The work was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Houston Grand Opera and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It premiered at the Houston Grand Opera, October 22, 1987 in a production by Peter Sellars with choreography by Mark Morris.
A recording was made in 1988 with the original cast and the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s conducted by Edo de Waart (Nonesuch 79177).
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