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MET Commissions Wynton Marsalis

New York's Metropolitan Opera house has recently announced that it is to commission an opera from trumpeter-composer Wynton Marsalis. This is the first of a series of commisions to artists that form part of the MET's MET/LCT Opera/Theter Commisions programme. Other artists to be commisioned include Adam Guettel, Jake Heggie, Michael Torke and Rufus Wainwright.

Marsalis, who is currently the Artistic Director of 'Jazz at the Lincoln Center', will write his opera to a libretto to John Guare. At this stage the work has no preliminary title and no time frame.

The MET also announced the commisioning of Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov's first large scale opera for the 2010-11 season as well as the staging of a revised version of John Adam's new opera Doctor Atomic during 2008-09.

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