Opera Theater Oregon presents This Land Sings: Songs of Wandering, Love and Protest Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie. OTO’s production features Grammy® award-winning composer Michael Daugherty’s 2016 song cycle for soprano, baritone, radio announcer and ensemble, blending original lyrics with music that often draws from the simple, yet enduring folk melodies that Guthrie would rework into his own songs. Conceived as a Depression-era radio program, Daugherty’s stylistically eclectic work weaves the political, social, and environmental themes of Woody Guthrie’s era with poignant and contemporary relevance. Also on the program is an emerging and rising voice in opera, composer Michael Lanci’s award-winning Songs for Joe Hill, inspired by the protest songs of 19th Century labor activist Joe Hill. OTO’s presentation will be the NW premiere of these works!
Look forward to performances by Hannah Penn, Daniel Mobbs, Helen Huang and OTO directors Nicholas Meyer, Lisa Lipton and Justin Ralls with stage direction by Julia Bray – with a special appearance by Portland’s very own progressive talk radio host, Thom Hartmann as our radio announcer. Stay tuned for updates in the weeks to come!
Sung in English
Duration: Approx. 2 HRS with Intermission
Saturday, August 24, at 7:30pm
Sunday, August 25, at 3:00pm
Alberta Rose Theatre | 3000 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211