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The Brightness of Light The Brightness of Light

Composed by Kevin Puts

Conducted by James Conlon

May 16, 2021

West Coast Premiere

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

A not-to-be-missed concert event!

Iconic artist Georgia O’Keeffe wrote countless letters—full of poetry, humor and passion—to her mentor and eventual husband Alfred Stieglitz. A ravishing new orchestral song cycle by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts chronicles a great artist’s turn from a painful marriage to embrace her work and the desert she cherishes.

Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry, two of LAO's favorite soloists, are joined by James Conlon, conducting the LA Opera Orchestra.

Tickets currently available when you buy as part of a 2020/21 package.

"Puts gives us a riot of effects and moods that lend technicolor vividness to the wide-ranging settings in the text."

Washington Classical Review


Renée Fleming
Rod Gilfry

Creative Team

Kevin Puts
James Conlon
Wendall K. Harrington

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The Brightness of Light

Introduction (Ms. Fleming)
First Correspondence (Ms. Fleming and Mr. Gilfry)
A Soul Like Yours (Mr. Gilfry)
Ache (Ms. Fleming and Mr. Gilfry)
Georgia and Alfred (Orchestral Interlude No. 1)
Violin (Ms. Fleming)
Faraway (Mr. Gilfry)
Taos (Ms. Fleming)
The Thing You Call Holy (Ms. Fleming and Mr. Gilfry)
The High Priestess of the Desert (Orchestral Interlude No. 2)
Friends (Ms. Fleming)
Sunset (Ms. Fleming)

Text excerpts from the letters by Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz used and reprinted by permission of the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. All rights reserved.

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