Premiere of Youth Opera, Searching the Painted Sky
Searching the Painted Sky
Music by Martha Hill Duncan
Story and Libretto by Janet Windeler Ryan
An original opera written for the Youth Opera of El Paso, Premiered in New York City, at the National Opera Convention, January, 2014
Check out the new collection of selected vocal solos from Searching the Painted Sky.
Imagine my thrill at being invited to write an opera for a youth opera company out of El Paso, Texas. Director Kimberley Wolfenbarger-Nakamoto had been using my Singing in the Northland art songs in her vocal studio and had a strong feeling that there was an opera somewhere in this composer. Yes, I thought so, too, but that would take a lot of courage, time and a great story. Enter my favourite poet (soon to be librettist) Janet Windeler Ryan. The highlight of this musical and creative journey was seeing this group travel to New York City and premiere it. Another great part of this journey was getting to work with these enthusiastic young people in El Paso, Texas. I got to conduct the group in several rehearsals, work with the leads individually, shaping their lines to suit each of them, meet their families, eat countless wonderful meals and tour their beautiful city. This composing gig is looking better and better. Below you can hear The Youth Opera of El Paso perform As Morning Opens. M.H. Duncan, 2014