The Lord of Cries

September 8, 2023

Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Gil Rose present the world-premiere recording of 'The Lord of Cries, a breathtaking opera by John Corigliano and Mark Adamo. The brilliant cast—most of whom introduced their parts in the world premiere in 2021—is led by star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role.

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Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Gil Rose present the world-premiere recording of 'The Lord of Cries, a breathtaking opera by John Corigliano and Mark Adamo. Telling the story of Euripides’s 'The Bacchae' with the characters of Bram Stoker’s 'Dracula', the piece explores the power of sexual desire and humans’ need to blame and attack others for what they can neither resist nor accept in themselves. The brilliant cast—most of whom introduced their parts in the world premiere in 2021—is led by star countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role.

Multi-award-winning composer John Corigliano’s music has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by many of the most prominent orchestras, soloists, and chamber musicians in the world. The Pentatone recording of 'The Ghost of Versailles', released in 2016, won two GRAMMY Awards. Composer-librettist Mark Adamo’s four previous operas, including 'Little Women' (1998), have been staged, recorded, and broadcast hundreds of times on five continents. Under the leadership of conductor Gil Rose, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project has become an unsurpassed advocate for 20th and 21st century American music; they make their Pentatone debut with 'The Lord ofCries'.

"A substantial musico-dramatic journey…John Corigliano’s sure dramatist’s hand is at work here; 'The Lord of Cries' is full of violent contrasts, out-of-left-field sound imagination (horns in aggressive, extreme registers, a loitering harpsichord) with elemental forces juxtaposed against bourgeois life in ways that make the latter seem all the more trivial…. A Pulitzer, Grammy and Oscar winner, Corigliano is now 85, and one feels lucky that he has returned to opera at the height of his powers."
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