The Canticle of the Black Madonna

A new opera coming to the Newmark Theatre

Portland, Oregon September 5 & 6, 2014

CBM Featured at A.S.A Conference in Toronto

Posted on Oct 23, 2015

CBM Featured at A.S.A Conference in Toronto

The Canticle of the Black Madonna was recently the main subject of a presentation by Dr. Colleen Renihan, professor of music at the University of Guelph, at the American Studies Association annual conference in Toronto, Canada. Her presentation was entitled Listening to Trauma, Singing Trauma, and the Negotiation of PTSD in Contemporary American Opera and explored the treatment of emotional...

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Critical Acclaim for the CBM

Posted on Nov 30, 2014

Critical Acclaim for the CBM

Critics have weighed in on the September, 2014 professional world premiere of The Canticle of the Black Madonna. Critical acclaim has focused on the social relevance of the work, the sensitivity with which it addresses combat PTSD, the excellent performances of the cast, and the effectiveness of the text and music. (Full media kit available here.) James McQuillen, writing for The Oregonian,...

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CBM Premiere Gallery

Posted on Sep 30, 2014

CBM Premiere Gallery

Opening night was a stunning evening of beauty, drama, and excitement. Enjoy this gallery of stunning images from opening night! All images link to high-resolution files.

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An Unforgettable Gala Dinner!

Posted on Aug 10, 2014

An Unforgettable Gala Dinner!

On Saturday, August 9, we hosted a gala dinner at the Sentinel Hotel. With sold-out attendance, we enjoyed incredible food, beautiful prizes, and unforgettable live performances, and we raised nearly $10,000! Pictures...

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Painting PTSD

Posted on Jul 19, 2014

Painting PTSD

The Canticle of the Black Madonna Veterans Service Coordinator, Sean Davis, shares our ongoing community service program to address combat PTSD through painting. This series of workshops is facilitated by Mr. Davis, a former First Sergeant in the US Army Infanty and an Iraq War combat veteran, and Ms. Tiziana DellaRovere, librettist of the opera and cofounder of Anima Mundi Productions.

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How Can an Opera Help Vets with PTSD?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014

How Can an Opera Help Vets with PTSD?

How can an opera help military veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? It’s certainly an unlikely combination, yet when I began composing music for a new opera called The Canticle of the Black Madonna back in 2011, not even I could imagine how profoundly it would affect the military veteran community.

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