Created by Oregon composer Ethan Gans-Morse and librettist Tiziana DellaRovere, “The Canticle of the Black Madonna” is a moving new opera that tells the story of a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) returning from Afghanistan to his wife during the devastating 2010 Gulf Oil Spill in coastal Louisiana. It explores the healing power of transformation through divine love, embodied by the Black Madonna. “The Canticle of the Black Madonna” premiered in September 2014 at Portland’s Newmark Theatre, with an all-professional cast under nationally-renowned director Kristine McIntyre, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera.
This April, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will host two screenings of “The Canticle of the Black Madonna,” filmed during the 2014 premiere. On Saturday, April 14, there will be a special preview talk with Gans-Morse and DellaRovere at 6 pm, followed by the screening at 7 pm. On Sunday, April 15, the screening will begin at 2 pm and will be followed by an open discussion moderated by LCCC staff. Admission is free.
“In my career as a professional opera singer, I have premiered countless new works, but none has moved me so deeply as The Canticle of the Black Madonna,” said Pamela South, Grammy-Award winning soprano.
In September 2018, the LCCC was the venue of the world premiere of “Tango of the White Gardenia,” also created by the team of Gans-Morse and DellaRovere, For more information, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994 or head to canticleoftheblackmadonna.com.