We can't go back in time to see how Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte created their masterpieces. But you can check out how composer Joseph Baber, librettist Jim Rodgers and the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre are creating their new opera, River of Time, at an upcoming event. Commissioned operas are something of a rarity for college opera outfits but the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth seemed to be the right occasion. The opera, which a local audience got a preview of at the Our Lincoln concert in February, looks at Lincoln's formative years in Kentucky. It will premier next spring.
How Opera is Made will be presented at in the Singletary Center for the Arts recital hall from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thurs., April 3, and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. It will feature Baber, Rodgers and others talking about the creative process behind their work in progress. Both events are free and open to the public. Call (859) 257-9331 for additional information.
Photo above: Mark Golson and Denisha Ballew in a scene from River of Time at the Our Lincoln event in February. Copyrighted Herald-Leader photo by Joseph Rey Au.