Works & Process Announces Fall 2023 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The Guggenheim’s Works & Process has announced its fall 2023 season. The program amplifies support for performing artists and their artistic process, and simultaneously provides the public with behind-the-scenes access to new works, fostering greater understanding and appreciation.

Here are the operas that will be previewed.

The Houston Grand Opera and Urban Bush Women will present “Intelligence” by Jake Heggie, Gene Scheer, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Ahead of the opera’s Oct. 20 world premiere in Houston, co-conceiver, director, and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar will discuss the creative process behind “Intelligence”. The opera takes place during the Civil War in Richmond, Virginia, where Mary Jane Bowser, born into slavery, has been sent to infiltrate the Confederate White House by Elizabeth Van Lew, matriarch of a prominent Confederate family.

Date: Sept. 6, 2023

The Metropolitan Opera presents “Dead Man Walking” by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally. The works and process will showcase highlights from the opera before its highly anticipated Met premiere on Sept. 26. Met General Manager Peter Gelb moderates a discussion with the creative team, and members of the cast perform selections from the opera.

Date: Sept. 18, 2023

The Santa Fe Opera will present highlights from “The Righteous” by Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith. Commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera for premiere in the summer 2024, composer Gregory Spears and former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize–winner Tracy K. Smith discuss their newest collaboration, which explores the intersection between religious faith and political power.

Date: Oct. 1, 2023