Interview: Musicians Émilie and Yann Tiersen

The recording artists on the power of location, touring and collaboration

It’s been a productive year for recording artists Émilie and Yann Tiersen. This summer Yann, a world-renowned composer and musician, released 11 5 18 2 5 18, an experimental album suffused with mood and magic. On the mystical ninth track, “13 1 18 25 (6 5 1 20. 17 21 9 14 17 21 9 19),” Yann’s wife, Émilie, contributes vocals—though that’s far from her only creative …

Works & Process at the Guggenheim To Premiere “Third Bird” From Isaac Mizrahi, Nico Muhly and John Heginbotham

An all-ages homage to the beloved symphonic fairytale Peter and the Wolf—which has been produced as part of the Guggenheim’s performing arts series, Works & Process, since 2007—Third Bird celebrates the individuality of its eight characters by way of nuanced composition and spirited writing. Works & Process will host the world premiere of the astounding 30-minute performance this weekend, which interlaces direction and a libretto by Isaac Mizrahi …

More than 270 years later, Handel’s “Theodora” Returns to Covent Gardens

When George Frideric Handel’s oratorio Theodora was performed at London’s Royal Opera House in 1750, it was snubbed; perceived at the time to be a blemish within the esteemed Baroque-era composer’s portfolio. In 2022, this is no longer the case. The now-praised composition is returning to Covent Garden after more than 270 years, with a modern-day feminist retelling produced by Katie Mitchell. Where the original …