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Dark Sisters
Nico Muhly
Composer Nico Muhly was born in Vermont in 1981 and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a 2003 graduate of Columbia University with a degree in English Literature. In 2004 he received a Masters in Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied composition under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. Muhly's orchestral works have been premiered by the American Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Orchestra (It Remains to Be Seen, a commission celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2006), and the Boston Pops (Wish You Were Here, 2007); and Step Music for the Chicago Symphony MusicNOW program. In 2005, the Clare College Choir broadcast Muhly's evensong canticles live on BBC3, and New York's Saint Thomas Church commissioned and performed his Bright Mass with Canons, a work that has entered their regular repertoire. With designer/illustrator Maira Kalman, he created the "finely wrought" (New York Times) cantata on Strunk & White's The Elements of Style that premiered in the New York Public Library, landing him on 2005 year's-best list of New York magazine. Film credits include his scores for The Reader (2009), Choking Man (2006) and Joshua (2007), and he has worked extensively with Philip Glass as editor, keyboardist, and conductor for numerous film and stage projects. In October 2007, American Ballet Theater premiered Muhly and Millepied's collaboration From Here On Out, and One Thing Leads to Another, the latest collaboration with Benjamin Millepied, will be premiered by the Dutch National Ballet on October 15, 2010. The world premiere of Detailed Instructions, a work for chamber orchestra, was performed in April 2010 by the New York Philharmonic in New York.
Stephen Karam
Librettist Stephen Karam is the author of Speech & Debate which was produced by Roundabout Theatre Company as the inaugural production of Roundabout Underground. Following an extended run in New York, Speech & Debate has received over 80 productions across the U.S. and Canada. Other plays include columbinus at New York Theatre Workshop and Girl on Girl (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep). His work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Dramatic Publishing Company. His new play, Sons of the Prophet, will receive a co-world premiere in 2011 by Huntington/Roundabout Theater Companies. Current projects include the film version of Speech & Debate and Darks Sisters. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, Stephen grew up in Scranton, PA, and received his B.A. from Brown University.
Neal Goren (Conductor)
Rebecca Taichman (Director)
Caitlyn Lynch (Eliza)
Kevin Burdette (Prophet/King)
Jennifer Check (Almera)
Eve Gigliotti (Ruth)
Brenda Harris (Presendia)
Jennifer Zetlan (Zina)
Kristina Bachrach (Lucinda)
November 01, 2011
Gotham Chamber Opera, Music-Theatre Group, Opera Company of Philadelphia
Dark Sisters follows one woman's dangerous attempt to escape her life as a member of the FLDS Church (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints), a sect that split from mainstream Mormonism in the early 20th Century largely because of the LDS Church's renunciation of polygamy. The male founders of the Mormon faith (Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, chief among them) have traditionally loomed large in American history; Dark Sisters puts the women of the FLDS sect front and center. The narrative draws inspiration from the flurry of media attention surrounding the two most infamous raids on FLDS compounds (the 1953 raid at Short Creek, AZ and the 2008 raid at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado, TX) as well as the stories of the over 80 wives of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Set against a red-earthed landscape filled with revelations, dark prophets and white temples stretching towards heaven, Dark Sisters charts one woman's quest for self-discovery in a world where personal identity is forbidden.

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The Opera Fund Awardee Information
2011 Repertoire Development Consortium
Dark Sisters
Opera Company of Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group
Schedule of Performances Listings
Dark Sisters (Muhly)
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - Pittsburgh Opera
Dark Sisters (Muhly)
Friday, October 11, 2013 - Boston University - CFA
Dark Sisters (Muhly)
Friday, June 08, 2012 - Opera Philadelphia
Dark Sisters (Muhly)
Friday, June 08, 2012 - Music-Theatre Group
Dark Sisters (Muhly)
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - Gotham Chamber Opera

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