Experiments in Opera for the release of a new ten-part video opera series “Everything for Dawn”
Experiments in Opera (EiO) will release a 10-episode serial video opera titled “Everything for Dawn”.
The series will have its one-night-only “Opening Night” screening of all ten episodes at Anthology of Film Archives on October 1, 2022, after which it will stream for free on All Arts beginning October 7, 2022.
The series is a coming-of-age story set in the 1990s and tells the story of Dawn, a young woman who, after her father’s suicide, discovers a box of his paintings. The artwork gains prominence as “foreign art” and his personal tragedy becomes public.
EiO began the series in 2018 with the plot and characters developed in EiO’s Writer’s Room, an initiative that brings together authors, playwrights and librettists to create new operas. The release of a 10-episode series coincides with the company’s celebration of its 10th anniversary. During the decade, EiO produced 85 new opera works by 55 composers.
Voice artists featured in the series include baritones Aaron Engebreth and Joshua Conyers, mezzo-sopranos Sishel Claverie and Eliza Bonet, and sopranos Maggie Finnegan, Laura Strickling and Meroë Khalia Adeeb.
The creative team includes Alison Moritz (director), Eric Thomas Payton (cinematographer), Jean Kim (production designer), Stacey Boggs (lighting director), Jeff Cook (sound engineer), David Bloom (music director) and Travis Ford. (Editor).
The episodes of “Everything for Dawn” are as follows. Episodes 1-3, set in 1997, take place in a house in suburban Detroit, where a college-aged girl (Dawn) and her mother (Gloria) discover a box of paintings from their father/husband ( Mac) recently deceased. Episodes 4-7, set in 1995, travel back in time to the mental health facility the father was in before his death, and Episodes 8-10, set in 2001, pick up after the end of episode 3 when the art world hails the father as an art brut star.