Marking 30 years since the death of groundbreaking photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, composer/conductor Bryce Dessner (The National) brings us Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), a powerful work that explores the origins and impact of Mapplethorpe’s controversial photography. Created with librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle and director Kaneza Schaal in collaboration with the vocal group Roomful of Teeth and an eight-player ensemble, Triptych includes music, projections of Mapplethorpe’s images, and poetry.
Co-produced by Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel Music and Artistic Director. Produced in residency with and commissioned by University Musical Society. Cocommissioned by Stanford Live; BAM; Luminato Festival; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center; Cincinnati Opera; Cal Performances; Adelaide Festival; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for performance as part of DirectCurrent 2019; ArtsEmerson: World on Stage; Texas Performing Arts; Holland Festival; Wexner Center for the Arts; Celebrity Series of Boston; and MassMOCA.
Triptych was created with generous support from the Stanford Live Commissions and Programming Fund.