Gordon Hawkins creates the role of “Preacher Man”.
Directed by Yuval Sharon and curated by Renée Fleming, Proximity is a gripping, powerful trio of new works that confronts head-on some of the greatest challenges affecting us as a society: yearning for connection in a world driven by technology; the devastating impact of gun violence on cities and neighborhoods; and the need to respect and protect our natural resources.
As the story zooms in and out from the individual to the community to the cosmic, we find ourselves in a compelling snapshot of 21st century life, with all of its complex intersections and commonalities.
Sure to be one of the most widely heralded musical events of 2022/23, this new Lyric commission – bringing together a complement of some of the most important creative minds of our time, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Grammy Awards, and the MacArthur Genius Grant – promises to be by turns riveting, provocative, and inspiring.
The Walkers Composed by Daniel Bernard Roumain with libretto by Anna Deavere Smith.
Four Portraits Composed by Caroline Shaw with libretto by Caroline Shaw and Jocelyn Clarke.
Night Composed by John Luther Adams with libretto by John Haines.
Language: Sung in English with projected English titles
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes with 1 intermission
Performance Dates: March 24, 26, 29, 2023, April 5, 8, 2023 at Chicago Lyric Opera
Gordon Hawkins about “Proximity”, new works and opera in a post-pandemic world: