Live Broadcast Of The Grant Wood Operas

Apr 12, 2019

IPR Classical’s Performance Iowa will be doing a live broadcast of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s world-premiere of The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius performance on Sunday, April 14th at 2 p.m.

Written by Robert Lindsey-Nassif, Jean-Francois Charles, and Michael Ching, The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius was inspired by the work and life of Cedar Rapids native, artist Grant Wood. Robert Lindsey-Nassif, Jean-Francois Charles, and Michael Ching are all Iowa-based composers and each of their unique pieces make up the opera. Their works for the opera range from “whimsical, to historical, to experimental.” The opera explores three different aspects of Grant Wood’s life in three one-act works which are performed as a whole.

The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre describes the project as “a logical connection between visual art, words, and the human voice.” In addition, “it also acknowledges our community’s fondness for its esteemed son, Grant Wood.”

The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius is a humorous, sad, and heartwarming depiction of artist Grant Wood’s life. Tune in on Sunday, April 14th at 2 p.m. or visit the opera to see it for yourself.

For more information on the CROT’s upcoming world-premiere and to buy tickets, visit www.theatrecr.org, go to the Theatre Cedar Rapids box office, or call 319-366-8591.

Performances run April 12th and April 13th at 7:30 p.m. and the April 14th performance starts at 2 p.m. at Theatre Cedar Rapids in Cedar Rapids.

Pictured above: 

Left: Jessica Grigg, mezzo-soprano; Banker's Wife in Eight Woods and a Van

Middle: Melanie Long, mezzo-soprano; Fan Prescott in Eight Woods and a Van

Right: Alex Soare, bass-baritone; Sultry Night Farmhand in Eight Woods and a Van

Back of head right: IPR's Co-host, University of Iowa's Karen Wachsmuth, Ph.D.; Associate Director, International Fellowships and Fulbright U.S. Student Program Advisor and Scholar Liaison

Back of head left: IPR's Jacqueline Halboom