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From the Director's Chair: John De Los Santos on "Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun"
From the Director's Chair: John De Los Santos on "Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun"

At this point in my career, it is an exceptionally unique day when I encounter a new score and libretto that leaves me equally fascinated and flabbergasted. Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun is itself an exceptionally unique piece in every aspect. I was fascinated by the staging demands put forth by composer Augusta Read Thomas and librettist Leslie Dunton-Downer, including the title character kicking the sun out of the sky within the opera’s first few minutes, the principal characters questing through a darkened world populated by strange animals, and a beatbox artist being incorporated into the principal cast...

The Power of the Mob
The Power of the Mob

Georges Bizet’s opulent opera The Pearl Fishers is a brilliant showpiece for the lead singers in any production. As is traditional in French grand opera, the chorus also plays a prominent part and is on stage for much of the performance. As the story grows in intensity, the chorus’s rousing ensembles fuel the heat of the score, leaving the more tender vocal exclamations to the principal characters. The villagers portrayed by the chorus create a fully composite character in its own right, playing against the other principals...

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