“As powerful as it is bleak, it cannot leave audiences cold.” (Washington Post)



World Premiere, New Production

Washington National Opera, 2018

Composer: Missy Mazzoli

Librettist: Royce Vavrek

Director: Alison Moritz

Conductor: Christopher Rountree

Costume Design: Lynley Saunders

Lighting Design: AJ Guban

Photo Credit: Scott Suchmann

A stark and eerie look at the cost of the American dream…

PROVING UP tells the story of a family of Nebraskan settlers hoping to "prove up" and claim their land as part of the Homestead Act.

“The production, under the astute guidance of director Alison Moritz, made imaginative use of a minimally appointed stage enhanced by A.J. Guban's sensitive lighting.” (Opera News)

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“… Mysterious, mesmerizing, startling in moments, and highly atmospheric.” (DC Theatre Scene)