Boston Modern Opera Project To Perform New Charles Wuorinen Opera

By David Salazar

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project will present the Boston Premiere of “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on Jan. 19, 2019.

The new work by composer Charles Wuorinen and librettist James Fenton is based on the novel by Salman Rushdie and will be conducted by Gil Rose. The semi-staged production is set to star guest soprano Heather Buck.

“For those who want an opera of widely diverse dramatic character and complex music, this is for you,” Rose said in a press release.

Wuorinen has written over 260 compositions to date and has been considered a “Maximalist,” with his music spanning a wide-range of styles. Regarding the music for “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” Wuorinen said it was “typical me, and does not try to be anything non-Western, non-me, or non-American.”

Buck has appeared with BMOP in “The Trial at Rouen” and also created the title role in “Haroun” when it premiered at New York City Opera in 2014.