Opera Colorado Co-Commissions Song Cycle ‘UNKNOWN’

By Francisco Salazar

Opera Colorado has announced it will join UrbanArias, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Minnesota Opera, and Birmingham Opera to present UNKNOWN, a song cycle honoring the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the centennial of its founding.

The new song cycle explores the ideas of war, honor, and memory through the eyes of soldiers, family members, and Tomb Guards. Every one of these individuals is connected to each other and the Tomb through their mutual service and sacrifice.

The work will world premiere on Oct. 5, 2021, at the Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia with baritones Michael Mayes and Schyler Vargas, and mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven. They will be accompanied by members of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Robert Wood.

The online premiere of the film of UNKNOWN will be on Nov. 11, 2021, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.