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Video Published: 19 Oct 2017

Creators in Concert: Kamala Sankaram

Composer Kamala Sankaram talks about her creative process and presents highlights from her latest vocal works.

Originally recorded on October 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at OPERA America's National Opera Center in New York City as part of OPERA America Onstage.

About Kamala Sankaram

Kamala Sankaram, composer of the operas Thumbprint and The Parksville Murders, has been praised as “strikingly original” by The New York Times. Sankaram has received commissions from organizations like Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Opera Memphis, and has also performed and premiered pieces with Beth Morrison Projects and the Wooster Group, among others. She is the leader of Bombay Rickey, an operatic Bollywood ensemble whose debut recording was named Best Eclectic Album by the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop. As a performer, Sankaram has been hailed as “an impassioned soprano with blazing high notes” (The Wall Street Journal).


Leela Subramaniam, soprano
Lucy Dhegrae, mezzo-soprano
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano
Adrian Rosas, bass-baritone
Mila Henry, piano
Jeff Hudgins, alto saxophone/clarinet
Ed Rosenberg, tenor saxophone/clarinet
Josh Sinton, baritone saxophone/bass clarinet


The Far Shore (2014)

"Scene 2: 'La-BOR-a-t’ry'" from Enchantress (2014)

“Mukhtar’s Aria” from Thumbprint (2014)

"Act 1, Scene 2: 'Scrolling back'" from Looking at You (work in progress)

"Act 2, Scene 1: 'Interrogation'" from Looking at You (work in progress)

OPERA America Onstage is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by grants from the Amphion Foundation and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.