November 1, 2011 | Opera Philadelphia
Dark Sisters
Composer:Nico Muhly
Librettist:Stephen Karam
Synopsis
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.

Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Vancouver OperaDark Sisters11/26/2015 - 12/12/2015
Pittsburgh OperaDark Sisters1/1/2014 - 2/2/2014
Boston University - CFADark Sisters10/10/2013 - 10/13/2013
Music-Theatre GroupDark Sisters6/6/2012 - 6/17/2012
Opera PhiladelphiaDark Sisters6/6/2012 - 6/13/2012
Gotham Chamber OperaDark Sisters11/10/2011 - 11/18/2011


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
New Works Exploration Grants2012
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2012
New Works Forum Showcase 2011
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2011

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Original Cast
Caitlyn Lynch (Eliza)
Kevin Burdette (Prophet/King)
Jennifer Check (Almera)
Eve Gigliotti (Ruth)
Brenda Harris (Presendia)
Jennifer Zetlan (Zina)
Kristina Bachrach (Lucinda)



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