Columbia University School of the Arts to World Premiere ‘The Trojan Women’

By David Salazar

Columbia University School of the Arts is set to present Miller Kratzer’s “The Trojan Women” this October.

The new opera is composed by Sarah Taylor Ellis with a libretto by Ellen McLaughlin. It will star Julia Caldwell, Sophia Castuera, Nate Janis, Juliet Morris, Ilene Pabon, Trysten Reynolds, and Kathleen Shelton as they tell the story of the widowed women of Troy in the aftermath of the Greek raid on their home.

The new opera, which is an adaptation of Euripides’ famed tragedy, will be conducted by George Lutton who will be at the piano. The orchestra will be comprised of George Luton, Sana Nagano, Lydia Paulos, and Zoya Shepko.

There are a total of four performances in this run that kick off on Oct. 7 and end on Oct. 9. Audiences who miss out on the live showcases will get a chance to stream the opera on Nov. 11, 2021 via Five OHM.

Kratzer is a Columbia MFA Directing Candidate in 2022 and this production is being presented at the Lenfest Center for the Arts.