Amazing Grace
Composer: Chris Pratorius
Composer Bio: Chris Pratorius-Gómez is a composer and pianist based in Santa Cruz, California. He has written pieces for solo voice, choir, chamber ensembles, orchestra and electronic media that have been performed in San Francisco, Istanbul, New York, Guatemala and other spots around the world. A recent highlight is Claroscuro en Flor, a concerto for harp commissioned by the American Harp Society and San José Chamber Orchestra which saw its premiere in 2013. As composer-in-residence for Opera Parallèle, he is currently writing a trio of children's operas for their Hands-on-Opera educational program. The first opera, My Head is Full of Colors, premiered in 2014, and the second, Amazing Grace, is slated to open fall 2015 in San Francisco. Pratorius-Gómez teaches theory, history, composition and piano at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at Cal State Monterey Bay.
Librettist: Brian Staufenbiel
Librettist Bio: Cross-disciplinary director, designer BRIAN STAUFENBIEL is Opera Parallèle’s Creative Director and Stage Director for whom he has helmed the direction and design of the companies’ critically acclaimed productions since 2007. His adventurous stagecraft has won critical acclaim for the company's productions — among them the recent world premiere of the reorchestration of John Harbison's The Great Gatsby and the West Coast premiere of John Rea's reorchestration of Alban Berg's Wozzeck. His cross-disciplinary staging of Philip Glass' Orphée (2011) wove cirque acrobatics, kinetic staging, and floating film projections into a surrealistic tapestry. Recently he directed Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar, Barber's Trouble in Tahiti and Schoënberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Staufenbiel has directed many world premiere performances including the final version of Lou Harrison's Young Caesar, Luciano Chessa's A Heavenly Act in collaboration with SanFrancisco/Museum of Modern Art, and Allen Shearer's The Dawn Makers. Last year he directed the American Premiere of Adam Gorb's Anya 17, Francis Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias, Kurt Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel and Kirke Mechem's Tartuffe. He is currently working on a new productions of Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and an American premier of Tarik O’Regan’s Heart of Darkness, Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince, and a new production of Luna Woolf’s Angel Heart.
Premiere Date: November 12, 2015
Description: Grace loves stories. She loves listening to them, she loves reading them, and she loves making them up.  Most of all, Grace loves to act them out – and she has always given herself the most exciting role.
So when her class decides to put on a play of Peter Pan, Grace knows exactly which part she wants. But her classmates don’t understand – how can a girl be Peter Pan? When her Nana tells her a true story of her Aunt Janet, based on the life of Janet Collins, the first African American to be a principal ballerina for the Metropolitan Opera, Grace’s confidence is restored and she sets out to prove she can do anything she puts her mind to… and the results are amazing indeed!
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
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