International Museum of Surgical Science To Present World Premiere of ‘The Priestess of Morphine’

By David Salazar

The International Museum of Surgical Science is set to showcase three performances of “The Priestess of Morphine: A Forensic Study of Marie-Madeleine in the Time of the Nazis.” Performances are set for June 28-30, reportedly running for about 40 minutes total.

The opera is written by Aiden K. Feltkamp with music by Rossa Crean and tells the story of Marie-Madeleine, a German Jew who was also a lesbian poet and novelist whose work was deemed degenerate by the Nazis in 1932.

Crean has composed such works as “The Great God Pan” as well as “The Times Art Nightfall,” which is a queer sequel of “Don Giovanni.” Feltkamp is currently the Emerging Composers and Diversity Director with American Composers Orchestra.

The opera was commissioned by the International Museum of Surgical Science.