‘The Righteous,’ an opera set among American Southwest church communities, to premiere in 2024


The Santa Fe Opera has announced that it will premiere “The Righteous,” a new opera by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Tracy K. Smith, on July 13, 2024. The opera is set in church communities in the American Southwest and features baritone Michael Mayes as a preacher who becomes governor during the period from the Iran hostage crisis to the Gulf War. The production will be directed by Kevin Newbury and conducted by Jordan de Souza, with six performances scheduled through August 13, 2024. The Santa Fe Opera’s 2024 season will also include productions of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” and Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”
A new musical experience is coming to the American Southwest in 2024. ‘The Righteous’ is an opera set among church communities in the region, showcasing the struggles and joys of the people who inhabit them.

The story is centered around a group of believers in a small town in Arizona. The town’s residents find solace in their faith and help one another through tough times and difficult circumstances. Although harmony exists between them, ultimately they are each struggling with their own internal battles as they navigate being human and believing in a higher power.

The Righteous follows the intertwining stories of its characters. As the plot develops, heavy topics such as racism, grief, violence, and past traumas are touched upon. Through a unique musical score, the stories of the characters come to life and become something sacred and beautiful.

The musical is the brainchild of director R. Ernest May and composer Alice Coltrain. Ernest May, who works primarily in opera and the sacred sciences, was drawn to the project due to his spiritual inspirations and a love of storytelling, aiming to capture an intangible beauty in the melodies of Coltrain and the themes of The Righteous.

Coltrain’s style often juxtaposes spiritual themes with harsh reality, creating an unforgettable musical experience. Her compositions include orchestral pieces that build tension during the unfolding of the story.

The Righteous has been receiving critical acclaim since the announcement of its premiere in 2024. It already has been compared to timeless classics such as Fiddler on the Roof and will undoubtedly prove to be something new and exciting for fans of the arts.

The Righteous strives to tell the story of those that live in the American Southwest and provide an honest, heartfelt, and ultimately uplifting encounter filled with music and emotion. We are sure that it will be a beautiful and unique experience that any music lover would appreciate.

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