Sunday, March 26, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT
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The Jay Heritage Center 
210 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580

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Opera Performance with Matthew Aucoin and Magdalena Kuzma

On Sunday, March 26, at 4 p.m., join MacArthur genius composer Matthew Aucoin, “the most promising operatic talent in a generation” (The New York Times Magazine), for a discussion of his new book, The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera. He has worked as a composer and conductor with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, American Repertory Theater, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Music Academy of the West. He was the Los Angeles Opera’s Artist in Residence from 2016 to 2020, and is a cofounder of the American Modern Opera Company.

PLUS: A performance by special guest soprano Magdalena Kuzma, currently in her first year of the prestigious Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera! This season she is appearing as Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at The Glimmerglass Festival, Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the Metropolitan Opera, and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Opera Orlando, among others.

Champagne reception to follow. $20 for JHC Supporters;

$30 for General Admission - includes copy of  The Impossible Art

Aucoin's book is a user’s guide to opera that examines 400 years of the art and its librettists. He describes the creation of his own groundbreaking new work, "Eurydice," and shares his reflections on the past, present, and future of opera. The event will help celebrate the launch of plans for the new Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Exhibit and Performance Center, funded by a $1.5 million gift from the Wachenheim family.

In the Boston Globe, John Domini called Aucoin's book "a magnificent blend of criticism and rapture." Thomas Forrest Kelly, in Harvard Magazine, writes: "Like Stravinsky and Rosen before him, Aucoin displays a prose style, a thoughtfulness, a brazenness of opinion arising from expertise, that puts him in a league with those predecessors."