Anthony Roth Costanzo Leads ‘The Lord of Cries’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Matthew Placek)

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera are set to present the East Coast premiere of John Corigliano and Mark Adamo’s new opera “The Lord of Cries.”

Considered to be one of the major operatic events of the new decade, “Cries” tells the story of the dangers that result from the repression of our darkest desires, told through a plot that combines elements of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and Euripides’s “The Bacchae.”

The BMOP orchestra will perform alongside Anthony Roth Costanzo (Dionysus), and several rising vocalists under conductor Gil Rose. A world premiere recording will follow on Pentatone.

In a statement, John Corigliano explained, “I felt that Dracula needed to have an androgynous, unearthly sound, and of course to me that was the countertenor.”

Meanwhile, Costanzo noted, “The character of Dracula is a very complex one. In many ways, he is vulnerable and human, and in other ways he is incredibly violent and full of rage. What you can’t take for granted is that fearsome quality.”

The opera is set to be performed on Nov. 19 at Boston’s Jordan Hall with a cast that also includes Kathryn Henry, David Portillo, Jarrett Ott, Matt Boehler, Will Ferguson, Leah Brzyski, Rachel Blaustein, Felicia Gavilanes, and Matthew DiBattista.