Proving Up

By Missy Mazzoli & Royce Vavrek

  • Language - Sung in English with projected English titles
  • Running Time - 90 minutes with no intermission

The American dream: the promise of a better life for those who work to achieve it. In this gripping drama, acclaimed composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek explore whether regular, hardworking people are able to fulfill their destiny– and what happens when fate is cruel, and their dreams turn into nightmares. The haunting, supernatural story of Nebraska homesteaders in the 1870s and their dream of “proving up” and obtaining the deed to the land they’ve settled, the opera draws us vividly into a world where the requirement of a single glass window can shatter the hopes and dreams of a family. The Washington Post called Proving Up “harrowing...powerful... a true opera of our time.”

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Adapted from the short story “Proving Up”  by Karen Russell Co-commissioned by Washington National Opera, Opera Omaha and Miller Theater at Columbia University. ©2018 G. Schirmer, Inc.

Production photos: Opera Omaha/Proving Up 2018