Opera New Work Reading: Four Freedoms
This chamber opera by Joseph C. Phillips, Jr., is inspired by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms Speech” from 1941. Even though this speech was given almost 80 years ago, its four philosophical pillars of freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from fear and freedom from want still resonate with today’s society. Using Norman Rockwell’s famous illustrations of the four freedoms as antipodes, this opera is based on four contemporary events that illuminate how far as a country we are from realizing those four basic human rights.
Maryland Opera Studio’s (MOS) annual Opera New Work Reading embodies its ongoing dedication to cultivating and performing new work that expands the breadth of operatic repertoire, addresses socially relevant themes and elevates new voices.
Under the direction of Craig Kier, MOS is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from classic repertoire to provocative new works, they are building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them.