About the artist:
Matthew Aucoin is making his HGO debut. Aucoin is an American composer, conductor, and writer, and a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. He is a co-founder of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), and was the Los Angeles Opera’s Artist in Residence from 2016 to 2020. Eurydice, Aucoin’s most recent opera, had its premiere at Los Angeles Opera in 2020 and went on to have a successful production at the Metropolitan Opera in the fall 2021. His previous operas, Crossing and Second Nature, have been produced at leading theaters across North America, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Canadian Opera Company, and the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.). Aucoin’s orchestral and chamber music has been commissioned and performed by such luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, pianist Kirill Gerstein, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Brentano Quartet. As a conductor, Aucoin has appeared with the Los Angeles Opera, the Chicago Symphony, the Santa Fe Opera, the San Diego Symphony, the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Rome Opera Orchestra, and many other ensembles, in repertoire ranging from his own music to the operas of Verdi, Mozart, and John Adams.