World Premiere: Washington National Opera, American Opera Initiative
Composer: Missy Mazzoli
Librettist: Royce Vavrek
Stage Director: Alison Moritz
Conductor: Christopher Rountree
A group of Nebraska families struggles to claim their land under the Homestead Act in this world premiere opera from composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek (Opera Philadelphia's huge success story Breaking the Waves) based on a coming-of-age short story by Karen Russell.