Art of Memory is an opera "in progress." This was how it began at Avant Music Festival 2013 in NYC. It will continue to grow from the excerpts you see.
Central characters are Ambrose and Augustine, set in Milan, 386. Which is the year Augustine sends his lover away and descends into an agony of faith, condemning himself for lust and worldly ambition. He turns to older Bishop Ambrose, who baptizes him as Nicene Christian. But Ambrose himself has a struggle—to protect his basilica and congregation against the heretic Roman army. Rome is falling. It is a time of passion and fear. A time of prayer, questioned.