A new series co-produced by National Sawdust and The Metropolitan Opera that Navigates Questions of What Qualifies as Opera and Who Opera Is For Through Explorations of Modern Works
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Opera Evolved focuses on the contemporary operas scheduled for the Met’s upcoming season and explores the ways opera is evolving today. The programs bring the composers and artists conceptualizing these new productions into public dialogue, illuminating how opera is shaping its future in real-time by bringing recent works into repertoire and canon, and include performances by Met luminaries. They reveal the inner-workings of these monumental collaborations, and how they’re rethinking works for The Met’s stage and scale—and the particularities of an era at the brink of countless tipping points.
Opera Evolved kicks off on October 24 with a program that explores The Met’s upcoming productions of Anthony Davis’ X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X (which will be staged by Robert O’Hara, the Tony-nominated director of Slave Play, making his Met debut with the new production) and Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas (staged by Tony-winning director Mary Zimmerman). Both operas make their debut with the company this season. Will Liverman and Ailyn Pérez, stars of X and Florencia, respectively, will perform works from the operas, and composer Anthony Davis and Andrea Puente, Catán’s widow and legacy caregiver, will participate in the discussion, hosted by NationalSawdust+ curator Elena Park. The event is a rare opportunity to hear a living composer and artistic advisor discuss the experience of revisiting works in new productions and contexts.