LA Opera Artist-In-Residence Matthew Aucoin Receives 2018 MacArthur Fellowship

LA Opera Artist-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin was named as a 2018 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday morning.

LA Opera Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin

LA Opera Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin

Each year, the foundation awards a $625,000, “no-strings-attached” award to those who posses extraordinary talented and creativity. The criteria for selection is also based on a “promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishments” and the “potential for the Fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work,” according to the foundation.

Aucoin is one of 25 individuals selected as the Class of 2018 of MacArthur Fellows. He was chosen for part in “expanding the potential of vocal and orchestral music to convey emotional, dramatic and literary meaning.”

He began his tenure as Artist-In-Residence during the 2016/17 season, where he made his LA Opera debut as conductor for Philip Glass’ Akhnaten. Additionally, he has performed with the company in its productions of Verdi’s Rigoletto (2018), Nosferatu (2016) and will conduct LA Opera Off Grand’s upcoming performance of Joby Talbot’s Vampyr at the Theatre at ACE Hotel.

Aucoin’s newest opera, Eurydice, will receive it’s LA Opera debut in a future season, and is co-commissioned with the Metropolitan Opera.

Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin in rehearsals

Artist-In-Residence Matthew Aucoin in rehearsals for Crossing (Photo: Arya Roshanian/LA Opera)

NPR recently sat down with Aucoin to discuss his win, as well as his thoughts on the state of classical music today. Click here to read the interview.

Congratulations, Matthew!

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