Monday, October 29, 2007


I love it when something done in one artistic medium becomes inspiration for something in another — case in point: the Edward Hopper exhibit at the National Gallery of Art will be complemented by an opera presented by the University of Maryland. Later the Same Evening: An Opera Inspired by Five Paintings of Edward Hopper runs at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center from November 15-18, and at the National Gallery of Art on December 2.

The music is by Pulitzer Prize–nominated composer John Musto, and the libretto by Mark Campbell. Leon Major, professor of opera at the UM School of Music, directs the production, which will be performed by the School's Maryland Opera Studio and the National Gallery Orchestra.

This sounds like it's going to be fantastic — I can't wait to see how Hopper's paintings are translated into music and put on stage. If anyone wants to come with me to any of the UMD performances let me know. I'd go to the one at the NGA, but will be out of town.

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