Crossing
A.R.T. Season
May 29 - June 6, 2015
"A taut, teeming and inspired work"
The New York Times

“Ambitiously explores the encounter between music and poetry.”
—The New York Times Magazine

A NEW AMERICAN OPERA
W
ORLD PREMIERE
Music & libretto by Matthew Aucoin

With the chamber orchestra A Far Cry
Directed by Diane Paulus

Inspired by the diary Walt Whitman kept as a nurse during the Civil War, this world premiere opera by the extraordinary young composer Matthew Aucoin explores how the individual experiences of soldiers are remembered and told. As Whitman listens to wounded veterans share their memories and messages, he forges a bond with a soldier who forces him to examine his own role as writer and poet. This new opera, featuring the Boston-based orchestra A Far Cry, an ensemble at the forefront of a dynamic new generation in classical music is produced in association with Music-Theatre Group.

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Crossing Promo Video: 

Crossing promo v.2

Creative team
Music & Librettor Matthew Aucoin
Set Designer Tom Pye
Costume Designer David Zinn
Lighting Designer Jennifer Tipton
Projection Designer Finn Ross
Sound Consultant Aaron Mack
Associate Director Andrew Eggert
Rehearsal Pianist Adam Nielsen
Stage Manager Carolyn Rae Boyd
Conductor Matthew Aucoin
Choreographer Jill Johnson
Director Diane Paulus
Chamber Orchestra A Far Cry
Cast
Walt Whitman Rod Gilfry
John Wormley Alexander Lewis
Freddi Stowers Davone Tines
Ensemble William Goforth, Frank Kelley, Michael Kelly, David Kravitz, Matthew Patrick Morris, Miles Mykkanen, Daniel Neer, James Onstad, Edward Parks , Jorell Williams, Gregory Zavracky
Dancers Hiroki Ichinose, Jehbreal Jackson, Waldean Nelson, Jenna Polack
Additional staff
Assistant Director Allegra Libonati
Assistant Choreographer

Clifford Williams

Assistant Stage Manager Leeann Lisella
Dramaturgy Ryan McKittrick

Julia Bumke, Brenna Nicely

Music Preparation

Julia Bumke

Dialect Coach Dawn-Elin Fraser
Production Assistants

Chaterine Agis, Nina Goodheart, Lily Haje

Assistant Conductor

Benjamin Vickers

Contractor, A Far Cry Jason Fisher
Supertitle Preparation

Brenna Nicely

Projection Programmer

Matt Houstle

Follow Spot

John Borecki, RJ Lamura

Light Board Operator

Kevin Barnett

Props Craftsperson

Lisa Guild

Costume Crafts

Jen Bennett, Tyler Kinney, Chelsea Kerl

Producing Director, Music-Theatre Group

Diane Wondisford

COVERS

EDWARD PARKS Walt Whitman, MILES MYKKANEN John Wormley, IAN POMERANTZ Edward Parks, SHARIN APOSTOLOU Messenger

 

A FAR CRY

1st Violin -- Mika-Sophia Cloud (Concertmaster), Annie Rabbat, Charles Dimmick

2nd Violin -- Liesl Doty, Megumi Stohs Lewis, Andrew Eng

Viola -- Jason Fisher, Sarah Darling, Amelia Hollander-Ames

Cello -- Michael Unterman, Jacque Lee Wood

Doublebass -- Karl Doty, Erik Higgins

Flute -- Rachel Braude, Vanessa Holroyd

Oboe -- Miri Kudo

Clarinet -- Rane Moore

Bassoon -- David Richmond

French Horn -- Hazel Dean Davis, Clark Mattews

Trumpet -- Paul Perfetti

Trombone -- Gabe Langfur

Percussion -- Nicholas Tolle, Robert Schulz, George Nickson

Piano -- Adam Nielsen

 

SPECIAL THANKS

Brian Zeger; The Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at the Julliard School; The John Duffy Composers Institute at the Virginia Arts Festival; Virgina Symphony Orchestra; Phillip Bauman, M.D.; Isaac Gerwitz, Curator of the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Poetry; Phillip Rothman; Stephen Zinner, M.D.; Russell Nauta, M.D.; Deborah Weisgall

Mr. Aucoin, rather like Janacek in his operas, writes music that activates the text. In whole stretches, the orchestra almost hugs each word with some piercing harmony, or doubles a vocal line with instruments. More

Aucoin’s music, especially in his solo vocal writing, can be highly emotional and chromatic, often built on series of thirds or fourths, rather than stepwise or tonal melodies. More

The piece is richly detailed, psychologically nuanced and philosophically provocative. More

The composer, conductor, poet, pianist and critic may be the most promising operatic talent in a generation. But can he handle the spotlight? More

Composer. Poet. Conductor. There doesn’t seem to be much that Medfield’s Matthew Aucoin can’t do. More

Composer-librettist Matthew Aucoin reflects on the Whitmanesque journey behind Crossing. More

A Far Cry plays con spirito—and without a baton.

As a composer, Mr. Aucoin twists familiar harmonies and sounds with elements of jazz and other complex rhythms. His opera librettos feature allusions to mythology, religion and history woven around the passions of larger-than-life characters. More

Since graduating from Harvard last year, Aucoin has been in constant motion, performing and conducting in Italy, working at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, writing a new opera for the American Repertory Theater, and serving as the composer in residence at the Peabody Essex Museum. Soon he’ll begin a two-year fellowship with the Chicago Symphony. During a rare break, Aucoin spoke with the Gazette about his life after Harvard. More

Matthew Aucoin has been recently commissioned to write an opera for The National Civil War Project. More

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The American Repertory Theater in association with Music-Theatre Group announces the cast of the world premiere opera CROSSING with music and libretto by Matthew Aucoin.
Inspired by the diary Walt Whitman kept as a nurse during the Civil War, this world premiere opera by the prolific young composer Matthew Aucoin explores how the individual experiences of soldiers are remembered and told.

 

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Run time

1 hour and forty minutes with no intermission.

Venue

265 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116

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Need to know

This production will be in English with supertitles. 

Age Appropriateness

Ages 12 and up/6th Grade and up
Young theatergoers without prior experience with opera may benefit from some preparation on what to expect at an opera performance. Strong images of war and its aftermath may be disturbing to young children.

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"Crossing: A Lecture/Recital," A recital and discussion with Matthew Aucoin (Harvard '12) about Crossing, his new opera inspired by the journals and poetry of Walt Whitman, premiering this May at the American Repertory Theater. Aucoin will address the concept of "crossing" as both transcendence and transgression, in relationship to poetry, music, and history. He will be joined by Davone Tines (Harvard '09), one of the performers in Crossing. Presented by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. (Thursday, Mar. 12, 6:00PM, Paine Hall, Music Building, 1 Oxford Street). Click here to watch a video of the event. 

Performance sponsors:

 

Bank of America

 

The A.R.T. is proud to be a part of the Blue Star Theatres network. US military personnel, military veterans and their families can receive up to four (4) tickets to Crossing at $5 off regular ticket price.

 

 

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