‘Freydís and Gudrid’ Film Adaptation to Premiere in 2024

By Afton Wooten

Jeffrey Leiser’s film adaptation of the opera “Freydís and Gudrid” (formerly “Far Travelers”) is set to makes its premiere in 2024.

The stage version of “Freydís and Gudrid” made its world premiere on May 1, 2018, at the Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. In 2019 a vocal and orchestral chamber version of “Freydís and Gudrid” was performed and recorded at Carnegie Hall. After this, the work began being converted into a film, which took two years to complete.

Leiser wrote, composed, edited, directed, and produced the work alongside director of photography and visual effects Samuel Krueger, gaffer and camera operator Mark Pauley, camera operator Joshua F. Leonard, and production designer and VFX artist Jennilee Aromando. Soto who orchestrated and arranged “Freydís and Gudrid” led the music production team including conductor Keith Chambers, Myles Rodenhouse who ran sound recording and mixing, and Mitchell McCarthy who arranged the piano-vocal reduction.

The film stars sopranos Micaëla Oeste and Kirsten Chambers (who was the original opera cast). Bray Wilkins, Daniel Klein, Raymon Geis, Samuel Druhora, Bryan G. Davis, Michelle Jennings, Rachel Duval, Flavius Druhora, Luis Ramos, Rachel Yazzie, Leo Kubota, and Benairen Kane severed in supporting roles.