1. A Way Home, composed by Ethan Frederick Greene
    Libretto by Irene Keliher

    A Way Home is a one-act chamber opera, intended for (but not limited to) middle and high school aged audiences. The opera was commissioned in March, 2010 by the Houston Grand Opera as part of its Mexico 2010 project. It was selected by Opera Southwest as the winner of its Brabson Composers Competition in 2011, and revised and orchestrated for a 13-piece orchestra. This video is from Opera Southwest's April 2012 production of A Way Home at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.

    Cast:
    Agustin -- Paul Bower
    Graciela (Gracie) -- Cecilia Duarte
    Thomas -- Seth Hartwell
    Karani -- Elizabeth Hott
    Marisol -- Cammy Cook

    Conductor: Anthony Barrese
    Stage Director: David Bartholomew
    Scenic and Lighting Design: John Malolepsy

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  2. A Way Home, composed by Ethan Frederick Greene
    Libretto by Irene Keliher

    A Way Home is a one-act chamber opera, intended for (but not limited to) middle and high school aged audiences. The opera was commissioned in March, 2010 by the Houston Grand Opera as part of its Mexico 2010 project. It was selected by Opera Southwest as the winner of its Brabson Composers Competition in 2011, and revised and orchestrated for a 13-piece orchestra. This video is from Opera Southwest's April 2012 production of A Way Home at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.

    Cast:
    Agustin -- Paul Bower
    Graciela (Gracie) -- Cecilia Duarte
    Thomas -- Seth Hartwell
    Karani -- Elizabeth Hott
    Marisol -- Cammy Cook

    Conductor: Anthony Barrese
    Stage Director: David Bartholomew
    Scenic and Lighting Design: John Malolepsy

    # vimeo.com/44827879 Uploaded 57 Plays 0 Comments
  3. A Way Home, composed by Ethan Frederick Greene
    Libretto by Irene Keliher

    A Way Home is a one-act chamber opera, intended for (but not limited to) middle and high school aged audiences. The opera was commissioned in March, 2010 by the Houston Grand Opera as part of its Mexico 2010 project. It was selected by Opera Southwest as the winner of its Brabson Composers Competition in 2011, and revised and orchestrated for a 13-piece orchestra. This video is from Opera Southwest's April 2012 production of A Way Home at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.

    Cast:
    Agustin -- Paul Bower
    Graciela (Gracie) -- Cecilia Duarte
    Thomas -- Seth Hartwell
    Karani -- Elizabeth Hott
    Marisol -- Cammy Cook

    Conductor: Anthony Barrese
    Stage Director: David Bartholomew
    Scenic and Lighting Design: John Malolepsy

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  4. A Way Home, composed by Ethan Frederick Greene
    Libretto by Irene Keliher

    A Way Home is a one-act chamber opera, intended for (but not limited to) middle and high school aged audiences. The opera was commissioned in March, 2010 by the Houston Grand Opera as part of its Mexico 2010 project. It was selected by Opera Southwest as the winner of its Brabson Composers Competition in 2011, and revised and orchestrated for a 13-piece orchestra. This video is from Opera Southwest's April 2012 production of A Way Home at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM.

    Cast:
    Agustin -- Paul Bower
    Graciela (Gracie) -- Cecilia Duarte
    Thomas -- Seth Hartwell
    Karani -- Elizabeth Hott
    Marisol -- Cammy Cook

    Conductor: Anthony Barrese
    Stage Director: David Bartholomew
    Scenic and Lighting Design: John Malolepsy

    # vimeo.com/44827880 Uploaded 20 Plays 0 Comments
  5. A Way Home, composed by Ethan Frederick Greene
    Libretto by Irene Keliher

    A Way Home is a one-act chamber opera, intended for (but not limited to) middle and high school aged audiences. Commissioned in March, 2010 by the Houston Grand Opera as part of its Mexico 2010 project, A Way Home follows Gracie, a Mexican-American teenager, as she struggles to find her identity and come to terms with her dual sense of home.

    Houston Cast:

    Gracie – Cecilia Duarte
    Kárani – Hannah Celeste Lu
    Marisol – Amaia Urtiaga
    Thomas – Brian Shircliffe
    Agustin – Dennis Arrowsmith
    Ricardo – Alejandro Magallon

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A Way Home

Ethan Frederick Greene

A Way Home
an opera in one-act for young audiences

Composed by Ethan Frederick Greene

Libretto by Irene Keliher

A Way Home tells the story of Gracie, a Mexican-American teenager who must cope with the recent passing of her mother (Marisol),…


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A Way Home
an opera in one-act for young audiences

Composed by Ethan Frederick Greene

Libretto by Irene Keliher

A Way Home tells the story of Gracie, a Mexican-American teenager who must cope with the recent passing of her mother (Marisol), as she and her father (Thomas) travel to Mexico to lay Marisol to rest. As in the folklore of Michoacán, Marisol returns as a Monarch butterfly, joining the Monarch migration to the safe haven of the Oyamel firs. She flies south with her spiritual guide butterfly, Kárani, but struggles with grief as she observes Gracie and Thomas mourning her passing.

When Gracie and Thomas reach Michoacán, they meet Marisol’s father, Agustin, who has never forgiven Marisol for leaving Mexico, and blames Thomas for his estrangement with his daughter. The two men quarrel, but when Gracie gets lost in the butterfly reserve, they must reconcile their past and find her before night sets in. As the opera closes, Gracie comes to appreciate her Mexican heritage, and all three learn to find their own sense of home.

In Spanish and English, 45 min. running time

The opera was commissioned in March, 2010 by the Houston Grand Opera as part of its Mexico 2010 project. It was revised and orchestrated for Opera Southwest’s 2012-12 production at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. Documentation from both versions can be found below.

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