New York City Opera
Our unique collaboration will delight today's growing audiences who love new and adventurous music, and those that love The Baroque Period and it's infinitely complex influence on today's music and dance.
The Rape of the Lock is an acknowledged masterpiece, much studied and praised for its archetypical "heroic couplets" and its wide-ranging and gently teasing humor, based on an actual incident. A young lord cut off a lock of hair without permission from a young lady, and the two estranged families were subsequently "laughed back together' by Pope's legendary "mock-heroic" poem.
"The Rape of the Lock," a work in progress ... offered her adaptation of Pope's text clothed in wonderfully lush, intricate and contrapuntally energetic music. For me, she was the most pleasant surprise of the series. “… Let's hope it will “get a real chance, complete and fully dressed in a properly prepared stage production.”
The New York Baroque Dance Company under its Artistic Director, Catherine Turocy, is regularly asked to realize period dance for Baroque operas in Europe and in the US. With Caroline Copeland as their choreographer, our dancers will have modern movement that is historically informed, and will co-exist in projections with the opera singers.
These superlative artists will collaborate to create a fantastical world of music, poetry, dance and theater, expansive and richly layered, inspired by Baroque music and dance, and the melodies and counterpoints of today.