The Canticle of the Black Madonna

A new opera coming to the Newmark Theatre

Portland, Oregon September 5 & 6, 2014

The Composer and the Librettist

Ethan Gans-Morse

Ethan-headComposer Ethan Gans-Morse is the Executive Director of Anima Mundi Productions and the founder of the Ambrosia Ensemble. His works have been performed by numerous ensembles, including the Portland Vocal Consort (winner of the 2010 Composer Competition), Chorus Austin, the American Creators Ensemble, the Quartetto Indaco, the Fireworks Ensemble, and the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and his music has been presented and premiered at numerous concert series, including the Music Today Festival, the Vanguard Concert Series, the Oregon Composers Forum, the highSCORE Festival (Pavia, Italy), the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium (Eugene, Oregon), the Instrumenta Oaxaca Festival (Oaxaca, Mexico), and the Ashland Winter Fine Arts Festival (Ashland, Oregon). His work brings together his love of Renaissance and Baroque music with his passion for new, socially relevant works of art that inspire a sense of human connection.

Ethan holds a Masters degree in music composition from the University of Oregon and a Bachelors degree in music and linguistics from Macalester College.

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Tiziana DellaRovere

tiziana-headThe story, libretto, and poetry of the Canticle of the Black Madonna were created by author, artist, mystical poet, and teacher Tiziana DellaRovere. Tiziana’s libretto draws on classical elements, such as the Greek Chorus and the archetype of the warrior articulated in Homer’s Odyssey, while interweaving contemporary influences such as Jungian psychology, groundbreaking research in PTSD, and current events of the last five years.

In addition to her work as a creative artist, Tiziana has dedicated more than three decades to creating, developing, and practicing a methodology called the “Descent” for healing the wounding of the deep psyche. Through this process, through her spiritual teachings, called “Adorata,” and through the countless workshops, courses, private sessions, and organizations she has founded, Tiziana has facilitated the healing of thousands of people.

Born in Milan, Italy, Tiziana studied at the University of Milan (Law), the California College of Arts and Crafts (Painting and Sculpture), San Francisco State University (Clinical Psychology), and seminary at the Liberal Church of Antioch, where she was among the first women ordained as a priest. She is the author of Adorata: The Path of EnlovementThe Adorata Codes of Love, and Sacred Fire: Rites of Passage and Rituals of Worship.

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