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The current issue of The Advocate includes an interview with adorable 27-year-old bedhead Nico Muhly about his next composition project, an opera “based on a true Internet romance/friendship between two teenage boys that ended in one of the two stabbing the other to death.” Muhly’s “teen gay Internet sex drama,” to a libretto by Craig Lucas, is co-commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theatre. Meanwhile Muhly is touring in support of his new CD Mothertongue and ranting on his blog about knockoff iPhones.

 

  • Omniscient Muscleboy

    Boy we gays know how to eat our young, don’t we? Mothertounge has moments of exquisite beauty and achieves a remarkable catharsis at the end. It’s also considerably ambitious in scope and execution. Would I have chosen Nico Muhly to write an opera based on this or Speaks Volumes? Not necessarily -- but the kid certainly understands what makes a great opera (read his essay on Peter Grimes on the Met website at http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/news/features/detail.aspx?id=3399). As to the choice of Craig Lucas, let’s just all count our blessings that he wasn’t saddled with Terrence McNally.

    I’m genuinely excited by the prospect of a music-theater work from Nico Muhly, even if ends up at Lincoln Center Theatre and not the Met. Besides, don’t we all want to see this work reach the stage just so we can read AT’s anguished review of it in the Times?

    Getting to know Nico Muhly’s work has been an artistic highlight of a rather dreary summer along with finally seeing La Piscine with Alain Delon. Speaking of Alain Delon, when is some barihunk crazy queen going to turn Rocco and his Brothers into an opera? Jack Heggie, your muse is calling.

  • jatm2063

    I read a bit of his blog. He does rant, doesn’t he. He should make comments here, he’d fit right in. Come to think of it, maybe he already does.

  • rysanekfreak

    Speaking of trendy commissions by big opera houses, remember years ago when Bobby McFerren’s Gethsemane was scheduled for the San Francisco Opera? Can someone pour the hot tea about what went wrong there?

  • The Logical Tenor

    Here’s a proposed alternative ending: They actually end up happy.

    No, that’d require too much talent to write. Drama and tragedy are easier to pull off than an uplifting ending. Enough of Brokeback already.

  • H. Milk

    I heart the Logical Tenor

  • david

    I assume that Domingo will want to extend his range yet further and so will play one of the teenagers, the other will obviously have to be a trouser-role, so respecting the great operatic tradition. Perhaps the Met can rectify their years of ignoring Podles by offering her the part. As for the mother of one of the boys it would need somebody capable of playing an all-American soccer mom type – if only the Met knew of a soprano like that.

  • armerjacquino

    logicaltenor- I think you’ve just pitched ‘Zanna, Don’t- The Opera’.

  • Alice Roberts

    A friend of mine who lost a lover to the church always claimed he loved Don Carlos best because he could relate to all the principal roles and their emotions….. As I talked him in from a ledge I explained that was why opera lovers love opera, because we can relate. It may not do us much good, but we can relate.

  • Pupi Campo

    With High School Musical now being a phenom I keep hoping someone will someday give us “70s TV Movie the Opera.” There was a load of these flix that all seems to have a Jill Clayburgh finding out that her B Bostwik husband was a psycho and she fled and was rescued by the local Tom Skerrit sheriff. Add her having a sickness of the week, and you have a whole genre waiting to be set to lofty music and keep the boxoffice happy. Now, to find some suitable singers.

  • JAG

    Stephen Costello and Christopher Balduc anyone?

  • Pupi: with any luck, when your opera is broadcast, we can hear Blythe Danner as the intermission commentator.

  • Jfmurray3

    “..we gays know how to eat our young, don’t we?”
    That made me giggle in ways it shouldn’t.

  • E de Luna

    I’ll Take Manhattan” might start the TV movie genre rolling good, but someones will have to sing Maxi and Cutter. And a Rigoletto with Rig and a youngish Spart gladeyeing each other might be interesting. Has anyone in Euro staged Rig with this “gay” angle?