JOE: A Celebration of Joseph V. Melillo at BAM

Last night, we celebrated Joe Melillo and his achievements during his 35 years as BAM’s Executive Producer. I was proud to direct a short performance entitled For Joe A Man Who, with an amazing ensemble of Lucinda Childs, Isabelle Huppert, Nonhlanhla Kheswa, Isabella Rossellini, Jeremy Irons, Chukwudi Iwuji, Carl Hancock Rux and John Turturro. Among the many other artists that composed, wrote and performed for this memorable night at the Harvey Theater were Laurie Anderson, David Lang, Mitchell Rose, Daniel Bernard Roumain and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

THIS IS HIS THIS IS IS HIS THAT IS IS IS HIS and OURS
THIS IS HIS HIS IS THIS that IS HIS IS OURS
THIS that AND that is that is HIS THAT WILL always BE
THIS ours that will always BE OURS for NOW + FOREVER
THIS IS HIS IS MINE and YOURS OURS FOREVER
THIS IS and THAT is THAT is HIS IS OURS
THIS IS THIS THAT IS IS his IS ALL of US.
— with love always, BOB

Photographs © Richard Termine

Robert Wilson's new Verdi and Puccini operas

Good news to all Friends of Italian Opera: over the next 12 months, you will be able to see three of Verdi's masterpieces and one by Puccini, directed by Robert Wilson, in different European locations. 

The Troubadour will première at the Verdi Festival in Parma on September 29 in the rarely performed French version (Le Trouvère), which the composer adapted in the style of a "Grand Opéra" for Parisian audiences in 1855. The performances will be conducted by Roberto Abbado. Shortly after that, on October 12, 14 and 16, Bob Wilson's beloved production of La Traviata, under the baton of Teodor Currentzis and with the MusicAeterna orchestra from Perm, will perform at the Grand Théâtre de la Ville in Luxembourg. Opening on November 30, and with performances throughout December, will be a new production of Puccini's Turandot at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Finally, Wilson will direct a new Otello for the Baden-Baden Festival next April, in which the Berlin Philharmonic will play under the baton of Daniele Gatti.