Aucoin: Opera’s 25-Year-Old Hope?

His new opera, “Crossing,” based on Walt Whitman’s Civil War diaries, premieres tomorrow at the American Repertory Theater, in Cambridge. So the New York Times has to spoil the moment by proclaiming Matthew Aucoin (pictured) ‘opera’s great 25-year-old hope.’ Further baggage: ‘The composer, conductor, poet, pianist and critic may be the most promising operatic talent in a generation. But can he handle the spotlight?’

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