The past doesn't control us. But it never leaves us.
Tenor Russell Thomas, LA Opera's Artist in Residence, premieres a major new commission: a deeply personal, evening-length concert work created expressly for him by the Emmy Award-winning composer Joel Thompson with an original libretto by the celebrated poet Imani Tolliver.
With Resident Conductor Lina González-Granados leading the LA Opera Orchestra, Fire and Blue Sky traces the origin story of an artist, a probing reflection on painful memories, deeply embedded, that reverberate into the present day.
The concert will also feature an orchestral suite from Joel Thompson's opera, The Snowy Day.
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“There’s no arguing about the beauty of Thomas’ voice and the ease with which it soars,”
“Tenor Russell Thomas turned agony and idealism into a gripping portrayal of the human spirit stretched to the limits.”
“Thompson’s music is alive and inquisitive, in constant dialogue with itself and the text.”
Listen to Joel Thompson's earlier acclaimed work "Seven Last Words of the Unarmed" below: