Greene, Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang (who co-wrote the opera's libretto with Greene) and visual artists and filmmakers Al and Al will participate in the event, which will take place April 25 at 3 PM and 7:30 PM and April 26 at 7:30 PM in the Guggenheim's Peter B. Lewis Theater. The event will also feature musical excerpts from the piece, accompanied by visuals and narration. The opera — featuring music by Academy Award nominee Philip Glass — will premiere June 2 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall to mark the opening of the third annual World Science Festival. The piece sets the classic Greek myth of Icarus in the future.
According to press notes, "Rather than wax wings and a journey too near the sun, in this version a boy ventures through deep space and challenges the awesome power of a black hole. As his anguished father watches from the safety of the mother ship, Einstein's general relativity takes hold of Icarus, causing time—for him—to slow dramatically. What seems to Icarus like an hour-long joy ride corresponds to thousands of years far from the black hole. Although he survives, when Icarus returns from his whirlwind flight the reality he knew has been gone for millennia. Icarus bravely enters a new world—the future—but suffers the devastating loss of his friends and family to the relentless grip of time's passage."
The Guggenheim is located at 1971 Fifth Avenue at 88th Street. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for Guggenheim members, and $10 for students. Call (212) 423-3587 or visit worksandprocess.org.