Leon Botstein will lead the American Symphony Orchestra in Luigi Nono’s opera “Intolleranza 1960.”
The performance will mark the final one of the ASO’s four-concert Vanguard series, on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Carnegie Hall. The program is part of the series’ season-long theme examining the music composers have created under varied political leaderships.
In “Intolleranza,” composer Luigi Nono attempted to reverse the darkness of Mussolini and rescue art from being the handmaiden of the state. His one-act opera speaks out against dictatorship and follows a migrant worker traveling home who gets caught up in a political protest, is tortured in prison, and escapes to fight for a world without war.
The opera will star tenor Daniel Weeks and Marian Anderson Career Grant-winner, soprano Serena Benedetti. Botstein will give a 30-minute Conductor’s Notes Q&A session before the performance.