America’s Opera of the Year?Opera
Music Critics Association of America announces its fifth Opera of the Year award to composer and librettist of “Sweet Land,” originally produced by a scrappy Los Angeles collective called The Industry. The opera, which was streamed from various outdoor locations, presents paired scenes representing opposing views of American history — the European settlers whose stories are celebrated and the indigenous people whose stories were erased. It was composed jointly by Du Yun (pictured) and Raven Chacon, with texts by Aja Couchois Duncan and Douglas Kearney, and co-directed by The Industry’s Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska Luger. Full story is here.
Previous awards given by year, for performances in the previous year: 2020 award – “Blue” by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson; 2019 award – “p r i s m” by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins; 2018 award – “Wake World” by David Hertzberg (music and libretto) and 2017 – “Breaking the Waves” by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek.