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New Works Collective 2024

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Experience the future of opera with three all-new 20-minute works!

Last winter, more than 130 artists applied to create new operas with OTSL. Ultimately, just three multi-genre teams were selected by a panel of St. Louis artists, advocates, and community leaders. Now, those three teams are about to prove just how innovative, inclusive, and fun opera can be.

Get ready for a night full of boundary-breaking surprises and joyful voices as we celebrate diverse cultures, stories, and the power of the human spirit!

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Event information

Venue
Kirkwood Performing Arts Center

Planning and Accessibility

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Tickets
$39 – $59

Language
Performed in English

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Unbroken

By Ronald Maurice and J. Mae Barizo

Unbroken tells the resilient journey of Grace, a single mother, and her three sons. Grace loves her children fiercely, but she is sick and wants to prepare them for a possible future without her. Ezra, the oldest son, contemplates what it means to carry on his mother’s legacy and raise his two younger brothers. Grace and her sister, Aunt Susan, must teach the boys to see beauty in the midst of tragedy and to treasure the seeds that we all plant for future generations.

Ronald Maurice

Composer

J. Mae Barizo

Librettist

By J. E. Hernández and Marianna Mott Newirth

Neurodivergence, often invisible to the casual observer, can be deeply misunderstood. In math class, fifth grader Roe struggles to keep up; numbers only make sense to her when they’re a mesmerizing swirl of colors. Her teacher chides her for disrupting class and her mother tells her to try harder, but Roe’s father knows she isn’t doing anything wrong — Roe just has a different way of understanding numbers. In the end, Roe’s parents, teacher, and classmates come to realize the importance of empathy, adaptability, and hidden strengths.

J.E. Hernández

Composer

Marianna Mott Newirth

Librettist

On My Mind

By Jasmine Ariel Barnes and Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Traversing the hardest times with empathy and hope can create the sweetest friendships. Melodee and Lyric are both caregivers for elders in their respective families, struggling to balance their personal and professional duties with the irrepressible longing to laugh, live, and exist without guilt. When their worlds converge, they recognize a kindred spirit in one another. Their budding friendship leads to an unmatched sisterhood where strength, vulnerability, and joy go hand-in-hand.

Jasmine Barnes

Composer

Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton

Librettist

Creative Team

Ronald Maurice

Composer

J. Mae Barizo

Librettist

J.E. Hernández

Composer

Marianna Mott Newirth

Librettist

Jasmine Barnes

Composer

Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton

Librettist

Darwin Aquino

Conductor

Kimille Howard

Stage Director

Cast

Maria Consamus

Amari / Lori / Woman 2

Aaron Crouch

Zion / Child 2 / Ensemble

Helen Zhibing Huang

Roe / Woman 1

Meroë Khalia Adeeb

Grace / Child 1 / Melodee

John Godhard Mburu

Ezra / Child 3 / Ensemble

Jesús Murillo

Uncle John / Child 1 / Man 1

Aaren Rivard

Dean / Ensemble Leader

Krysty Swann

Aunt Susan / Mrs. Waldman / Lyric

Leadership support for the New Works Collective comes from the Mellon Foundation and the Edward Jones Foundation.

Accessibility enhancements for the New Works Collective are made possible by PNC Arts Alive, and in partnership with Different Dynamics, MindsEye, and TLC Interpreting Services LLC.

 

 

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Additional support for the New Works Collective comes from Sara Burke, Annemarie & Matt Schumacher, Susan & David Young, and Dr. Pamela Stuerke.