Matthew Aucoin

Steven Laxton

Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin is a composer and conductor. His newest work, Music for New Bodies, based on the poetry of Jorie Graham, premiered in Houston in April. He is working on an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Demons, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. (May 2024)


Perpetual Expectation

Perpetual Expectation

The Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s operas have a pervasive aura of waiting for something just out of sight, shrouded in veil upon veil.

L’Amour de loin

an opera with music by Kaija Saariaho and a libretto by Amin Maalouf; directed by Peter Sellars at the Finnish National Opera, Helsinki


an opera with music by Kaija Saariaho and a Finnish libretto by Sofi Oksanen, with multilingual contributions by Aleksi Barrière; directed by Simon Stone at the Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam

May 23, 2024 issue

A Dance to the Music of Death

A Dance to the Music of Death

Thomas Adès turns fleetingly recognizable musical elements into unstable, volatile substances tending toward evanescence and escape.

The Exterminating Angel

an opera by Thomas Adès, with a libretto by Tom Cairns in collaboration with the composer; performed by Amanda Echalaz, Audrey Luna, Alice Coote, Joseph Kaiser, Rod Gilfry, Christine Rice, Iestyn Davies, and others; the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Thomas Adès

Adès Conducts Adès: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and Totentanz

performed by Kirill Gerstein, Mark Stone, Christianne Stotijn, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

May 13, 2021 issue

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