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Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun, by composer Augusta Read Thomas and librettist Leslie Dunton-Downer, follows the galactic mishaps caused by the title character, Sweet Potato, and a journey to set things back on course. Featuring a cast that includes beatbox artist Nicole Paris, this work explores opera’s ability to intersect with other art forms, while also offering contemporary storytelling for today’s audiences.
Please note that this event takes place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
October 26, 2019, 6:00 PM
The Lensic Performing Arts Center
Augusta Read Thomas
A consortium of opera companies led by Santa Fe Opera in association with San Francisco Opera that includes: Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Minnesota Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Sarasota Opera and Seattle Opera
This project made possible by generous funding from
The Melville Hankins Family Foundation, Kay Bucksbaum, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and an Innovation Grant from OPERA America
90 minutes, no intermission
For more information or group sales:800-280-4654
"'Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun' is, at its core, an opera with the inner life of a captured improvisation. I am calling for ALL artists to react to one another in real time, spontaneously — and not in any stylized manner — making every performance of 'Sweet Potato' full of life and inner flow — and each performance, even by the same artists, a little different from any other performance of it."
Composer Augusta Read Thomas
Special Guest Artist
Briana Elyse Hunter
Grandfather Beekeeper/Grandmother Seed-keeper
Rachel de la Torre
Augusta Read Thomas
Music Director and Chorus Master
John de Los Santos
Liliana Duque Piñeiro