The Canticle of the Black Madonna

A new opera coming to the Newmark Theatre

Portland, Oregon September 5 & 6, 2014

A Soldier’s Journey from the Desolation of War
to the Healing Embrace of Love

How can an opera help veterans with combat PTSD?
This video holds the answer

About the Opera

The Canticle of the Black Madonna is a new opera premiering in Portland, Oregon on September 5, 2014. Set in coastal Louisiana amidst the devastation of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, it tells the story of a fictional soldier returning from Afghanistan to his wife. Together, they face the challenges of his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and her struggles to maintain the family business. Through a rich combination of modern and ancient music, The Canticle ultimately reveals the healing power of a primal force of divine love, represented by the Black Madonna, which transforms them both forever and touches all who witness it.

More than an Opera

The Canticle of the Black Madonna is more than a major cultural event. By also offering facilitated workshops, art therapy, guest lectures, and direct involvement of the veteran community, The Canticle is a rallying call to address one of the most urgent social crises of our times, afflicting military and civilian communities alike.

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“You honor me, and my brothers and sisters in arms, with this opera. Please know that as a combat veteran I am truly and deeply touched that you have undertaken such an elusive and misunderstood issue as combat-related PTSD in America today. I am thankful to you all for what you do, and I know my fallen friends would be as well.”

Miah Washburn 1SG, U.S. Army Infantry

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Featured Audio Clips

  • Mara’s Lament

    Mara’s Lament

    The Canticle of the Black Madonna
  • Black Am I and All-Loving

    Black Am I and All-Loving

    The Canticle of the Black Madonna
  • In the Field of Poppies

    In the Field of Poppies

    The Canticle of the Black Madonna
  • To the Land

    To the Land

    The Canticle of the Black Madonna
  • Litany of the Black Madonna

    Litany of the Black Madonna

    The Canticle of the Black Madonna
  • Let There Be Fields of Roses

    Let There Be Fields of Roses

    The Canticle of the Black Madonna
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