Proving Up

Proving Up


Friday, September 28, 2018, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Single Tickets on Sale: Monday July 23, 12pm

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.

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


  • Missy Mazzoli composer
  • Royce Vavrek librettist
  • Christopher Rountree conductor
  • James Darrah production
  • Nathan Troup director
  • Michael Slattery Miles Zegner
  • John Moore Mr. Johannes “Pa” Zegner
  • Talise Trevigne Mrs. Johannes “Ma” Zegner
  • Cree Carico Zegner Daughter, Littler
  • Abigail Nims Zegner Daughter, Taller
  • Andrew Harris The Sodbuster
  • Sam Shapiro Peter Zegner
  • International Contemporary Ensemble

Additional Information

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