About Matthew Aucoin
Matthew Aucoin is an American composer, conductor, writer, and pianist. He is Artist in Residence at Los Angeles Opera, and has worked as a composer and conductor with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the American Repertory Theater, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Music Academy of the West.
Crossing, Matthew Aucoin’s operatic ode to Walt Whitman, is featured as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music‘s Next Wave Festival this fall.
“Crossing is a musical fantasia which imagines and realizes the many forces – generosity, insecurity, longing, selflessness, bravery, unfulfilled sexual desire, a need to escape his own life, a boundless kindness – that caused a man named Walter Whitman, Jr. to forge an indelible embodiment of the American spirit in his poetry,” says Aucoin.
Aucoin conducts performances that spotlight the American Repertory Theater in a production directed by Diane Paulus. Crossing is staged at BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House on October 3, 5, 7 & 8, 2017.