Composer's Notes: HADRIAN's Rufus WainwrightBy COC StaffPosted inHadrian composer Rufus Wainwright[READ MORE]
In this issue of NOTES, we dive inside the mind of Hadrian composer Rufus Wainwright, ahead of the opera's world premiere on October 13.
HADRIAN Synopsis and Librettist's NotesBy Daniel MacIvorPosted in 18/19
Thomas Hampson (Hadrian) and Isaiah Bell (Antinous) rehearsing a scene from Hadrian.
Spoiler Alert: This synopsis reveals key plot elements.
The last night of Hadrian’s life. In Tibur, outside Rome.
Hadrian is gravely ill and grieving the death of his lover Antinous. After a year of preparations, Antinous’ body is to be entombed. Hadrian’s entourage feels Hadrian will die tonight, from either sickness or sadness.[READ MORE]
Director's Notes: EUGENE ONEGIN's Robert CarsenBy COC StaffPosted in 18/19
Tchaikovsky’s opera Eugene Onegin, based on Pushkin’s verse novel of the same title, has come to represent Russian character and emotion at its most intense. When Michael Levine and I developed on our production for the Metropolitan Opera, we sought to find a poetic response to this most intensely subjective and emotive of operas.[READ MORE]