The Canticle of the Black Madonna: A Soldier’s Journey is an original opera by librettist Tiziana DellaRovere and composer Ethan Gans-Morse featuring six principal characters, chorus, large chamber orchestra, and elaborate masks and costumes. Set in Louisiana in 2010, this potent story chronicles the journey of an American soldier returning from Afghanistan with PTSD as he struggles with his shattered soul, his strained marriage, and the crumbling economy in the wake of the Gulf Oil Spill, while his wife faces courageous sacrifices to stand by the man she loves amidst an ecological disaster which radically changes their lives.
Through a rich combination of modern opera and ancient oratorio, The Canticle of the Black Madonna reveals the healing power of their encounter with an ancient, primal force of divine love, represented by the Black Madonna, which transforms them both forever and touches all who witness it.
After a year of successful workshops, The Canticle of the Black Madonna: A Soldier’s Journey will have its world premiere in Portland, Oregon in the Newmark Theatre in the Portland Center for the Performing Arts on September 5th and 6th, 2014. This production will serve as the culmination of a series of social service, public policy, and arts and cultural events oriented toward facing the challenges of combat-related PTSD for the tens of thousands of servicemen and women redeploying from Afghanistan in 2014.
In the weeks to come, we will be revealing some very exciting information regarding the casting and production of the opera itself as well as ways that you can get involved in serving the veteran community by raising awareness of combat-related PTSD. Please take a moment to sign up for our email newsletters. Our correspondences are crafted with loving care and we will never share your information with anyone for any reason.