Shepherd School Opera Production
The Shepherd School Opera & Chamber Orchestra presents a modern twist with an American double bill featuring Taking Up Serpents (2019) by Kamala Sankaram and librettist Jerre Dye and Proving Up (2018) by Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek.
Taking up Serpents is an exploration of faith, both as it relates to religion and family. The story centers around 25-year-old Kayla, who is the estranged daughter of a fire-and-brimstone preacher who was dangerously bitten by one of his own snakes. Kayla’s journey home forces her to confront her troubled upbringing. Shepherd School Opera will present the second production of this new work, which premiered in January 2019.
Based on a short story by acclaimed author Karen Russell, Proving Up is an opera about the American Dream, and the possible tragic consequences of its pursuit even when people do everything right. Told through the story of Nebraskan homesteaders in the 1870s, this powerful work has already received multiple productions less than two years after its premiere.