Concert: A New Opera by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer

SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2023 4:00 P.M.

A NEW OPERA BY JAKE HEGGIE AND GENE SCHEER!

Don’t miss the world premiere of the compelling new one-act opera we’ve commissioned from this brilliant team. It’s based on a true story discovered and reported by Howard Reich for the Chicago Tribune about an ailing Vietnam war veteran who learns decades later that he is the heir to a priceless art collection stolen by the Nazis. His arduous voyage to Prague in search of this legacy leads him to embrace an identity that had been hidden from him, and through art he discovers a deeper truth in his life.

Starring bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, it will be paired with Heggie and Scheer’s Another Sunrise, an earlier MOR commission. The intense monodrama, starring soprano Caitlin Lynch, is an intimate portrait of an Auschwitz survivor’s struggle to find words capable of describing harrowing, unimaginable situations to people who weren’t there. Together, the two operas are profound tributes to the restorative power of memory.

Haggie and Scheer