"A Hundred Thousand Stars" from "Out of Darkness" (2016)

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance

Jake Heggie, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist

Joseph Mechavich, conductor; Erich Parce, director

Catherine Cook, mezzo- soprano; Caitlin Lynch, soprano; Michael Mayes, baritone; Robert Orth, baritone; Ava Pine, soprano

Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Robin Peery, flute; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Walter Gray, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; Jessica Choe, piano.

The two-act opera is a powerful portrait of survival that conveys the vastness of the scope of the Holocaust through emotionally rich depictions of those caught in its grasp. The first act, titled “Krystyna,” tells the true story of Krystyna Zywulska, whose daring poems became anthems of defiance among her fellow prisoners in Auschwitz. Act Two, “Gad,” explores the fate of homosexuals during the Holocaust through the experience of Gad Beck and Manfred Lewin, two idealistic young lovers in 1930s Berlin whose lives and love were torn apart under Nazi rule.

"Out of Darkness" is MOR's fourth commission with composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer.