Nico Muhly’s Two Boys has its US premiere at the Met

Nico Muhly’s Two Boys has its US premiere at the Met

A hauntingly beautiful and dramatically chilling work, Two Boys, marked the "auspicious operatic debut" (London Independent) of composer Nico Muhly when the piece premiered at English National Opera in 2011. This fall, the Met gives the much anticipated US premiere in dates running from October 21st through November 14th.

The opera explores the shadowy world of the Internet as Detective Inspector Anne Strawson investigates the stabbing of one teenage boy by another. Strawson uncovers a bizarre nexus of chatroom meetings, false identities, fictitious spy rings and raunchy cyber sex, leading to just one conclusion: it wasn't so much murder as suicide by internet. Loosely inspired by real events occurring in the north of England, director Bartlett Sher's production includes striking video projections by 59 Productions (Satyagraha, The Enchanted Island), while Muhly's score---featuring lyrical vocal writing and "shimmeringly ecstatic choruses" (London Telegraph) --- "finds an exciting new musical language" (Wall Street Journal) to capture the mysterious realm of cyberspace. Approximate running time is 2 hrs. 10 min.

"A landmark in the career of an important artist...a work of dark beauty" (The New York Times)

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For tickets, visit The Metropolitan Opera website.

Two Boys is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera and English National Opera. Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. Originally commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera/Lincoln Center Theater Opera/Music Theater Commissions Program, with support from the Francis Goelet Trusts and the Ford Foundation.

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