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Matthew Aucoin Conducts Concert Performance of His Opera Crossing Featuring Baritone Rodney Gilfry

May 25, 2018 - May 26, 2018

Matthew Aucoin conducts a concert performance of his critically acclaimed opera Crossing, featuring noted baritone Rodney Gilfry, in a co-production of The Wallis and LA Opera Off Grand, on Saturday, May 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m.  The haunting and compassionate work, intricately scored for chamber orchestra, with beautifully detailed choruses, was inspired by poet Walt Whitman’s experiences tending to wounded soldiers during the Civil War and explores the connections that come between us and pull us apart.  As Whitman listens to wounded veterans share their memories and messages, he forges a bond with an enigmatic young soldier, an encounter that forces him to examine his own role as writer and poet.  Aucoin, LA Opera’s Artist in Residence, was just 25 when he completed the opera, which a New York Times critic enthused, “grabbed me from the start.”

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