Backwards from Winter

Operatic Monodrama


Premier: Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space, NYC 2018
Other Productions: Dark MOFO festival of music and art in Hobart, Tasmania 2018
Collaborators: Douglas Knehans, composer; Jennifer Williams, director NYC; Konstantin Koukias, director AU
Backwards from Winter Juanita Rockwell

Backwards from Winter: Description

I wrote the libretto for composer Douglas Knehans’ monodrama for soprano, electric cello, video and computer. The premiere was May 25, 2018 at Symphony Space in New York City, produced by The Center for Contemporary Opera, directed by Jennifer Williams and featuring soprano Anke Briegel and Jeffrey Krieger on electric cello. A second production was featured the following month as part of Dark MOFO, a festival of music and art in Hobart, Tasmania, directed by Konstantin Koukias and featuring soprano Judith Weusten and Antonis Pratsinakis on electric cello.

In this journey through grief, a woman traces her memory from the icy numb of winter after losing her beloved, back to his death in an autumn storm, through the heat of their passion in summer, to the heart-opening birth of their love in spring.