January 19, 2018 | Washington National Opera
Proving Up
Composer:Missy Mazzoli
Librettist:Royce Vavrek
Synopsis
Based on a coming-of-age short story by Karen Russell, Proving Up depicts a group of Nebraska families who struggle to claim their land under the Homestead Act of 1862. In order to meet one of the requirements of the Act, or “prove up,” their homes must each have at least one glass window. Unable to afford such a luxury, the families recruit young Miles Zegner to ferry a single window from one home to the next, each time the inspector visits. This co-commission with Opera Omaha and the Miller Theatre at Columbia University will be presented as part of Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative.

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Opera OmahaProving Up4/13/2018 - 4/22/2018


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Opera Grants for Female Composers: Commissioning Grants2017
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2017

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