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Mary Alice Rich (left) wrote the music and two-act libretto for the opera “Wading Home,” based on her friend Roslyn Story’s novel, written five years after Hurricane Katrina.
On March 31, 2015 AfriClassical posted:
Composer and violinist Mary Alice Rich wrote the music and two-act libretto based on the novel Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans, which her friend and fellow Dallas violinist Roslyn Story wrote five years after the August 2005 storm.
The production will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. in the downtown Dallas Arts District. The work was first presented April 2 at Performance Hall.
Story had expressed hope that the debut would lead to future stagings here and in other cities. The premiere should be “just the beginning … [that] will live far beyond this first performance,” she said.
Her hope is being realized with two New Orleans performances in collaboration with Loyola University, OperaCréole and some Southern Methodist University students and faculty members.
Those performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 and at 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at Roussel Hall on the Loyola campus.
The opera also should convey that hundreds of resilient Katrina families still need help, Story wrote. The Dallas cast and crew include local singers Donnie Ray Albert, Leon Turner and Bronwen Forbay.
To learn more, visit www.smu.edu/Meadows/NewsAndEvents/News/2015/150818-WadingHomeOpera or call 214-768-3580.