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Laura Kaminsky Awarded Prestigious Opera America Grant

Opera America has awarded $100,000 to six opera companies to support the work of female composers, included Purchase Conservatory of Music’s Head of Classical Composition, Laura Kaminsky.

Professor Kaminsky will be creating a new work entitled Today It Rains, to be premiered at Opera Parallèle in San Francisco.

Today It Rains is a chamber opera inspired by a real event in the life of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. On the rainy morning of April 29, 1929, O’Keeffe boarded a train in New York with fellow artist Rebecca Strand. Yearning for escape and creative fulfillment, O’Keeffe left behind a tumultuous marriage with photographer and influential curator Alfred Stieglitz. Three days later, she arrived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, soon to be inspired by the power of the area’s landscape and ready for a new artistic experience.

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