Composer Clint Borzoni and librettist Edward Ficklin have been workshopping their new opera Antinous and Hadrian at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Chelsea. You can attend the workshop of Act 2 this Saturday, September 7 at 4 PM. The church is located at 296 Ninth Avenue at 28th Street. Tickets are $10 and are available online. Jennifer Peterson will conduct the Queer Urban Orchestra.
The opera tells the story of the second century Roman emperor Hadrian and his love for the Greek youth Antinous. It examines the mystery behind the tragic death of the young Antinous. Upon his death, the distraught Emperor declared his beloved a god. Drawing on both historical sources and dramatic imagination the work has been written in the grand opera tradition.
The video is of baritone Brian Mextorf rehearsing the role of Marcus. We've heard pieces of this opera and encourage people to go check it out.