The Peabody Post

Jake Runestad receives Washington National Opera commission

Jake-Runestad-Headshot-2-e1331324237961Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition) has received a commission by the Washington National Opera as part of its American Opera Initiative, a comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists. Partnering with award-winning librettist David Johnston, this new new 20-minute opera, Daughters of the Bloody Duke, explores a daughter’s struggle against authority as she chooses love over her family’s revenge. The world premiere performance will be November 21, 2014, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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