The Canticle of the Black Madonna

A new opera in two acts

By Ethan Gans-Morse &
Tiziana DellaRovere


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The Canticle of the Black Madonna opened my heart and brought new healing to me, 44 years after I returned from Vietnam. This is a gift that should be shared with the world.”

Bill Ritch, combat veteran, Silver Star recipient, former West Point instructor Read full endorsement

The Canticle of the Black Madonna is that very special kind of art that genuinely helps people who have fallen into desperate isolation. It grabs you and says, ‘You’re not alone; you’re not misunderstood after all; there’s still hope.’ This is the kind of art that saved my life.”

Sean Davis, former SFC, U.S. Army Infantry, Purple Heart Recipient

“With The Canticle of the Black Madonna, you are bringing something to the public that Hollywood can’t show in its true light: the true heart and soul of a family and a man shattered by war.”

Miah Washburn, 1SG, U.S. Army Infantry

“In my career as a professional opera singer, I have premiered countless new works, but none has moved me so deeply as The Canticle of the Black Madonna. This important story of extreme loss and profound love is both timely and timeless. I applaud every note of this opera.”

Pamela South Grammy award-winning, nationally-renowned soprano

“With a unique blend of the sacred and the everyday, The Canticle of the Black Madonna is one of the most original pieces on which I’ve worked. It presents us with a rare opportunity to dramatize one of the greatest challenges facing us as a nation: healing the wounds of a long and difficult war. Fusing ancient musical forms with modern themes, it explores all the archetypes that make for great drama: love, loss, the return from war and the struggle to make sense of suffering.”

Kristine McIntyre, Stage Director, formally with the Metropolitan Opera and the San Francisco Opera, now one of the nation’s leading freelance specialists in premiering contemporary works

“Over the course of my career, I have worked with hundreds of films, operas, theater companies, and ballets, but none have touched me on the level of The Canticle of the Black Madonna. Words cannot describe how moved I was watching this piece. God has blessed you with the insight to produce this opera at this, the right time.”

Mark Stafford, Owner of Stafford Video Productions

“Classical music is often rightly accused of ignoring the here and now. Fortunately, many younger composers are using classical and postclassical forms to help us understand the sometimes-unpleasant realities of the world we live in.”

Brett Campbell, Editor and Cofounder of Oregon ArtsWatch, writing about The Canticle of the Black Madonna composer Ethan Gans-Morse

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