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Hive Mind: Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
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On the US debut of their theatrical installation Sun & Sea, an operatic beach scene exploring the relationship between people and our planet.

Hive Mind: Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
Three young women stand facing the camera on a staircase descending down to the right of the frame.

On the US debut of their theatrical installation Sun & Sea, an operatic beach scene exploring the relationship between people and our planet.

Collective Ownership: Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur Interviewed by Arya Roshanian
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The creators of American Modern Opera Company on reinventing classical arts during the pandemic.

Growth Potential: Lisa Harris Interviewed by IONE​
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On her new album with Nicole Mitchell, EarthSeed, inspired by Octavia Butler’s prescient series of Afrofuturist Parables.

Anthony Roth Costanzo by Justin Vivian Bond
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A look behind the scenes of Akhnaten, Philip Glass’s 1983 opera now playing at the Metropolitan Opera, in which the countertenor plays an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who defied gender conventions.

Changing the Dial: Robert Ashley’s Improvement (Don Leaves Linda) by Alec Mapes-Frances
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A newly reconstructed “opera for television.”

Hypnotic Mythologies: Kaija Saariaho Interviewed by Ivan Talijancic
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The US premiere of Only the Sound Remains lands at the White Light Festival.

Joseph Keckler by Olivia Laing
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Writer and vocalist Keckler performs impersonations of obscure larger-than-life personalities he meets. In her first novel, Laing impersonates Kathy Acker.

The Phenomenon of the Opera by Alexander Kluge
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Passion overwhelms comprehension. Comprehension kills passion.

Looking Back on 2017: Music
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Featuring selections by Jem Cohen, Keith Connolly, Britton Powell, Alan Courtis, Byron Westbrook, and more.

Alexander Chee by Nicholas Mancusi
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“Stakes for women artists of the time were stakes on a much different scale. You had to be a genius just for people to accept that you might be human.”

Max Richter by Tobias Carroll
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“Everyone comes together, then they just go to sleep. It’s an anti-rave.”

Anthony Braxton by Nate Wooley
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The iconoclastic composer discusses his newest opera, the differences between American and European music culture, and space aliens.

Matthew Barney and Gaspar Noé
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“My addiction has to do with performance, with creating a very real situation and then dealing with all the physical problems surrounding it.” —Matthew Barney

BOMB Specific: Dear David: An Exchange by David Geers & Peter Rostovsky
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Great to see you as always. A few questions came to me, typically after all was said and done. I thought I’d send them over while our very interesting conversation was still fresh in my mind.

Anfang Gut. Alles Gut. Actualization of the Futurist Opera Victory Over the Sun 1913 by Veronika Vogler
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One hundred years after its first and only enactment, Victory Over the Sun has re-emerged.

David Lang by Nico Muhly
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Muhly chats with fellow composer, and Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lang about his recent work, love fail, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from December 6 to December 8.

I am an Opera: A Deconstructionist’s Dream by Cassie Peterson
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Cassie Peterson discusses deconstructions of form in Joseph Keckler’s I am an opera.

Robert Ashley by Alex Waterman
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The composer and giant of contemporary music passed away on March 4, 2014. Here he reflects on the 2012 reinterpretation—in Spanish—of his epic opera of the ordinary, Perfect Lives.

A Night at the Opera by Nick Hallett
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The once-staid atmosphere of New York City Opera has lately received a dose of downtown experimentalism. Nick Hallett discusses what he sees as a welcome intrusion.

Michael Counts by John Zorn
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Uniting three works of opera that span over 100 years, Michael Counts curates, directs, and designs his vision Monodramas for the New York City Opera. He speaks with musician John Zorn about the scale and challenges of the stage.

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