"So Many Died" from "After Life" (2015)

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance

Tom Cipullo, composer; David Mason, librettist

Catherine Cook, mezzo soprano; Robert Orth, baritone; Ava Pine, soprano; Erich Parce, stage director; Stillian Kirov, conductor; MOR Ensemble

May 11, 2015 at Benaroya Hall, Seattle

Tom Cipullo's contemporary opera After Life explores the role of art in a troubled world and poses weighty questions about the artist's duty in confronting inhumanity. David Mason's libretto imagines an encounter between the ghosts of Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein, who reveal both their brilliance and their human flaws.