‘Jala Smriti — Water Memory’ Wins The Atlanta Opera’s 96-Hour Opera Festival 2024

By David Salazar

The Atlanta Opera has announced the winners for its 96-hour opera festival. 

The winning composition was Kitty Brazelton and Vaibu Mohan’s “Jala Smriti — Water Memory.” The opera explores the use of Artificial Intelligence to support people with dementia. Mohan and Brazelton will share the $10,000 Antinori Foundation Grand Prize and a commission from The Atlanta Opera to create a chamber opera.

The competition also featured the world premiere of Marcus Norris and Adamma Ebo’s “Forsyth County is Flooding (with the Joy of Lake Lanier);” last year’s competition winner “Steele Roots,” by Dave Ragland and Selda Sahin, was showcased in a development workshop.

“The energy and enthusiasm for this program has grown exponentially every season and we are truly heartened,” says Tomer Zvulun, Carl W. Knobloch Jr., General & Artistic Director. “Not only did we fill the hall at the live events, but by activating The Atlanta Opera Film Studio and introducing livestreaming of the 96-Hour Opera Festival we reached hundreds of people across the country and internationally. This is so encouraging because a major part of this program’s mission is to offer the widest exposure possible to the creative teams.”

The other 2024 contestant teams included Timothy Amukele and Jarrod Lee; George Tsz-Kwan Lam and David Davila; Evan Williams and Ashlee Haze; and Lauren McCall and Mo Holmes.