The Two Gay Geeks have a chat with returning guests, Clint Borzoni and John De Los Santos, the Composer and Librettist of the Arizona Opera Commissioned work The Copper Queen. They share a bit about how the opera came to be and share some exciting news about the world premiere.
We look forward to speaking with Clint and John more as the premiere approaches.
Clint Borzoni is the current Composer-in-Residence for Musica Marin, a nonprofit organization that presents, supports and inspires classical music throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He is an award winning composer whose “highly original yet lyrical music…[and] natural gift for melody and harmonic structure” (The Huffington Post) has resulted in international performances and premieres.
He has collaborated with librettist John de los Santos on the opera When Adonis Calls. The lyrical opera (fashioned entirely from the poetry of Gavin Geoffrey Dillard), was selected for inclusion by Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers and Opera America’s New Works Forum. The world premiere at the Asheville Lyric Opera sold out.
Their second collaboration, The Copper Queen, won the Arizona Spark competition, and is being fully commissioned by Arizona Opera. It will open the McDougall RED Series in the 2020/21 Season
Director/choreographer and librettist John de los Santos has been called a “brilliant combination of literary insight and choreographic creativity.” He has staged a range of productions that include opera, musicals, plays, concert, and ballet.
John’s first opera libretto with composer Clint Borzoni, When Adonis Calls, was selected for inclusion in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers showcase, performed in concert by operamission in NYC, and had its world premiere at Asheville Lyric Opera in 2018. John’s new collaboration with Borzoni, The Copper Queen, won the top prize Arizona Opera’s commission program, Arizona SPARK, and will have its world premiere in September of 2020.
The Copper Queen
This project focuses around the cultural lore of a real woman in Arizona history, Julia Lowell – an early 20th century woman who lived at The Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee, Arizona. Ms. Lowell is alleged to haunt the hotel ever since her shocking suicide in the early part of the 20th century. The story is structured in a split narrative between Julia’s own time and a century later. This structure will allow for a contemporary character in the opera to offer their take on the life of this tormented woman, while also seeing simultaneously how Julia Lowell may have dealt with her difficult realities at the time of her death.
As is our mission, the Arizona Opera staff strives to elevate the transformative power of storytelling through the music—cultivating community, strengthening a state and people as adventurous and diverse as the place they call home.
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