Anthony Roth Costanzo Set To Be Dracula In Santa Fe Opera World Premiere of Corigliano’s ‘The Lord of Cries’

By David Salazar

The Santa Fe Opera has announced that it will be world premiering a new opera by John Corigliano and Mark Adamo during the summer of 2021.

The work in question, “The Lord of Cries,” will be the company’s 18th world premiere in its history and will follow other world premieres of “The Thirteenth Child” in 2019 and “M. Butterfly” in 2020.

“The Lord of Cries” will bring together such works as “The Bacchae” and Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” and begins with a God returning to earth in the guise of Dracula in Victorian England.

“One important point of ‘The Lord of Cries’ is that this conflict between who we want to be and who we actually are goes on and on; it tormented the ancient Greeks, and it torments us. So that torment is the score’s real subject,” noted Corigliano in an official press release by the company.

This will be the composer’s second opera and his first 30 years following the 1991 work “The Ghosts of Versailles.” The opera will feature Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role; it will be the famed counter tenor’s Santa Fe debut.