Mixing the old with the new, Opera Now! celebrates 21st-century American opera with vignettes inspired by classic stories in the form of artworks, novels and more.
The concert will showcase a whimsical interpretation of Later the Same Evening, an opera by John Musto that tells a story of five famous Edward Hopper paintings. Opera Now! also takes on somber themes drawn from the American Civil War, the Great Depression and the Holocaust. A vignette from Ricky Ian Gordon’s 2007 opera The Grapes of Wrath is a new spin on the famous 1939 novel by John Steinback. Performers will offer a taste of Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, based on the novel about the Civil War. Finally, the show includes a piece from Out of Darkness, created by Jake Heggie to commemorate the Holocaust.
Tickets are $20 for the public, $15 for LSU faculty and staff, and $12 for students. To purchase tickets, visit cmda.lsu.edu/events, or call 225-578-3527.