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Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun

opera (2017)


Large oblong folio (483 x 1499 mm; 19″ x 59″); two sheets taped together to make one large leaf. Executed in brightly colored inks on beige paper. Incorporating several images of buildings, etc., laid down. Signed by composer at lower right corner.

Together with scenic arcs map and sketch map of form. Oblong folios (ca. 280 x 430 mm). Both executed in black and bright multi-coloured inks.

Commissioned by a consortium of opera companies led by the Santa Fe Opera in association with the San Francisco Opera and including the Opera of Kansas City, the Minnesota Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Sarasota Opera, and the Seattle Opera. Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun was premiered on 26 October 2019 by the Santa Fe Opera at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, Carmen Flórez-Mansi conducting. 

“SPKTS is, at its core, an opera with the inner life of a captured improvisation.  I am calling for ALL artists react to one another in real time, spontaneously – and not in any stylized manner – making every performance of SPKTS full of life and inner-flow — and each performance, even by the same artists, a little different from any other performance of it.”

“In the opera, Nicole, the special guest artist, beatboxes and sings. The other vocalists sing and, from time to time, develop a wide variety of vocalizations akin to beatboxing. As such, the opera organically unfolds a sound world where different musical traditions crisscross and are deeply integrated.” augustareadthomas.com


Published by J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians

J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians was established in 1977 by John and Jude Lubrano. Since that time, the firm has come to be recognized as one of the leading international antiquarian dealers in the specialities of Music and Dance.

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