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Today It Rains - World Premiere

  • Z Space 450 Florida Street San Francisco, CA, 94110 United States (map)

Music by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed
Based on an original concept by Mark Campbell
Projection Design by Kimberly Reed
Production design concept by Brian Staufenbiel
Commissioned, developed and produced by Opera Parallèle and American Opera Projects

Today It Rains is a new chamber opera inspired by a real event in the life of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. On the rainy morning of April 29, 1929, O’Keeffe boarded a train in New York with fellow artist Rebecca Strand, leaving behind her tumultuous marriage with Alfred Stieglitz and yearning for escape and creative fulfillment. Three days later, she arrived for the first time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, inspired by the power of the area’s landscape and ready for new artistic experience.

Today It Rains is the third opera by the creators of As One, which was commissioned and premiered by American Opera Projects in 2014 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has since become one of the most produced new operas in the country .

Conductor: Nicole Paiement
Creative/Stage Director: Brian Staufenbiel
Assistant Director: David Toro
Set Design: Sean Riley
Lighting Design: Alexander V. Nichols
Media Design: Kimberly Reed
Costume Design: Alina Bokovikova
Wigs/Makeup: Sophia Smith
Props: Ryan Parham
Pianist: Keisuke Nakagoshi

Blythe Gaissert (mezzo) as Georgia O’Keeffe
Daniel Belcher (baritone) as Alfred Stieglitz
Nathan Granner (tenor) as Aubrey
Marnie Breckenridge (soprano) as Beck
Maya Kherani (soprano) as Ensemble
Kindra Scharich (mezzo-soprano) as Ensemble
Elliot Paige (tenor) as Ensemble
Gabriel Preisser (bass) as Ensemble

World Premiere - San Francisco

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 29, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 30, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 31, at 2 pm

Running time approximately 85 minutes with no intermission.

Co-commissioned by Opera Parallèle and American Opera Projects. The score has been commissioned by Opera Parallèle in part through the OPERA America Opera Grants for Female Composers program, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. The libretto has been commissioned by AOP with support from the New York State Council of the Arts. The production of Today It Rains received funding from OPERA America's Opera Fund. By arrangement with Bill Holab Music.

Earlier Event: March 28
Today It Rains - World Premiere
Later Event: March 30
Today It Rains - World Premiere