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The First Bluebird in the Morning The First Bluebird in the Morning

Composed by Carlos Simon, with verses by Sandra Seaton

A new Digital Short from composer Carlos Simon and poet Sandra Seaton

"This piece is a soliloquy of sorts from the perspective of an inmate experiencing life as a prisoner while finding hope and solace in the freedom of a bluebird. I’ve composed dark, brooding music to represent the mundane life of prison, which transforms later into a vibrant dance when the inmate gazes and admires the colorful bird.”

Composer Carlos Simon

The First Bluebird in the Morning is composer Carlos Simon's newly-commissioned setting of verses by Sandra Seatonsobering, heartfelt and moving. 

Shot in stunning black and white, the film is created by director and choreographer Jamar Roberts. In a breathtaking performance, solo dancer Lloyd Knight, a principal dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company, brings life and movement to the piece in combination with the voice of tenor Joshua Blue (who will make his mainstage LA Opera debut later this season in St. Matthew Passion).

Premiering Friday, September 24, 2021 at 5pm (PST)

Artists

Composer
Carlos Simon
Director / Choreographer
Jamar Roberts
Dancer
Lloyd Knight
Tenor
Joshua Blue
Cello
Anja Wood
Piano
Howard Watkins

Carlos Simon: A Note

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Carlos Simon: A Note

This project is generously supported by a consortium of donors to LA Opera's Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Nancy and Barry Sanders.

Carlos Simon's "music opens out words into larger, ineffable vistas."

Matthew GuerrieriThe Washington Post
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