Operas Ripped from the Headlines
Annotation:by Thomas Ades, based on the real life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, whose scandalous divorce in the 1960s earned her the nickname "The Dirty Duchess"
Annotation:by John Adams, based on the hijacking of the passenger liner Achille Lauro by the PLO, and the resulting murder of Jewish-American passenger Leon Klinghoffer.
Annotation:by Michael Daugherty. Chamber opera inspired by music and popular culture of the 1960s and episodes in the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Annotation:by Philip Glass. The second in the Portrait Trilogy. The title refers to Gandhi's concept of non-violent resistance. The text, from the Baghavad Gita, is sung in the original Sanskrit.
Annotation:The first in the thematically-related Portrait Trilogy, portraits of men whose personal vision transformed the thinking of their times through the power of ideas, rather than military force.
Annotation:Written by Michael Sturminger, music by Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Boccherini, and Weber, and featuring actor John Malkovich. This is about Austrian serial murderer Jack Unterweger, who became famous for his autobiography and plays, written in prison.
Annotation:About Dorothy Stang, the American-born nun, murdered in the Amazon Basin of Brazil. She had worked on behalf of the poor and the environment, and had received death threats from loggers and landowners.
Annotation:by Stewart Wallace, about the assassination of gay rights icon Harvey Milk.