in development


Music by Laura Kaminsky

Libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed

Based on an original concept by Mark Campbell

today it rains

premiere PRODUCTION AVAILABLE FOR co-production / touring

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. 


Duration 75' / no intermission

Commission 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.

Premiere March 28, 2019; Z Space, San Francisco, CA; Opera Parallèle and American Opera Projects; Nicole Paiement, conductor; Brian Staufenbiel, director.

Roles (8) Georgia O’Keeffe · mezzo-soprano ; Alfred Stieglitz · baritone ; Aubrey · tenor ; Beck · soprano ; 4 Ensemble · sop/mez/ten/bass

Instrumentation (11) string quintet ; flute (doubling alto) ; clarinet in b flat (doubling bass clarinet) ; bassoon ; horn in f ; 2 percussionists (marimba, vibes, drums, gongs, other smaller items)

Development artists / partners Blythe Gaissert, Daniel Belcher, Marnie Breckenridge, Peabody Southwell, Sarah Moulton Faux, Robert Hoyt, Cree Carrico, Heather Johnson

Publisher Bill Holab Music / Staged performances of this work require licensing through the publisher.

Partner website: https://operaparallele.org/today-it-rains/


Mark Campbell   Librettist

Mark Campbell

Kimberly Reed   Librettist, Filmmaker

Kimberly Reed
Librettist, Filmmaker