Event

Paradises Lost
LIBRETTO BY MARCIA JOHNSON, BASED ON THE NOVELLA BY URSULA K. LE GUIN
MUSIC BY STEPHEN ANDREW TAYLOR

EDUARDO DIAZMUÑOZ, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
ROBERT W. RUMBELOW, CONDUCTOR
RICARDO HERRERA, DIRECTOR

Thursday-Saturday, April 26-28, 2012, at 7:30pm; Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 3pm | Tryon Festival Theatre

School of Music Opera Program Series | What happens when you spend your whole life—entire generations—traveling toward a goal until the endpoint becomes otherworldly and unattainable? As passengers on the starship Discovery are born and die on a trip to colonize a distant planet, their metal-encased universe becomes more tangible to them than Earth, their old home, or their plans to design a society from scratch. Hsing and Luis know their lives will end on board and that the ship’s ultimate destination lies in the hands of future generations, but the followers of Bliss—a religion emerging from the cocoon in space—teaches that the travelers are angels who should remain inside that spaceship heaven for eternity. In this world premiere from University of Illinois composer Stephen Andrew Taylor, a star-faring adventure transforms into an inward journey of conflict and turmoil.

Sung in English with English supertitles

After the world premiere performance on April 26, stay for a discussion inside the theatre with Stephen Andrew Taylor, Marcia Johnson, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

This performance will last approximately 2 hours and 23 minutes.