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The Center for Contemporary Opera presents NEITHER by Morton Feldman, libretto by Samuel Beckett.
the cell
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The Center for Contemporary Opera presents NEITHER by Morton Feldman, libretto by Samuel Beckett.
Please join us for a rare opportunity to hear Feldman's NEITHER. The only other performance in the United States was in a concert version over 30 years ago. The Center for Contemporary Opera is proud to present this great work through our atelier series.

NEITHER is the only opera by Morton Feldman, dating from 1977. The libretto consists of a 56-line poem by Samuel Beckett. Beckett and Feldman had met in Berlin in 1976, with plans for a collaboration for Rome Opera. Beckett told Feldman that he himself did not like opera, and Feldman had agreed with Beckett's sentiment.

The work is for a soprano soloist. It could more properly be called a monodrama, but given Feldman's own disdain for opera, it can be described as an anti-opera.  

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Winner of a 2008 Sullivan Foundation grant and a finalist in the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, American soprano Kiera Duffy is recognized for both her gleaming high soprano and insightful musicianship, and is enjoying a flourishing concert and operatic career in repertoire that spans from Handel and Praetorius to the new sounds of Elliott Carter and John Zorn.

Kiera Duffy opened the 2008-09 season with her New York Philharmonic debut in Pierre Boulezs Pli selon pli: Improvisation II sur Mallarm under the baton of music director Lorin Maazel and went on to sing Gyrgy Ligetis seminal works, Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures, for her first performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She sung at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Carmina Burana with music director Andreas Delfs, and joined the Pacific Symphony Orchestra as soprano soloist in Messiah before returning to the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra for that same work. On the operatic stage, Duffy was seen as Queen Tye in Philip Glasss Akhnaten for her Atlanta Opera debut, and Elvira in LItaliana in Algeri for Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Thomas Desi, stage director is an Austrian composer, director, and writer. He is resident director at the Zoon Theatre in Austria.

Patrick Grant, music director"... a modern electronic master...(he) is a totally wired contemporary musician who combines live performance with cutting edge technology," writes The New Music Connoisseur about this emerging American composer."

He has created musical scores for theatrical visionaries Gerald Thomas (Bate Man, Rainha Mentira/Queen Liar), The Living Theatre - six theater pieces, a one-act "opera" and music for the documentaries Resist! and Another Glorious Day, Robert Wilson (three installations and a theatrical presentation with artist Andrey Bartenev at The Watermill Center), Cia. Antro Exposto in Brazil (Complexo Sistema), The Louvre Museum (an installation for the Muse du Quai Branly), the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble (a tone poem after a scenario by Artaud),and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company in San Francisco (a piece called "the strangest and most ravishing dance of the year" by the SF Chronicle and nominated for Best Dance Score of 2003 by the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards). His work often involves elements found in the natural and physical sciences (Genome: The Autobiography of a Species).

He has been commissioned by the CUNY Graduate Center (BIG BANG), jointly by the artist Kehinde Wiley (for soprano Shequida), Deitch Projects (Rumors of War), and The Columbus Museum of Art (Historical Black Music Rollercoaster), and the Modern Museum of Fort Worth.

His works have been performed at the Bang on a Can Annual Marathon, MATA - Music at the Anthology, by Gamelan Son of Lion, The CUNY Graduate Center's Science & the Arts series, The Forum Freies Theater in Germany, and by The Young Eight (hIP-hOP eXPERIENCE IV).

As a presenter, Mr. Grant has produced scores of new music concerts in the alternative spaces of New York City, in art galleries, theaters, factory lofts and clubs, since 1988, most recently with the One-Two-Three-GO! series.

He is founder and artistic director of Strange Music Inc., an organization dedicated to releasing recordings and presenting compelling new work with performances and installations in New York and around the world. He formed his own ensemble, Patrick Grant Group, in 1998.

Born in Detroit, MI, Grant studied at Wayne State University and at The Juilliard School, and has been a student of gamelan and the Indonesian performing arts during three residencies in Bali.


the cell
338 W 23rd St
New York, NY 10011
United States



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Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Center for Contemporary Opera
On BPT Since: Sep 23, 2008
Jim Schaeffer

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