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The Second Sight

Sunday, June 27, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The world premiere of ‘The Second Sight’, an opera in three acts by composer and librettist Jessie Downs composed for her PhD in Music Composition at the University of Buffalo. Directed by Nickel City Opera’s Artistic Director, Valerian Ruminski, Samantha Morrow as Creative Director and conducted by Matthew Chamberlain. This production has been rescheduled from 2020.

‘The Second Sight’ is a mythic tale exploring the spiritual connections between generations of women as developed through the experience of grief. The music conjures mystical spaces and psychological dramas utilizing a sound palette inspired by a combination of bel canto, folk and experimental music. The story centers around Diskana, a young woman with clairvoyant ability called "second sight” who foresees the death of a young child (Sashatya) feeling the pain of the child's grieving mother (Freyaria). Diskana vows to defy fate attempting to intervene to prevent the child's death. Supernatural forces ultimately weave together the lives of mystic, mother and child in unexpected ways.

The production features mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo as Diskana, soprano Claudia Brown as Freyaria, composer Jessie Downs as Sashatya with members of the Sotto Voce Vocal Collective: Julia Anne Cordani and Suzanne Fatta with Stephen Walley and Brandon Mecklenberg as meddling Spirits.

Cost: $25
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