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Article Published: 06 Jul 2023

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Astronaut Jessica Meir, who participated in the first all-female spacewalk in 2019, is one of the only people on or off the planet to have played her high school piccolo on the International Space Station. Her melody of choice? The theme from Star Wars, of course. Back on Earth, composer Jennifer Jolley, who heard that performance, is turning Meir’s famous walk into an opera in seven vignettes, one for each hour of the NASA broadcast that accompanied the walk.

This article was published in the Summer 2023 issue of Opera America Magazine.

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