Joan of the CIty

From score to floor: opera from the ground up

By the time an opera production hits the stage, composers and performers have spent years transforming theatrical ideas and music. The interactive CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW)—part of the Eklund Opera Program—features CU Boulder singers in new works on their way to professional world premieres.

Specifically, CU NOW is a three-week (June 1-19, 2022) session for student singers and composers to collaborate and workshop both their own pieces and works by new opera professionals. Diverse composer Kamala Sankaram—who has made a name for herself composing unique works utilizing unconventional methods and ideas, including exploring the interplay of singers with electronic and digital music—will join CU NOW this summer. A public performance of Sankaram’s "Joan of the City" opera will take place on June 19, 3 p.m. in the Music Theatre.

"Joan of the City" is a site-specific, mixed reality opera for five voices, four instrumentalists and software app that augments reality/mixed reality to tell the story of a modern-day Joan of Arc.

Expect exciting insights into the creative process when you experience opera from the ground up at CU NOW! And be sure to check out the CU NOW Composer Fellows’ Initiative.