Stewart Copeland - World Premieres in 2016

Stewart Copeland - World Premieres in 2016
Stewart Copeland
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2016 will be be a significant year for composer and percussionist Stewart Copeland in both the orchestral and operatic worlds.

The American Modern Ensemble premieres Copeland’s new version of his 1993 opera, The Cask of Amontillado, based on the story by Edgar Allen Poe. Performances of this larger orchestration — created by Copeland for AME — take place January 16-19 at Dixon Place in New York City.

Also in New York, excerpts from Copeland’s next opera, The Invention of Morel, are featured in the orchestral New Opera Showcase at Trinity Church on January 18 as part of Opera America’s New Works Forum. The opera, based on the novel by Adolfo Bioy Casares, is a co-commission by Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera. Its world premiere will be in the spring of 2017. La invención de Morel has been called "a perfect novel" which "combines a fiendish mystery story worthy of Edgar Allan Poe with an achingly romantic love story" and whose fans include the likes of Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez.

The Pittsburgh Symphony commissioned Copeland’s newest concert work, Tyrant's Crush: Concerto for Trapset and Orchestra. Its world premiere performances on February 19-21 in Pittsburgh are Copeland's debut with the orchestra as both composer and soloist.

Looking further ahead, Copeland once again appears as soloist in his live score to the 1925 silent film Ben Hur as it races on with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg in June.

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