Cassandra will be premiering a new chamber opera written and composed by William Clay on August 25th, 2018.
Her character, Lorelai, was inspired by incredible autistic students of the composer, and is actually sung by two mezzo sopranos: one representing her outward facing self, and the other, her inner and perhaps, truer self. It’s been fascinating delving into this character bound by duty, and simultaneously pulled away by her own passion project. Can’t we all relate to that?
Lorelai is a botanist, studying desert plantlife. The modern music beautifully captures the essence of a crowded mind, the allure and harsh realities of the desert, and a desire for harmony within ourselves.
Lorelai is a botanist contracted to study the invasive Bufflegrass, but she dreams of pursuing her own interests--domesticating the iconic Prickly Pear cactus, merging the wildness of the Sonoran Desert with the comforts of the home. Lorelai is passionate, intelligent, and autistic, and faces the task of navigating the acoustically and socially challenging landscape of her two worlds--the lab and the desert.
Lorelai is told from the inside perspective of the title character by the incomparable Mezzo-Soprano duo of Cassandra Cárdenas and Megan Law.
Soprano: Katherine Thilakaratne
Tenor: Vasilli Makavos
Piano: Rosa Logiudice
Flute: Abby Puckett
Vioiln: Emilio Vasquez
Tickets are $15, $10 for students and educators