The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre will soon be performing their own commission and premiere, The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius. The CROT will present a sneak peek in Iowa Public Radio’s Cedar Falls studios! The CROT’s cast features Jessica Pray, Thaddeus Ennen, Nicholas Nestorak, Jhe Russell, Jessica Grigg, Melanie Long, and Alex Soare, with Haley Stamats as Stage Director, and Pedro Yanez at the keyboard. The vocalists will treat us to an hour of operatic hits and several Grant Wood Operas surprises.
Join us for the CROT’s live appearance in Iowa Public Radio’s Cedar Falls studios on Tuesday, April 9th at noon!
Written by Robert Lindsey-Nassif, Jean-Francois Charles, and Michael Ching, The Grant Wood Operas: Strokes of Genius was commissioned by Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre and 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 range from “whimsical, to historical, to experimental.”
The opera explores three different aspects of Grant Wood’s life in three one-act segments.
You can also go to Cedar Rapids and enjoy the world premiere at Theatre Cedar Rapids in Cedar Rapids on April 12-14. To purchase tickets, visit theatrecr.org or call 319-366-8591. See the CROT’s website at www.cr-opera.org for more information.