A COMPOSER’S NOTES: PHILIP GLASS AND THE MAKING OF AN OPERA
Director: Michael Blackwood
USA / 1986 / 87 min
Introduced by Anthony Roth Costanzo
Anthony Roth Costanzo, internationally celebrated countertenor, creative producer, and this year’s New York Philharmonic Artist-in-Residence, teams with Metrograph to present “Authentic Selves: The Beauty Within,” a series of films exploring the knotty complexities of identity.
This month our series celebrates the 2022 rebirth of Costanzo’s performance in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten at the Metropolitan Opera by exploring the opera’s genesis with a screening of A Composer’s Notes: Philip Glass and the Making of an Opera, directed by Michael Blackwood.
Authentic Selves spotlights films that explore the distance between perception and expression, relating to a paradox at the center of Costanzo’s own art and stage presentation: “If I sound different from the way I look,” Costanzo asks, “how can I best embrace my own authenticity?” Questions like this are never easily answered, but this is a collection of films and events that dare to ask them.
Presented in Partnership with The New York Philharmonic