Nico Muhly, David Lang and more for the Psalms Experience, which runs through Nov. 11 at Lincoln Center.
Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister brought their collaborative project 'Planetarium' to BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, along with a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Continue reading…
"A range of Met-ophiles - artists and archaeologists, chefs and curators, designers and D.J.s, playwrights and performers - offer their own ideas and expectations for how a new director can rethink the world's greatest museum for a new century. Some of these suggestions are bold, others more whimsical, but all of them come from people […]
Last month, Sufjan Stevens got together with fellow orchestral-impressionist types Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister to release Planetarium, a concept album about the solar system. And last night on Stephen Colbert's Late Show, the four of them, along with various string and horn players, assembled to perform the lilting, cinematic single "Mercury." It's…
With Planetarium collaborators Nico Muhly and James McAlister
At a recent show in Paris in support of his new album Planetarium, Sufjan Stevens, along with Nico Muhly and The National’s Bryce Dessner, covered David Bowie’s enduring classic “Space Oddity”. Watch below:While on the subject of covers, Haim recently stopped by BBC Radio 1 and covered Selena... Continue reading