Recently named Musical America's 2016 "Ensemble of the Year" (the first orchestra ever to receive the honor), The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) is widely recognized as the leading orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing new music. Its signature record label, BMOP/sound, is the nation’s foremost label launched by an orchestra and solely devoted to new music recordings.
“THE BOSTON MODERN ORCHESTRA PROJECT is the premier orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries A unique institution of crucial artistic importance to today’s musical world, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (lBMOP) exists to disseminate exceptional orchestral music of the present and recent past via performances and recordings of the highest caliber.
Hailed as “one of the most artistically valuable [orchestras] in the country for its support of music either new or so woefully neglected that it might as well be” by The New York Times, BMOP recently concluded its 20th anniversary season and was the recipient of Musical America’s 2016 Ensemble of the Year award, the first symphony orchestra in the organization’s history to receive this distinction. Founded by Artistic Director Gil Rose in 1996, BMOP has championed composers whose careers span nine decades. Each season, Rose brings BMOP’s award-winning orchestra, renowned soloists, and influential composers to the stage of New England Conservatory’s historic Jordan Hall in a series that offers the most diverse orchestral programming in the city. The musicians of BMOP are consistently lauded for the energy, imagination, and passion with which they infuse the music of the present era.
BMOP’s distinguished and adventurous track record includes premieres and recordings of monumental and provocative new works such as John Harbison’s ballet Ulysses, Louis Andriessen’s Trilogy of the Last Day, and Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers. A perennial winner of the ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the orchestra has been featured at festivals including Opera Unlimited, the Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music with the ICA/Boston, Tanglewood, the Boston Cyberarts Festival, the Festival of New American Music (Sacramento, CA), Music on the Edge (Pittsburgh, PA), and the MATA Festival in New York. BMOP has actively pursued a role in music education through composer residencies, collaborations with colleges, and an ongoing relationship with the New England Conservatory, where it is Affiliate Orchestra for New Music. The musicians of BMOP are equally at home in Symphony Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and in Cambridge’s Club Oberon and Boston’s Club Café, where they pursued a popular, composer-led Club Concert series from 2003 to 2012. BMOP/sound, BMOP’s independent record label, was created in 2008 to provide a platform for BMOP’s extensive archive of music, as well as to provide widespread, topquality, permanent access to both classics of the 20th century and the music of today’s most innovative composers.
BMOP/sound has garnered praise from the national and international press; it is the recipient of six Grammy Award nominations and its releases have appeared on the year-end “Best of” lists of The New York Times, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio, Time Out New York, American Record Guide, Downbeat Magazine, WBUR, NewMusicBox, and others. BMOP expands the horizon of a typical “night at the symphony.” Admired, praised, and sought after by artists, presenters, critics, and audiophiles, BMOP and BMOP/sound are uniquely positioned to redefine the new music concert and recording experience.
“A night at the opera doesn’t get much better than this.”
— Opera News
In September 2013, Rose founded Odyssey Opera, a Boston-based opera company that is dedicated to the production and performance of dynamic, eclectic, and historically important but underperformed operatic repertoire.
Odyssey Opera presents adventurous and eclectic works that affirm opera as a powerful expression of the human experience. Its world-class artists perform the operatic repertoire from its historic beginnings through lesser-known masterpieces to contemporary new works and commissions in a variety of formats and venues. Odyssey Opera sets standards of high musical and theatrical excellence and innovative programming to advance the operatic genre beyond the familiar and into undiscovered territory. Odyssey Opera takes its audience on a journey to places they've never been before.
The company made its debut in September 2013 with a concert production of Wagner's 6 hour long Rienzi, and has since continued to consistently unanimous acclaim by Boston's press and public. In what has become an Odyssey tradition, they have heralded the classical music season with a concert performance of a rarely performed Grand Opera such as Jules Massenet’s Le Cid, starring internationally acclaimed tenor Paul Groves, Antonin Dvořák’s Dimitrij, introducing Aleš Briscein to American audiences, Tchaikovsky’s The Maid of Orleans, and Gounod’s La reine de Saba. In the fall of 2015, Odyssey Opera released their first commercial recording, Mascagni's Zanetto. Their second release in 2018 was, three one-acts by Dominick Argetnto. They are looking forward to their future releases, which will include Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
In 2017, Odyssey Opera was part of the New York City Opera’s celebration of the 90th birthday of American composer Dominick Argento at Carnegie Hall. They remounted their 2014 production of two one-act operas:
Miss Havisham's Wedding Night, and A Water Bird Talk, adapted from Chekhov's play On the Harmfulness of Tobacco and John James Audubon's Birds of America.
In 2018 Odyssey Opera, in collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, presented the world premiere of Norman Dello Joio’s The Trial at Rouen, which had originally commissioned by the NBC Television Opera Theatre. This Odyssey Opera-BMOP production marked the first time The Trial at Rouen was performed off screen and on stage in front of a live audience. A commercial recording of this production in collaboration with BMOP Sound is in the works.
Since their debut, Odyssey Opera has distinguished itself in the opera industry for their strong thematic seasons - The British Invasion, When in Rome, Wilde Opera Nights, Trial by Fire, GounOdyssey, Helen of Troy, The Tudors, all resulting in critical acclaim and a growing audience. Recently, Odyssey Opera’s dedication to producing underappreciated operatic works, as the composer originally intended, such as the opening concert of 2018, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Gounod with a production of La reine de Saba, spending months sourcing all of the original materials written by Gounod in the 1860s, and piecing those together. What Odyssey present that evening was the most complete performance of La reine de Saba ever heard. A voyage of discovery if ever there was one! They continue this endeavor with their September 2019 concert production of Camille Saint-Saëns’s Henry VIII, unearthing music that has never been performed.
Noted by The New York Times as “intriguing” and “bold”, named by WBUR “2017 Company of the Year”, and New York Arts claiming that “Odyssey Opera… has already made itself indispensable by providing skillful and inspired productions of operatic rarities with impressive casts.” This young company has produced 35 operas in 6 seasons, including 2 world premieres, 2 US premieres 19 Boston Premiere, working with a roster of international singers and MEDIA.
Monadnock Music Festival
“Rose’s unmannered conducting of the two dance scores kept the kinetic spirit moving whether it was in sustained contemplation or ferocious energy.”
— The Boston Musical Intelligencer
Rose led the longstanding Monadnock Music Festival in historic Peterborough, NH, from his appointment as Artistic Director in 2012 through 2019, conducting several premieres and making his opera stage directing debut in two revivals of operas by Dominick Argento, as well as conducting, directing and producing the world premiere recording of New Rorem’s opera Our Town.
Founded in 1966, Monadnock Music enriches lives and deepens a sense of community by means of diverse classical programming throughout the Monadnock region of New Hampshire. Under Rose's leadership, it annually mounts a summer festival situated in iconic and intimate New England settings less than two hours from Boston.
Among the many distinguished artists whose work Monadnock Music has presented or commissioned are Aaron Copland, Peter Sellars, Richard Goode, Sanford Sylvan, James Maddalena, Russell Sherman, John Adams, Elliott Carter, Virgil Thomson, Dominick Argento, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Craig Smith, and Ursula Oppens.
In addition to its Peterborough Town House Series, Monadnock Music also presents its renowned Village Concerts, bringing distinguished artists to historic meeting houses throughout the region free of charge, making some of the greatest classical music accessible to all.
During the school year, Monadnock Music provides vital music education support to our region's elementary schools through its Lend an Ear! program. Since its establishment in 1985, Lend an Ear! has enriched the lives of over 25,000 children in more than 25 towns.
Rose maintains a busy schedule as a guest conductor on both operatic and symphonic platforms.