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Upon this handful of earth (world premiere opera)

  • Church of St. Ignatius Loyola 980 Park Avenue New York, NY 10028 US (map)

Jarrett Ott, baritone  The Priest
Nadia Petrella, soprano  The Young Woman
John Tiranno, tenor  The Young Man
Sara Murphy, mezzo-soprano  The Wife
Kenneth Overton, baritone  The Businessman
Choir, Children's Choir and Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola
K. Scott Warren, conductor

In honor of the publication of "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' recent encyclical about the environment, SMSS and The New York Opera Society (NYOS) have commissioned a new chamber opera from renowned Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk and librettist Aksel-Otto Bull based on the writings of Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. 

Inspired by and featuring Teilhard’s “Mass on the World,” Kverndokk’s opera tells the stories of people whose lives have been irrevocably altered by environmental catastrophes: Chernobyl, the tsunamis, pollution and climate change. The work offers a hopeful, empowering meditation on the way forward from the human and environmental toll of these events. 

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Later Event: April 5
Wine and Song