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Lang: Prisoner of the State - Guard


New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic’s climactic season finale is the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang’s opera prisoner of the state in a fully staged production directed by Elkhanah Pulitzer. A retelling of Beethoven’s Fidelio, the bold new opera chronicles a woman’s attempt to rescue her husband from unjust political imprisonment. The action unfolds around the musicians of the Orchestra, who are both observers of the story and participants in the prison.

Music of Conscience: prisoner of the state
Thursday, June 6, 2019, 7:30pm
Friday, June 7, 2019, 8:00pm
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 8:00pm


Jaap van Zweden conductor
Elkhanah Pulitzer director (debut)
Concert Chorale of New York  
Donald Nally director
Matt Saunders scenic designer
Maarten Warmerdam / Theatermachine lighting designer
Adam Larsen projection designer
Maline Casta costume designer
Mark Grey sound designer

David LANG  prisoner of the state (World PremiereNew York Philharmonic Co-Commission with Rotterdam’s de Doelen and London’s Barbican, Barcelona’s l’Auditori, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, and Bruges’s Concertgebouw)

Earlier Event: May 10
Seattle Opera - Big Opera Party
Later Event: July 29
Ravinia Festival: Steans Institute