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Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

A visually stunning, musical, and poetic exploration of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

OCT 30 - NOV 3, 2019

Critical Praise

“A re-examination and an exaltation of the photographer’s enduring imagery, with its classical beauty and raw eroticism."
– ArtNews
“Dessner’s music was melodically involving and wonderfully performed…like ghostly mournful cries, which underscored the serious intent…two thrilling soloists…not just about Mapplethorpe’s legacy but also a statement about how we suspiciously live in America.”
– CityBeat
"A radical new work...there was no singular emotional direction a work of this scope could portray, and composer Bryce Dessner fluidly swept us from the awe-inspiring cathedral, to the cold and calculating courtroom, to the intimate bedroom with a score that surged with electricity, sparkling clarity, and biting poignancy."
— artseen
“Beautifully crafted and performed”
— San Francisco Classical Voice
“What came through most clearly – often thrillingly – was the score...Gorgeous vocal sound for its own sake...Moran…delivered the goods with authority...My overall impression was one of the sheer joy of singing.”
— Classical Voice North America
“Witty and wicked...forbidding and seductive...Dessner is at his best...The language is stylized and extravagantly poetic, matching the photographs’ explicit sexual content while meeting their cool elegance with punk Romanticism.””
— The New York Times

On Bryce Dessner

"Dessner personifies what appears to be a generational shift in musicians.”
— The Washington Post
"A man who slips in and out of musical guises with disarming ease...this is gorgeous and full-hearted music."”