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. He is co-Artistic Director of the American Modern Opera Company.

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This summer, Matthew Aucoin takes up the baton to conduct a new production of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic from director-librettist Peter Sellars. The run marks Aucoin’s Santa Fe Opera debut and spotlights performances by Ryan McKinny as Robert Oppenheimer, Julia Bullock as Kitty, Meredith Arwady as Pasqualita, Daniel Okulitch as General Groves, and Tim Mix as Jack Hubbard.

“John Adams has been a shining beacon to us younger composers for a long time,” says Aucoin. “His generosity of spirit – both as a composer and as a human being – is exactly what the music world needed in the late 20th century. There’s fearlessness in his writing: he’s not afraid to write extremely dense, imposing music – there’s plenty of that in Doctor Atomic! – but he’s equally unafraid of wearing his heart on his sleeve.”

Audiences in Santa Fe can discover the opera on July 14, 18 & 27 and August 2, 7 & 16.