Stranger from Paradise

Opera Omaha and the Great Plains Theater Conference

Composer: Nevada Jones / Librettist and Director: Kevin Lawler / Conductor: Hal France / Scenic Design: Simon Harding and Pei-Wen Huang-Shea / Lighting Design: Alison Hall and Cecilia Durbin / Video Design: Simon Harding

Based on the life and work of the prophetic artist William Blake and his longtime collaborator and wife Catherine, the opera explores the struggle of creation while weaving through themes of love, death, and art as social conscience. Experimental in its approach, Stranger from Paradise infuses opera with an intimacy in text, design, performance, and tone that draws from the strengths of contemporary theatre production practices.