Matthew Aucoin, David T. Little, & Joshua Schmidt Join Met Opera's Met/LCT New Works Program
Each of the three new composers added to the program have achieved renown in recent years. Matthew Aucoin is the youngest assistant conductor in the history of the Met, and is currently at work on his third opera, which has been commissioned by the American Repertory Theater. David T. Little's operas include Dog Days, which premiered in 2012, and a forthcoming commission for the Fort Worth Opera currently titled JFK. Joshua Schmidt won considerable acclaim as the composer of the musical Adding Machine, which had a successful run at the Minetta Lane Theater off-Broadway in 2008. A Minister's Wife, his musical adaptation of Shaw's Candida, was produced by Lincoln Center Theater in 2011. For the Met/LCT program, Schmidt will collaborate with librettist Dick Scanlan, a Tony nominee whose Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Everyday Rapture.
The newly retitled Met/LCT New Works Program, founded in 2006, has provided developmental resources for many composers and librettists over its eight seasons. The program has overseen the creation of several new operas, including Two Boys, the Met-commissionedNico Muhly opera with libretto by Craig Lucas that premiered at the English National Opera in 2011 and comes to the Met later this month. Other artists currently active in the program include Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner, who are expanding their piece A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck (originally commissioned as a one-act work by the Glimmerglass Festival) in preparation for a Met/LCT workshop next year. Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage are writing an adaptation of Nottage's play Intimate Apparel, about a turn-of-the-century African-American seamstress, that will be workshopped at the Met when complete. Other new works, by such composers and librettists asScott Wheeler and Romulus Linney; Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson; Michael Torke, Michael Korie, and Des McAnuff; and Rufus Wainwright were developed through the program, with the Met and Lincoln Center Theater ultimately deciding they would not continue as projects for either venue.