ABOUT THE PROJECT
A Chamber Opera in Concert Version
by Douglas J. Cuomo
“Incredibly compelling... a bold experiment with poetry and sound”
- The Houstonian
“A compelling new musical score [with] variety and searing qualities."
- Broadway World
“An abundance of genuinely poignant moments and brilliantly creative artistic elements.”
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In this fiercely contemporary reimagining of Wilhelm Müller’s poetry cycle Winterreise, composer Douglas J. Cuomo has created a thought-provoking work that mirrors the complexity of modern life and relationships.
The “radiant, communicative tenor” (Opera News) Tony Boutté assumes the existential mantle, giving a searing, intense performance as a man desperate for atonement, while electric guitar and electronics (Douglas Cuomo), trumpet (Frank London) and keyboards (Alan Johnson)—infused with acid jazz and a punk energy—narrate his delirious fever dream.
The semi-staged concert version of Savage Winter was premiered in 2018 in Houston by Aperio Music of the Americas. This seventy-five minute performance without intermission requires minimal staging and features projected images from the original opera that bring depth to this dynamic work.
The fully staged version, directed by Jonathan Moore, was premiered at Pittsburgh Opera and Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2018 and is a co-production of American Opera Projects.