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On Sunday, February 10 the audience at Town Hall Seattle heard the world premiere of Eric Banks’ first opera, “Heron and the Salmon Girl”—Part One of a three-part opera cycle Banks is composing, to libretti by Irene Keliher, for Seattle Opera’s exciting new OUR EARTH program. In “Heron and the Salmon Girl” the Seattle Opera Youth Chorus plays the water of Puget Sound, mysteriously bereft of salmon when the opera begins. In their first chorus, the waves of the estuary ponder the situation:
“Here the river is sleeping;
it runs as quietly as a stone.
Now the tide is too sluggish;
it flows so thick with silt and mud.
Where have all the salmon gone?
And will they ever return?”
Stephen Rogers Radcliffe conducts the Seattle Youth Symphony. To learn more about OUR EARTH, go to http://www.seattleopera.org/discover/learn/family/our_earth.aspx.
Photo by Alan Alabastro