About Two Boys
The world of the Internet comes to the Met as rising young composer Nico Muhly makes his debut with Two Boys, a haunting and chilling modern work, which premiered at London’s English National Opera in 2011. Directed by Tony-winner Bartlett Sher (The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific, Awake and Sing) and featuring an English-language libretto by American playwright Craig Lucas (The Dying Gaul, A Prayer for My Enemy), the opera is loosely based on real events in Manchester. Detective inspector Anne Strawson investigates an attempted murder of a young boy by an older teenager. The culprit says he was goaded into the act of violence by mysterious chat room friends. But, nothing is as it seems as Strawson neglects her messy personal life and delves into the shadowy world of cyberspace.
Employing video images by 59 Productions, whose previous Met credits include Satyagraha and The Enchanted Island, Muhly’s opera explores the frightening possibilities caused by the onward rush of technology and the lack of true human connection. The New York Times said, “Serious and radiant, Two Boys is a landmark in the career of an important artist. Confidently staking his claim to the operatic tradition, Mr. Muhly has added to it a work of dark beauty.” The Wall Street Journal said, “Composer Nico Muhly is not yet 30, but his first opera, Two Boys, a joint commission of the English National Opera with the Metropolitan Opera, is a work of striking maturity. Craig Lucas's libretto has a glove-like fit with Mr. Muhly's score, which, though it has resonances of John Adams, Philip Glass and especially Benjamin Britten, finds an exciting new musical language to express both the fantastic and the realistic aspects of today's online virtual world.”
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Sung in English with Met Titles in English, German and Spanish
Two hours with one intermission.
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Did you know?
One of the hottest young composers today, Nico Muhly has worked with such diverse artists as Bjork and Philip Glass.
Lovers of bold, experimental work will want to see this modern, 21st century piece. Traditional opera fans will enjoy the influences of Benjamin Britten.
Good for kids?
The violence and adult subject matter render this opera inappropriate for young children, although the Internet subject matter will interest mature teens who also like opera.
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