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About This Event

Minimum Age:

All Ages

Doors Open:

9:30 PM

Show Time:

10:00 PM


In this second collaboration between the Met and Le Poisson Rouge, composer Nico Muhly curates and hosts an eclectic evening of music in anticipation of his opera “Two Boys,” premiering at the Met in October 2013. “This evening at LPR is going to be fun; we’re going to assemble a few singers from the show and a few people not involved in it at all. We’ll play things I love, things they love, things I’ve written, and things from the 17th century.” The lineup will include two selections from “Two Boys” and feature Met singers Jennifer Zetlan and Paul Appleby, with the composer on piano. Muhly will also perform selections for piano and viola with featured artist Nadia Sirota, his frequent collaborator. Special guests will include violin duo Angela and Jennifer Chun.
$35 seated
$20 standing room
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A standing room area is available by the bar for all guests who purchase “Standing Room” tickets. Food and beverage can be purchased at the bar but there is no minimum purchase required in this area.
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This show will be streamed on WQXR.

Photo Credits:
Nico Muhly: Matthew Murphy
Paul Appleby: Dario Acosta
Jennifer Zetlan: J&J Photography
Nadia Sirota: Samantha West


An Evening of Britten and Muhly
Paul Appleby

Paul Appleby’s engagements of the 2012–13 season include a return to the Metropolitan Opera as the Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites conducted by Louis Langrée and as Hylas in Les Troyens conducted by Fabio Luisi (seen in 64 countries as part of the Met’s Live in HD series), as well as debuts with Santa Fe Opera as Fritz in Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein conducted by Frédéric Chaslin and with Boston Lyric Opera as Ferrando in Così fan tutte directed by Thomas Allen. Symphonic appearances include performances of the Mozart Requiem with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony, in Pittsburgh and on tour to Vienna, and Beethoven’s Mass in C with Maestro Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. This fall Appleby will appear as Brian in the Met premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
A recent graduate of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and the recipient of a 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts, Appleby has been recognized with the 2012 Top Prize by the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the 2012 Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, the 2011 Richard Tucker Career Grant and George London Foundation Award. He was a National Winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Jennifer Zetlan

In the current season, Jennifer Zetlan returns to Seattle Opera as Musetta in La Bohème and for Stephen Wadsworth’s acclaimed production of the Ring cycle, in which she will be heard as Woglinde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung and as the Forest Bird in Siegfried. She returned to the Met for Le Nozze di Figaro and makes debuts with the American Composers Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony, as well as with the National Chorale in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana. She also returns to Nashville Opera as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. This fall she will appear as Rebecca in the Met premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.
Zetlan has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician with the Aspen Music Festival, New York Festival of Song, Alexander Paley Music Festival in Richmond, VA, Foothills Chamber Music Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, and The Artist Series of Sarasota. Committed to performing new works, she sang at the 2007 Opera America New Works Showcase, participated in New York City Opera’s VOX Showcase of American Composers in 2008 and 2009, and is frequently involved with the new works initiative of the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater.

special guest artist Nadia Sirota

“A one-woman contemporary-classical commissioning machine” (Pitchfork), violist Nadia Sirota has coaxed works and collaborations from the likes of Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, Donnacha Dennehy, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Judd Greenstein, Marcos Balter, and Missy Mazzoli.
This season, Nadia has a week-long residency at Symphony Space in New York, during which she premieres a new piece by Donnacha Dennehy. In 2015, Nadia premiered both a new concerto written for her by longtime collaborator Nico Muhly and a new podcast, Meet the Composer on Q2 Music, exploring the work of living composers through her interviews and musical selections.

Nadia Sirota official site
photo credit: Samantha West

Angela & Jennifer Chun

Angela and Jennifer Chun, hailed by the New York Times as “dynamic violinist sisters,” have appeared under the baton of renowned conductors Iván Fischer, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, and Leonard Slatkin at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Covent Garden. Their concerts have been aired on major stations including CBS, NPR, NHK, KBS and Classical TV. In 2009, American composer George Tsontakis wrote Unforgettable (Concerto for Two Violins) for the Chuns, which they premiered during Aspen Music Festival’s 60th Anniversary season. The following year the duo released their latest album, Bartok: 44 Duos for 2 Violins, to great acclaim.

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