The Secret River

at The Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater

Dec 17 - 19 2021
The Secret River

Opera Orlando’s first commissioned work, The Secret River is a one-act chamber opera for all audiences based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

The Secret River is Opera Orlando’s first commissioned new work based on the young adult book of the same name by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. A Pulitzer prize- winning author, Ms. Rawlings was well known for her novel, The Yearling, and several other writings that chronicled her experiences living in and around Central Florida. Her young adult book, The Secret River, was published posthumously in 1955 and subsequently awarded a Newbery Honor Book Award.
The world premiere of this one-act chamber opera will be in December 2021 as part of the 2021-22 season. The production will feature musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and members of the Opera Orlando Youth Company under the baton of Everett McCorvey, founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble. The piece will be directed by Dennis Whitehead Darling featuring puppetry created and performed by Michelee Puppets.

With a libretto by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy award-winner Mark Campbell and music by

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Tickets will be sold through Dr. Phillips Center starting in April pf 2021.

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  • Dec 17, 2021 at 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm (Fri)
  • Dec 18, 2021 at 02:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 18, 2021 at 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 18, 2021 at 07:30 pm - 09:00 pm (Sat)
  • Dec 19, 2021 at 02:00 pm - 03:30 pm (Sun)
* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.

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