The most talked-about opera since…

The most talked-about opera since…


norman lebrecht

June 22, 2011

I have been sworn to silence. I am not allowed to divulge anything that went on at this morning’s general rehearsal of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys at English National Opera – not even which blouse Nico was wearing (you can guess) or which understudy was practising his part in my box.

But – they may ban me for this, I don’t care – I must tell you that Two Boys takes opera where it has never been before, not just in subject matter so much as in the lifestyle issues that it explores and cannily exploits. It is a truly thought-provoking show and if you haven’t booked tickets yet, do not delay – the more so if you happen to be reading this post on facebook, twitter or other social media, whose dangers it alerts.

Here‘s Nico’s trailer video. It’s nothing like the show. See the show. First performance Friday.

The Met’s due to stage it in 2013.


  • MusikAnT says:

    Ha, wow! Your post didn’t at all sound like a fawning advertorial! Just ribbin’ ya there, Norman! :3

    But seriously, I’m very eager to hear this work. Is the score available yet?