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Hear ‘Proving Up’ Again

In 2017, Miller Theatre co-commissioned (with Washington National Opera and Opera Omaha) the chamber opera Proving Up by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek based on the short story by Karen Russell. The opera received rave reviews, and this past summer it received its debut recording on the Pentatone label, featuring the original cast.

Experience, again, this powerful opera in a recording that “crackles with energy” (San Francisco Classical Voice).

Featuring: Michael Slattery, Talise Trevigne, John Moore, Andrew Harris, Cree Carrico, and Abigail Nims, with International Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Christopher Rountree.


"Mazzoli’s Proving Up is one of the most successful and striking of a new generation of American operas…”  —Grammophone

Proving Up was the first production of Miller's new Chamber Opera Commissioning Initiative, which was created to contribute meaningfully to the American opera landscape, provide composers with an opportunity to create significant new work, and increase audience engagement with contemporary opera.

Photo by Rob Davidson

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Photo by Matt Zugale for Miller Theatre