Dust Bowl O' Opera

For the few (probably very few?) of you sharing my obsession with modern American opera: tonight’s Raking Through Books event features composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Michael Korie, the folks responsible for adapting the Minnesota Opera‘s world premiere of the Grapes of Wrath opera, opening early next month. At first, I thought this seemed like a strange choice for an opera. But then again, when I surveyed the latest in modern American opera–historic ones like Nixon in China and Dr. Atomic as well as literary adaptations like The Handmaid’s Tale, I could sort of imagine the Dust Bowl opera. Now, let’s see if Gordon and Korie can further explain themselves. Did I mention there’s free nosh at this event?