Julia Bullock, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Davóne Tines, Paul Appleby Headline World Premiere of ‘The No One’s Rose’

By David Salazar

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Choral are set to present the world premiere of “The No One’s Rose” on August 25-29, 2021 at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall.

“The No One’s Rose” is a new work of opera, theater, and dance by the American Modern Opera Company which features poetry by Holocaust survivor Paul Celan. The showcase will feature Julia Bullock, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Davóne Tines, and Paul Appleby as they perform a score by Matthew Aucoin and music by Bach, Berlioz, Schubert, Sam Cooke, and Paul Simon. The presentation will also include choreography by Bobbi Jene Smith and direction by Zach Winokur.

“This piece is our way of processing what’s happened to our world over the past year and a half. We’re aiming for a kind of alchemy, to transform the frustrations and sorrows of this moment into catharsis and joy,” Aucoin said in a press release.

The production was set to premiere in October 2020 but was canceled due to the pandemic. The work has reportedly been in the making for six years.

“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,” added Courtney Beck, Executive Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale.