The Veil of Oprheus: Cy Twombly and Music

April 2, 2019
1515 Sul Ross Street | Houston, TX 77006
Phone: (713) 524-5050
Times: 7:30 PM
Admission: $60
Area of Town: Montrose

Pierre Henry: The Veil of OrpheusMatthias Pintscher: Study No. 1 for Treatise on the VeilMonteverdi: Possente spirto from OrfeoHarrison Birtwistle: Orpheus Elegies for countertenor, oboe and harpMatthew Aucoin: This Earth and excerpts from the opera Eurydice (2019)Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; Matthew Aucoin, piano and guest composer; with the participation of REMLABS, Kurt Stallmann, directorA rare showing of Cy Twombly’s monumental painting, The Treatise on the Veil, is the occasion for this unique musical event at the Menil. Da Camera introduces America’s rising star composer Matthew Aucoin to Houston with an intimate preview of his opera, Eurydice, prior to its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in 2019-20, and welcomes countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and baritone Kelly Markgraf in their Da Camera debuts.The timeless Greek myth of Orpheus entering the underworld in search of his deceased beloved, Eurydice, has inspired artists for centuries — from the beginning of opera in Italy to today. From Monteverdi to early electronic music through late 20th-century compositions, this program explores the powerful influences of mythology on visual art and music — in time past and time present.“a bona-fide star” – The New Yorker on Anthony Ross Costanzo“if contemporary opera has a rising wunderkind, then Aucoin has to be it” — The New York Times on Matthew Aucoin