On Friday, London's English National Opera gives the world premiere of 20-something composer Nico Muhly's first opera, Two Boys, a work that has already been slated to come to the Metropolitan Opera in the 2013-14 season. I'll pause for a minute to let the full awesomeness of that sentence sink in: A new opera by a composer under 30. A FIRST opera done by ENO and already slated to hit the Met. No stranger to Q2's airwaves, Nico dominates our programming this week as we gear up for his next major milestone this weekend with ENO Does Nico: a five-day festival hosted by Nico himself.
One thing I recently discovered about Nico is that he and I hail from neighboring towns in a tiny hamlet called Rhode Island. So it's an apt tribute to the smallest state in the union that he churns out some extremely spectacular works on the largest scale imaginable (and, in terms of scope, it doesn't get much grander than the Internet--whose seedy underbelly is the subject and setting of Two Boys). We go all out with Nico as well on this week's show, featuring a cavalcade of his compositions and 30 introductions from Nico himself.
We have an interview with Nico (hosted by yours truly, see above), a preview of his latest work from Decca (the exquisite Seeing is Believing) which drops on Tuesday, and works by Nico's mentors, teachers and idols such as John Corigliano, Louis Andriessen, David Lang and William Byrd. We'll tap into Muhly's choral fixation and tango with his orchestral and chamber works that are at turns ravishing and kinetic.