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Opera Orlando premieres its first commissioned new work, The Secret River—an opera for all audiences. Based on the young adult book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, The Secret River is a one-act chamber opera set in Central Florida during the Great Depression. With a libretto by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award-winner Mark Campbell and music by University of Central Florida Pegasus professor Stella Sung, The Secret River follows the journey of Calpurnia, a young, intelligent girl with a robust imagination as she searches for a secret river to help her family and small town. This story for all ages demonstrates the power of trusting one’s imagination and the goodness within us all.
Opera Orlando favorite Kyaunnee Richardson, soprano, returns to sing the role of Calpurnia, with baritone Benjamin Taylor and soprano NaGuanda Nobles making their Opera Orlando debut as Calpurnia’s father and mother. Metropolitan Opera soprano Emily Pulley rounds out the cast making her Company debut as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
This imaginative, heartfelt, and inspiring production is conducted by Everett McCorvey, founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, with stage direction by Dennis Whitehead Darling and puppetry created and performed by MicheLee Puppets, featuring the Opera Orlando Youth Company.