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Two Boys // Cast & Creative
Nico Muhly (COMPOSER): He has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists, and organizations, including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, countertenor Iestyn Davies, soprano Jessica Rivera, violinist Hilary Hahn, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, designer/illustrator Maira Kalman, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, and most recently, original music for the current Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie and for the upcoming film Kill Your Darlings. Among Muhly’s most frequent collaborators are his colleagues at Bedroom Community, an artist-run label headed by Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson. Bedroom Community was inaugurated in 2007 with the release of Muhly’s first album, Speaks Volumes. In spring 2012, Bedroom Community released Muhly’s three-part Drones & Music, in collaboration with pianist Bruce Brubaker, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and violist Nadia Sirota. Born in Vermont in 1981 and raised in Providence, Muhly graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English literature. In 2004, he received a Masters in Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano.
Craig Lucas (LIBRETTIST): He is the author of the plays Missing Persons, Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss, God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, The Singing Forest, Prayer for My Enemy, The Lying Lesson and Ode To Joy. Screenplays include Blue Window, Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, and The Secret Lives of Dentists. His directorial work includes the movies The Dying Gaul and Birds of America and the world premiere of The Light in the Piazza (for which he also wrote the book). Lucas has been nominated for two Tony Awards, been a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, and is the recipient of three Obie Awards and the Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
David Robertson (CONDUCTOR): Previous MET appearances: Le Nozze di Figaro, Billy Budd, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Carmen, and The Makropulos Case (debut, 1996). With over 50 operas in his repertoire he has appeared at many of the world’s leading opera houses, including La Scala, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Paris’s Châtelet, Hamburg State Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Lyon Opera, and San Francisco Opera. He is currently Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Previous posts include Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon and Music Director of Paris’s Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Bartlett Sher (DIRECTOR): Previous MET productions: Le Comte Ory, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (debut, 2006). He received the 2008 Tony Award for South Pacific, a 2009 Tony nomination for Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, 2006 Tony nomination for Awake and Sing!, and 2005 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations for The Light in the Piazza, all for Lincoln Center Theater, where he is resident director and recently staged Golden Boy. He was artistic director of Seattle’s Intiman Theatre from 2000 to 2010, directed the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys for English National Opera in 2011, and his staging of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline for New York’s Lucille Lortel Theatre was also seen at Stratford, England. He made his operatic debut in 2003 with Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra in a joint production between the Seattle Opera and New York City Opera.
Michael Yeargan (SET DESIGNER): Previous MET productions: Set designer for Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Otello, Don Giovanni, Otello, The Barber of Seville, Le Comte Ory, and the world premiere of Harbison’s The Great Gatsby; set and costume designer for Ariadne auf Naxos (debut, 1993) and Susannah. World premieres include Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire for San Francisco Opera, Central Park, a triptych of one-acts, for Glimmerglass Opera and New York City Opera, Floyd’s Cold Sassy Tree for Houston Grand Opera, and Heggie’s Dead Man Walking for San Francisco Opera. Theater credits include Golden Boy, The Light in the Piazza (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), South Pacific (Tony and Drama Desk Awards), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Awake and Sing!, and Seascape with Lincoln Center Theater, and Rudnick’s Regrets Only for Manhattan Theatre Club. He has also designed sets for Wagner’s Ring Cycle for Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera.
Catherine Zuber (COSTUME DESIGNER): Previous MET productions: Le Comte Ory, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (debut, 2006), Doctor Atomic, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and the 125th Anniversary Gala. Broadway work includes Golden Boy, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, Born Yesterday, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, South Pacific (Tony Award), The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), The Light in the Piazza (Tony Award), Seascape, Awake and Sing! (Tony Award), Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Royal Family (Tony Award), Doubt, and Dinner at Eight, among many others. Work in opera includes Carmen and Two Boys for English National Opera, Roméo et Juliette for the Salzburg Festival and La Scala, and La Forza del Destino and Wagner’s Ring Cycle for Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera.
Donald Holder (LIGHTING DESIGNER): Previous MET productions:Die Zauberflöte (debut, 2004). Work in opera includes Elliot Goldenthal’s Grendel for Los Angeles Opera and Lincoln Center Festival, Muhly’s Dark Sisters for the Philadelphia Opera Company, the world premiere of Two Boys for English National Opera, Heggie’s Moby Dick for Dallas Opera, and Salome for the Mariinsky Theatre. Broadway credits include, South Pacific (2008 Tony Award), The Lion King (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Golden Boy, Ragtime, Movin’ Out, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Gem of the Ocean, A Streetcar Named Desire, Juan Darien, Spider-man Turn Off The Dark, Annie, Promises, Promises, Come Fly Away, Cyrano de Bergerac, and The Boy from Oz. Recent television: "Smash" (Seasons 1 and 2).
59 Productions (ANIMATIONS AND PROJECT DESIGN): Leo Warner, Mark Grimmer, Peter Stenhouse (London / New York) Previous MET Productions: Satyagraha (debut, 2008), Doctor Atomic, and the 125th Anniversary Gala. Specializing in the design and integration of film and projection technology into live performance and artistic environments, the work of 59 Productions includes: Big Fish (Broadway), Eugene Onegin (Royal Opera House), David Bowie Is (Victoria & Albert Museum), The Perfect American (English National Opera and Madrid’s Teatro Real), the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony in London, War Horse and Waves (Lincoln Center Theater and National Theatre), Dark Sisters (joint production with Gotham Chamber Opera, Music Theatre Group, andOpera Company of Philadelphia), and Two Boys, Satyagraha, Idomeneo, The Pearl Fishers, Messiah, Doctor Atomic, Dr Dee, and After Dido (English National Opera). They have also created work for Invitus Invitam, The Seven Deadly Sins, and The Goldberg Project (Royal Ballet), Five Truths (Victoria & Albert Museum/59), Fräulein Julie (Berlin’s Schaubühne), a world tour of Les Misérables, Al Gran Sole Carico d’Amore (Salzburg Festival), Wunschkonzert (Schauspiel Cologne), and The Minotaur and Salome (Covent Garden).
Hofesh Schecter (CHOREOGRAPHER): After graduating from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music he joined Tel Aviv’s Batsheva Dance Company. He made his choreographic debut in 2003 with Fragments for Finland’s Kuopio Dance Festival, and the following year was a finalist in London’s The Place Prize with the sextet Cult. He was later commissioned by the Robin Howard Foundation to create Uprising, and the three works formed his first full-evening work, the triple-bill deGENERATION. In 2007 he was commissioned by The Place, Southbank Centre, and Sadler’s Wells to create In Your Rooms, which was presented at all three venues. In 2008 he formed Hofesh Shechter Company, which has toured throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, and most recently in South America and the Middle East. He has worked in theatre, television, and opera and his works have been taken into the repertories of companies including Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), Carte Blanche Dance Company (Norway), Bern Ballet (Switzerland), and Scottish Dance Theatre and CandoCo (UK).
Alice Coote (MEZZO-SOPRANO): Previous Met Appearances: Sesto in Giulio Cesare, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro (debut, 2006). The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos in Munich and Chicago; Idamante in Idomeneo, Ruggiero in Alcina and Charlotte in Werther with the San Francisco Opera; Leonore in La Favorite in Paris; Sesto in Frankfurt and with English National Opera; Nerone in L'Incoronazione di Poppea and Hansel at the Glyndebourne Festival; Poppea in L'Incoronazione di Poppea and the title roles of Orfeo, Ariodante, and Carmen at English National Opera; Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust in Frankfurt, Dejanira in Chicago; Octavian in Geneva, Los Angeles, and Seattle; and Prince Charming and the title role of Handel's Orlando at Covent Garden. A prolific recitalist, concert, and recording artist, her upcoming projects include a Handel arias disc to be released in 2014.
Sandra Piques Eddy (MEZZO-SEPRANO): Previous MET appearances: Rosette in Manon, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Mercédès in Carmen, Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri, Olga in The Merry Widow, Naked Virgin in Moses und Aron, Flower Maiden in Parsifal, Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, Dragonfly in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, and a Servant in Die Frau ohne Schatten (debut, 2001). Recent performances include Dorabella with Boston Lyric Opera, Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri with Atlanta Opera, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Portland Opera. She has also sung Rosina with Vancouver Opera, Idamante in Idomeneo with Florentine Opera, and Carmen with Opera North and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Judith Forst (MEZZO-SOPRANO): Previous MET appearances: More than 225 performances of 27 roles including Kostelnička in Jenůfa, Kabanicha in Kátya Kabanová, Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Tebaldo in Don Carlo, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Siébel in Faust, Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and the Page in Rigoletto (debut, 1968). Recent appearances include the Old Prioress in Dialogues des Carmélites with the Canadian Opera Company, Herodias in Salome in Montreal, and Mrs. Grose in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and the Countess in The Queen of Spades in Houston. She made her La Scala debut as Kabanicha in 2006, and has also sung the Old Prioress with the Netherlands Opera, Kostelnička with the Canadian Opera Company, Herodias with Chicago Lyric Opera, Preziosilla in La Forza del Destino in Munich and San Francisco, Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Paris and Miami, and appeared in the world premieres of Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons and Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire with the San Francisco Opera.
Caitlyn Lynch (SOPRANO): Previous MET appearances: Biancofiore in Francesca da Rimini (debut, 2013).Recent performances include her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, her Madison Opera debut as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Eliza in the world premiere of Muhly’s Dark Sisters at New York’s Gotham Chamber Opera and in subsequent performances with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She has also sung Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Glimmerglass Opera, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Michigan Opera, and Opera Lyra Ottowa, Micaëla in Carmen at the Seattle Opera, the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte at the Dallas Opera, Alice Ford in Falstaff with Opera Cleveland, Donna Anna with Michigan Opera Theatre, Musetta in La Bohème at the Nashville Opera, Mrs. Gobineau in Menotti’s The Medium at the Spoleto Festival USA, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at Opera Carolina, Arizona Opera, and Palm Beach Opera.
Jennifer Zetlan (SOPRANO): Previous MET appearances: Xenia in Boris Godunov, Bridesmaid in Le Nozze di Figaro, Bloody Child in Macbeth, and French Actress in War and Peace (debut, 2007).She has recently sung Musetta in La Bohème, Woglinde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, and the Forest Bird in Siegfried with Seattle Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Nashville Opera, and Zina in the world premiere of Muhly’s Dark Sisters with New York’s Gotham Chamber Opera and in subsequent performances with the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She has also sung Sardula in Menotti’s The Last Savage for her debut with the Santa Fe Opera and the Flier in the world premiere of Daron Hagen’s Amelia with Seattle Opera.
Paul Appleby (TENOR): Previous MET appearances: Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Hylas in Les Troyens, Demetrius in The Enchanted Island, and Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos (debut, 2011). Recent performances include Fritz in Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein for his debut with the Santa Fe Opera, Ferrando for his debut with Boston Lyric Opera, and his European debut in Frankfurt as Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress. He has also sung Jeník in The Bartered Bride in a joint production of the Juilliard School and the Met, Agenore in Il Re Pastore with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Lysander in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Gomatz in Zaïde with Wolf Trap Opera, and Gomatz in concert at Carnegie Hall with Ensemble ACJW. He is a graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program
Christopher Bolduc (BARITONE): He has recently sung Ramiro in L’Heure Espagnole for Glyndebourne Opera, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte and Marco in Gianni Schicchi in Cologne, and the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro for Basel Opera. He was a member of the Young Artist Program at the Basel Opera and is a recent graduate of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts where he has sung Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the title role of Eugene Onegin, Lescaut in Manon, Olivier in Capriccio, and Guglielmo.
Keither Miller (BASS-BARITONE): Previous MET appearances: Over 200 performances of 24 roles including the King in Aida, Zuniga in Carmen, Astarotte in Armida, Rochefort in Anna Bolena, Monterone and Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, Bonze and the Commissioner (debut, 2006) in Madama Butterfly, Wagner in Faust, Murderer in Macbeth, Madman and German General in War and Peace, Captain in Manon Lescaut, and Jago in Ernani. He has sung Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at the Seattle Opera and Nashville Opera, Riolobo in Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas at Opera Colorado, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at Florida Grand Opera, Bonze at Washington National Opera, Ramfis in Aida at Portland Opera, and Leporello in Don Giovanni and Sparafucile in Rigoletto with the Crested Butte Music Festival, where he is currently Director of Opera and the Opera Young Artists Program.
Two Boys // Events & Press
October 30, 2013
Press:The Atlantic: Finally, an Art Form That Gets the Internet
True to operatic tradition, Nico Muhly's Two Boys has murder, cross-dressing, and an angry mob of commenters.read more »
October 29, 2013
Press:Time Out: See This Show - Two Boys at the Met
Nico Muhly and Craig Lucas's noirish tale of online seduction and murder thrusts the Met into the Internet age. The recent opening of Two Boys is a cause for celebration.read more »
October 17, 2013
Features:New York Times: 'Two Boys' and One Composer
After six years of development and two years of strategic adjustments aimed at reworking the version performed in London, the stakes could hardly be higher for the Met. "Two Boys" is the first opera to be produced through the recently renamed Met/LCT New Works Program, which commissions operas under the shared auspices of the Met and Lincoln Center Theater.read more »
October 16, 2013
Features:Bloomberg: Interview with Nico Muhly
Zinta Lundborg spoke with Nico Muhly during rehearsals for Two Boys. “This is a very old story of people searching to be loved,” says Nico Muhly. Click below to read the full interview.read more »
October 16, 2013
Features:Buzzfeed: Nico Muhly Always Reads The Comments
The star composer discusses how the internet mirrors Greek mythology, his great love of catfishing stories and polygamist blogs, and his new opera, Two Boys, which will bring the ‘net to the Met on Oct. 21.read more »
September 26, 2013
Features:The Masked Ball
Nico Muhly's Two Boys conjures the early days of the internet to explore identity, disguise, and personal connections. Learn more about this new opera.read more »
September 26, 2013
Features:Q&A with Nico Muhly
Check out this interview with Two Boys composer Nico Muhly and learn more about his inspiration for the opera.read more »
September 24, 2013
Features:Laurie Simmons's Two Boys Opens September 24 at Gallery Met
The Arnold & Marie Schwartz Gallery Met has opened Laurie Simmons's Two Boys. Simmons has created 4 original photographs for the show, which will be on display in Gallery Met through January 15, 2014read more »