Nico Muhly's First Opera makes its American premiere at the Metropolitan Opera. Alice Coote and Paul Appleby lead the cast which is conducted by David Robertson
Nico Muhly's opera was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera but premiered in London at the English National Opera in 2011. The opera tells the story of Anne Strawson, a whisky-drinking detective who is investigating the case of Brian, aged 16, accused of stabbing Jake, aged 13. In order to find the truth Strawson immerses herself in the world of chatrooms and internet role play, and then separate fact from fantasy in the story that Brian tells her. The opera received mixed reviews with the Guardian stating, "Musically it unfolds far too sedately." However the New York Times praised Muhly for his inventive musical score and using different types of instruments.
The new production by Bartlett Sher which will be brought from the ENO also received mixed reviews. The New York Times called the production "Faceless" and stated that it was the "weakest link in one of the opera’s crucial scenes" However the Washington Post stated that Sher "crafted a compelling and well-acted production, sharply contrasting drab reality with the seductive glow of the Internet."
Alice Coote brings her extraordinary voice to the role of Strawson. Coote made her Met debut in 2006 in the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and later went on to sing the "Giulio Cesare," and "Hansel und Gretel at the house. Her voice has been described as luxuriant and incredible. Critics have stated, "Her technique is secure and she delivers emotionally in every single moment on stage." As Strawson, Coote is sure to deliver one of the most extraordinary performances of the year and one that will most likely elevate the work.
The rest cast will include Appleby, Keith Miller, Judith Forst, Caitlin Lynch, Jennifer Zetlan and Christopher Boldoc.
Below Are Pictures and a Trailer for the Opera