MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Opera Without Words

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Under Christoph Eschenbach, the National Symphony recently premiered Tobias Picker’s Opera Without Words — his first major orchestral composition in years. The perceptive critic Hilary Stroh gave a sensitive review for Bachtrack.

Here’s the program essay I wrote for the NSO world premiere:

Tobias Picker, described as “displaying a distinctively soulful style that is one of the glories of the current musical scene” by BBC Music Magazine and “a genuine creator with a fertile unforced vein of invention” by The New Yorker, has drawn performances and commissions by the world’s leading musicians, orchestras, and opera houses.

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Filed under: American music, commissions, new music, Tobias Picker, Uncategorized

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