Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun

Please note that this event takes place at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in downtown Santa Fe. Additionally, tickets are not yet on sale.

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. Tickets are not yet on sale.


World Premiere

October 26, 2019, 6:00 PM

Performance Venue

The Lensic Performing Arts Center

Music by

Augusta Read Thomas

Libretto by

Leslie Dunton-Downer

Sung In

English

Commissioned by

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, The Andrew Mellon Foundation and an Innovation Grant from OPERA America

Running time

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

Artists

Amy Owens
Amy Owens

Sweet Potato

Nicole Paris
Nicole Paris

Special Guest Artist

Dominik Belavy
Dominik Belavy

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Briana Elyse Hunter
Briana Elyse Hunter

Grandfather Beekeeper/Grandmother Seed-keeper

Augusta Read Thomas
Augusta Read Thomas

Composer

Leslie Dunton-Downer
Leslie Dunton-Downer

Librettist

Carolyn Kuan
Carolyn Kuan

Music Director

Conrad Chu
Conrad Chu

Assistant Music Director

John de Los Santos
John de Los Santos

Director

Liliana Duque Piñeiro
Liliana Duque Piñeiro

Scenic Design

Ashley Soliman
Ashley Soliman

Costume Design

Noele Stollmack
Noele Stollmack

Lighting/Projection Design

Carmen Flórez-Mansi
Carmen Flórez-Mansi

Chorus Master