Julia Bullock, Anthony Roth Costanzo & Davóne Tines Lead ‘The No One’s Rose’ World Premiere

By Francisco Salazar

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale are set to present the world premiere of “The No One’s Rose.”

The performance will be at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall on August 26–29, 2021 and will showcase a production from American Modern Opera Company that combines music, dance, poetry, and theater.

“The No One’s Rose” features a new score by Matthew Aucoin, set to the poetry of Holocaust survivor Paul Celan, alongside music by Bach, Berlioz, Schubert, Sam Cooke, and Paul Simon. The work will explore the deep questions of how to move forward and return to joy after a world-altering catastrophe.

The work, which has been in production for six years, will star soprano Julia Bullock, tenor Paul Appleby, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and bass-baritone Davóne Tines.

In a press statement, Courtney Beck, Executive Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale said, “We’re very proud that we could reinvigorate ‘The No One’s Rose,’ a project we’ve been working on for many years. We couldn’t have guessed that this production would be so uniquely prescient. PBO has been developing major projects over the past five years with many more on the way, and this production, grounded in and guided by the words of Paul Celan, is very meaningful. Long before the pandemic, we began important immersive collaborations with artists and producers who were changing the dialogue—American Modern Opera Company, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Anne Sofie von Otter, Caroline Shaw, and others, so when the big crisis came we were already primed for a future that would pick up where we left off.”