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Matthew Aucoin

Composer, Conductor, Pianist
Artist-in-Residence, Los Angeles Opera
Co-Artistic Director, AMOC (American Modern Opera Company)
MacArthur Fellow, 2018

Matthew Aucoin conducts world premiere of Joby Talbot's Vampyr at Los Angeles Opera

13 October 2018

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Matthew Aucoin conducts the world premiere of Joby Talbot Vampyr at LA Opera on 27 and 31 October 2018. Talbot's new score has been specially commissioned for performance with Carl Dreyer's classic 1932 film Vampyr, which has come to be regarded as an important landmark of the horror genre.

The performances form part of Aucoin’s residency at LA Opera, which next season sees the world premiere of his third opera Eurydice.

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Matthew Aucoin receives MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

04 October 2018

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Matthew Aucoin has been awarded a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship. The prestigious fellowships are awarded to individuals, in any field, who have shown "extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction" and are citizens or residents of the United States.

The 25 recipients of the 2018 award also include poet Natalie Diaz, human rights lawyer Becca Heller and filmmaker Wu Tsang among others. The award is a recognition of Aucoin’s achievements to date, and an investment in a person's originality, insight, and potential. Last week is was announced that Aucoin’s next opera Eurydice will be co-commissioned by The Metropolitan Opera for East Coast premiere in the 2021/22 season.

Click here to find out more about the award.

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Brett Dean's Hamlet & Matthew Aucoin's Eurydice coming to the MET

01 October 2018

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Brett Dean's Hamlet and Matthew Aucoin's new opera Eurydice are both coming to the stage of New York's Metropolitan Opera, it has been announced. In an interview with the New York Times, the Met's new Music Director Yannick Nézet Séguin revealed that Hamlet and Eurydice will run in the 2021/22 season.

Hamlet received its world premiere at Glyndebourne in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, with the production heralded as "heart-wrenchingly beautiful", "reverent but mischievous" and "an ingenious deconstruction of Shakespeare". At the Met it will be conducted by Nicholas Carter.

Aucoin's Eurydice is a Met commission and will be conducted by Nézet Séguin. The opera is adapted from Sarah Ruhl's 2003 play of the same name, which retells the story of Orpheus from his wife Eurydice's perspective. Ruhl herself supplies the libretto.

Click here to read the interview in the New York Times.

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Matthew Aucoin makes Santa Fe Opera debut conducting Doctor Atomic

30 June 2018

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Matthew Aucoin makes his conducting debut at Santa Fe Opera on 14 July 2018, conducting John Adams Doctor Atomic in a new production staged by the opera’s librettist Peter Sellars.

Doctor Atomic focuses on the lead up to the detonation of first atomic bomb in the summer of 1945, and the text is a mosaic drawn from declassified government documents, participant letters and interviews, poetry by Baudelaire and Muriel Rukeyser, John Donne’s Holy Sonnets, the Hindu Bhagavad Gītā, and a hauntingly prophetic Native American song.

Aucoin comes to Santa Fe Opera directly from his recent successes at LA Opera, where he conducted Rigoletto and the west coast premiere of his second opera Crossing as Artist in Residence:

"Aucoin, in the pit, leads Rigoletto on electrifying ride"
Classical Voice America

"The score is contemporary and muscular, with a prominent use of percussion including piano, xylophone and marimba, yet lyrical and expressive too... It did not take long to become immersed in the composer’s sound world."
Broadway World

There are subsequent performances of Doctor Atomic at Santa Fe Opera on 18 and 27 July, and 2, 7 and 16 August.

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Matthew Aucoin's Evidence receives East Coast premiere at the Caramoor Festival

16 June 2018

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Matthew Aucoin’s Evidence receives its East Coast premiere this month, as Ludovic Morlot conducts the Orchestra of St Luke’s at Caramoor Festival on 30 June 2018. Evidence was premiered by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2016 to critical acclaim:

“Aucoin conducted with a show of intent certainty… the color and character of 'Evidence' give evidence of a remarkable compose…”
LA Times

Fellow Intermusica artist Benjamin Beilman also joins the concert to perform Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and the programme is completed by Smetana Dance of the Comedians and Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture.

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Matthew Aucoin conducts Rigoletto and Crossing as LA Opera Artist in Residence

30 May 2018

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Matthew Aucoin returns to Los Angeles Opera in his second season as Artist in Residence to conduct Verdi Rigoletto and the West coast premiere of his second opera Crossing.

Rigoletto is directed by Mark Lamos and, amongst others, stars Juan Jésus Rodríguez, Lisette Oropesa and Craig Colcough.

The production opened on 12 May to critical acclaim:

“Aucoin, in the pit, leads Rigoletto on electrifying ride”
Classical Voice America

Aucoin also conducted the West coast premiere of his Crossing on 25 and 26 May at Bram Goldsmith Theater:

“"Crossing" is a sad and powerful almost traditional operatic love story. On a deeper level, and the level in which it functions most effectively, it is a sad and powerful anti-war statement.”
LA Times

Rigoletto runs for five performances on 12, 19, 27 and 31 May, and 3 June.

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Chanticleer tours Matthew Aucoin's Treating Shadows as Solid Things in California

26 May 2018

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Matthew Aucoin's new choral work Treating Shadows as Solid Things receives its world premiere on 9 June 2018 from acclaimed chamber choir Chanticleer. The performance at St. Isidore's Church, Danville, is followed by a five-concert tour of the Bay Area in the following week.

Treating Shadows as Solid Things is a three movement work for chorus, based on texts by renowned Italian poet Dante. Chanticleer next present the East Coast premiere at Caramoor Festival on 26 July.

Treating Shadows as Solid Things was commissioned for Chanticleer by Sarah Billinghurst Solomon.

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Matthew Aucoin signs with Intermusica

08 May 2018

Intermusica is delighted to announce the signing of composer, conductor and pianist Matthew Aucoin.

Matthew Aucoin is an exciting new talent quickly establishing himself as one of the leading new voices in the operatic and musical world.

Aucoin has been hailed as “the most promising operatic talent in a generation” by the New York Times, and is Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Opera. The position was created specially for Aucoin, fusing his work as composer and conductor, and plans include a new opera for premiere in a future season. Aucoin has worked as composer and conductor with the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Salzburg Landestheater and Music Academy of the West and is co-founder and Artistic Director of AMOC (American Modern Opera Company).

“...prodigiously talented… The orchestral writing is intensely rich, thick, and sometimes relentlessly full of ideas.”
Financial Times

“Opera’s Great 25-Year-Old Hope… his promise as a composer, conductor, pianist, poet and critic extends well beyond opera or any other single form.”
New York Times

His works are performed internationally and recent premieres include Evidence, commissioned by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Soft Power for the Brentano Quartet. He is currently at work on a new opera for the Metropolitan Opera / Lincoln Center Theater’s New Works programme.

Born in Boston, Aucoin is an English literature graduate of Harvard University and an accomplished writer. While studying composition at the Juilliard School he was appointed the youngest Assistant Conductor in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, and from 2013 to 2015 he was the Solti Conducting Apprentice at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, making his CSO debut in 2014 as substitute for Pierre Boulez. Aucoin remains an active pianist and regularly collaborates with instrumentalists and notable opera singers including Renée Fleming, Rod Gilfry and Anthony Roth Costanzo.

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Intermusica represents Matthew Aucoin worldwide excluding North America (Alec Treuhaft for North America).

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Artist Manager, Vocal & Opera
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