Sodom & Gomorrah Gets Operatic Reinterpretation in ‘Woman of Salt’

By David Salazar

The story of Lot’s wife is among the most famous in the Bible. For those who might not remember, Lot’s wife is the one to turn to salt upon looking back at the impending disaster in Sodom.

Now that story is getting a new operatic adaptation entitled “The Woman of Salt” at the Wildish Community Theater in Springfield. The work was created by first-time composer Anice Thigpen, who used her real-life trauma of losing the custody of her daughters, to create the opera.

“When we moved here, I felt comfortable in my community for the first time,” she says. “Eugene is my Promised Land and it is filled with talented and creative people who helped me find my inner composer.”

The opera will feature a total of nine cast members, five instrumentalists, and a chorus. Conductor Michael Sakir and director Sara E. Widzer will lead soprano Laura Wayte in the title role and baritone Bill Hulings as the role of Lot. Also on the team are costume designer Jonna Hayden, chorus director Chris McGinley, and scene designer and videographer Grant Preisser.

The performance takes place on June 23 at 7 p.m. EDT.