Composed by Jennifer Jolley with a libretto by Hai-Ting Chinn, 'Spacewalk' is a recipient of the 2023 OPERA America Discovery Grant. 'Spacewalk' is an opera in seven vignettes, one for each hour of the first all-female spacewalk, which took place in October 2019 outside the International Space Station. Following the format of the seven-hour public broadcast from NASA, the work intersperses the real-time radio conversations of astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir with Mission Control CapCom Stephanie Wilson talking during their spacewalk, with scenes of other female astronauts "in studio" explaining the difficulties, dangers, and delights of their assignment. These exchanges between actors and forebears provide crucial technical insight into the unfolding drama to the audience and heighten their contemplation and emotive response. |
Join Jolley and librettist Chinn for their libretto reading at OPERA America's Mac A. Scorca Hall. The libretto reading will happen from 6-7pm, followed by a reception in the 7th floor lobby from 7-8pm.
The development of 'Spacewalk' received funding from OPERA America's Opera Grants for Women Composers: Discovery Grants program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
Marc A. Scorca Hall, National Opera America Center (View)
330 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001