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The Brightness of Light The Brightness of Light

Composed by Kevin Puts

Conducted by Gemma New

June 18, 2022

West Coast Premiere

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

One iconic duo meets another!

Imagine reading the most beautiful love letters full of poetry, humor, and passion. Now picture them sung on our stage by two of the most talented performers of our time, with a ravishing orchestra behind them. Yeah, the thought takes our breath away too.

Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry return to LA Opera for this touching song cycle by Kevin Puts, which chronicles the romance of iconic artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her mentor-turned-husband Alfred Stieglitz. New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New makes her LAO debut leading the LA Opera Orchestra.

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"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


Kevin Puts
Gemma New
Wendall K. Harrington

The Songs

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The Songs

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.

Company premiere

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