Proving Up
Program Notes

American Dreamers: Making Proving Up into an Opera

No matter where we were born and what our circumstances, each one of us has an American Dream. It might...

Proving Up


Friday, September 28, 2018, 8pm

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Music by Missy Mazzoli
Libretto by Royce Vavrek
Adapted from the short story Proving Up by Karen Russell
Co-commissioned by Washington National Opera, Opera Omaha, and Miller Theatre at Columbia University
© 2018 G. Schirmer Inc.
In a new production by Opera Omaha

Composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek thrilled audiences and critics alike in 2016 with the premiere of their opera Breaking the Waves. This dynamic creative duo reunites for Proving Up, a harrowing tale of a family's pursuit of the American Dream set in post-Civil War Nebraska. Miller's 30th Anniversary Season opens with the New York premiere of this chamber opera that is by turns optimistic, exultant, and menacing.


Learn more about the opera, creative team, and cast.


Additional performance: Wednesday, September 26, 8:00 p.m.

Additional Information

This performance is currently sold out, but tickets may be available on standby. A standby line will form at 6 p.m. on the night of the performance and any available seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, for that evening's performance only. Discounts (including senior and student pricing) do not apply for standby sales; all standby tickets will be $75; $55; $40 each. 

Major support for Proving Up is provided by Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and H.F. Lenfest Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation

Photo by James Matthew Daniel, courtesy of Opera Omaha