Nico Muhly discusses the new opera Dark Sisters, a co-commission and co-production of Gotham Chamber Opera, Music-Theatre Group and the Opera Company of Philadelphia.
Video Feature: The Building of Dark Sisters
Dark Sisters is a new opera with music by Nico Muhly and a libretto by Stephen Karam, co-commissioned by Gotham Chamber Opera, Music-Theatre Group and Opera Company of Philadelphia and had its World Premiere in 2011. Both set and projection were designed by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer of 59.
Program notes on Dark Sisters.
Podcast: Librettist Stephen Karam on Dark Sisters
Librettist Stephen Karam gives an inside look into the collaboration process with composer Nico Muhly, and discusses the themes of loneliness and selfless faith, and the complex relationship between music and words in opera.
Podcast: Staging A Contemporary Opera, Part 1
Listen to the Dark Sisters creative team in this fascinating podcast, “Staging a Contemporary Opera”. In Part 1 of this two-part series, director Rebecca Taichman, composer Nico Muhly and conductor Neal Goren discuss the challenges of staging a contemporary opera, how the score guides the staging process, creating characters in opera, and the use of hymns in the music.
Podcast: Staging A Contemporary Opera, Part 2
The “Staging a Contemporary Opera” podcast with the Dark Sisters creative team concludes with Part 2. Director Rebecca Taichman, composer Nico Muhly and conductor Neal Goren discuss the challenges of directing opera, the benefits of “tablework” and the workshop process, the role of physical movement in DARK SISTERS, and the relationship between vocal writing and characterization in the opera.