VEILS FOR DESIRE
UPCOMING PREMIERE TBA
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Paul Appleby, tenor
Matthew Aucoin, pianist
The history of music is full of gorgeous expressions of hidden desires, from Beethoven’s longing for his “immortal beloved” to Tchaikovsky’s tortured expressions of his sexuality. This recital program features pieces of music that “veil” or transform an unspeakable desire into a new, mysterious form.
The heart of the program is Britten’s canticle Abraham and Isaac, an unforgettably dramatic rendering of the Biblical story of a father who is commanded by God to slay his young son.
In addition, Anthony Roth Costanzo sings arias from his acclaimed interpretation of Handel’s Saul, and Paul Appleby sings his potent rendition of Monteverdi’s “Possente spirto,” from L’Orfeo. Both singers also perform music composed specifically for them, including a world premiere by Harold Meltzer, and Aucoin’s songs which set to music the poetry of Dante and James Merrill.
CATH BRITTAN / CATH@RUNNINGAMOC.ORG