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Opera Parallele Presents 'Today It Rains' Inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe

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Thursday-Saturday, March 28-30, at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, March 31, at 2 pm

Today It Rains is a new chamber opera inspired by a real event in the life of artist Georgia O'Keeffe with music by Laura Kaminsky, libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed (based on the original premise by Campbell) and projection design by Reed. The production, is headed by OP's founder and Artistic Director Nicole Paiement and Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel, and Paiement will conduct.

Today It Rains is inspired by a real event in the life of Georgia O'Keeffe. On April 29, 1929, O'Keeffe boarded a train in New York with her friend and fellow artist Rebecca Strand and arrived in Santa Fe three days later, soon to be transformed by the area's landscape. The 80-minute opera imagines O'Keeffe's personal journey on this transformative train ride as she reexamines her tumultuous marriage with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, her artistic stasis, and her need for new inspiration to guide her work. The opera's librettists spent considerable time researching the subject, both in New York and Santa Fe, before completing the libretto. Campbell twice replicated the train ride O'Keeffe took in 1929 from New York to Santa Fe, the second time joined by Reed, who also shot a portion of the film for the projection design.

Performed by a cast of eight singers and an instrumental ensemble of eleven, Kaminsky's music will capture the essence of the strong female protagonist's personal journey and evoke the urban scene of her New York life, the popular music of the day (jazz, lindy hop, etc.), 19th-century German Romantic music, Irish Fiddle music, and the fresh sounds O'Keeffe encountered as she journeyed (American folk and blues, and the Native American music of New Mexico).
Thursday-Saturday, March 28-30, at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, March 31, at 2 pm

Today It Rains is a new chamber opera inspired by a real event in the life of artist Georgia O'Keeffe with music by Laura Kaminsky, libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed (based on the original premise by Campbell) and projection design by Reed. The production, is headed by OP's founder and Artistic Director Nicole Paiement and Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel, and Paiement will conduct.

Today It Rains is inspired by a real event in the life of Georgia O'Keeffe. On April 29, 1929, O'Keeffe boarded a train in New York with her friend and fellow artist Rebecca Strand and arrived in Santa Fe three days later, soon to be transformed by the area's landscape. The 80-minute opera imagines O'Keeffe's personal journey on this transformative train ride as she reexamines her tumultuous marriage with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, her artistic stasis, and her need for new inspiration to guide her work. The opera's librettists spent considerable time researching the subject, both in New York and Santa Fe, before completing the libretto. Campbell twice replicated the train ride O'Keeffe took in 1929 from New York to Santa Fe, the second time joined by Reed, who also shot a portion of the film for the projection design.

Performed by a cast of eight singers and an instrumental ensemble of eleven, Kaminsky's music will capture the essence of the strong female protagonist's personal journey and evoke the urban scene of her New York life, the popular music of the day (jazz, lindy hop, etc.), 19th-century German Romantic music, Irish Fiddle music, and the fresh sounds O'Keeffe encountered as she journeyed (American folk and blues, and the Native American music of New Mexico).
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