Theo Popov's TOWN HALL Opera Performed in One Act

Theo Popov's TOWN HALL Opera Performed in One Act

Friday, March 1, 2019

KHN Alumnus (2018), Composer Theo Popov announces March events and performances for his new Opera in One Act, TOWN HALL.

Dramatic Vocal Arts Opera at Willamette University:

March 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

March 8, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

March 9, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

March 10, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

TOWN HALL was also performed over this last weekend via ALT Alumni: Composers And Librettists In Concert at The Morgan Library and Museum in New York, NY.

Background and synopsis of the work, provided by E.M. Lewis, Librettist and Theo Popov, Composer:

In a small town, somewhere in America, a community gathers to ask their senator questions about the politics of the day. But the conversation turns into a heated debate with mortal stakes when a retired librarian takes the event hostage. What are the human costs of political decisions? Is there such a thing as the common good? Is what’s best for our country the same as what’s best for its people?

"We must all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately."
-Benjamin Franklin

It doesn’t feel as if we are hanging together in America today. The ugly political battles of the last few years have polarized us. But maybe we were polarized already. Tinder waiting for a match.

When the question of whether or not to repeal the Affordable Care Act was under discussion, we watched several of the Town Halls that were being held by lawmakers back in their home districts, all across America, live-streamed on the internet. Town Halls are such a wonderfully personal means of communication in our digital age. People gather together with their neighbors to talk about what matters to them at Town Halls. We were deeply moved by the raw emotion we witnessed, particularly as people discussed health care. As freelance artists, whose only healthcare option comes from the ACA, we felt great empathy for those people who were arguing their case in front of their senators and representatives. We knew right away that that was something we wanted to write about.–Theo Popov and E.M. Lewis