Also on the program will be works by Debra Kaye & Da Cooper as well as Southern California composers Texu Kim, Madelyn Byrne, Aaron Alter
Bringing Waters’ songs to life, at Nweamo and New York City, are an eclectic group of singers including the amazing, versatile Leonard Patton, whose three octave range, from Baritone through Countertenor, is put to full use in Waters’ score. Breakout soprano Karen Garcia, who has been working with Waters over the last six years in the germination and development of the work. Ms. Garcia has a luminous upper range that blooms above the staff. She performs the role of Apollonia, a mystical creature, half human and half plant in the opera. At the Nweamo concert she will be performing “We“ based on the sacred poetry of Mexican curandera Maria Sabina.
Joining in duets with Patton will be Cat Rojo, performing the role of Clara, based on St. Clara from the Saint Francis mythology upon which the opera is loosely based. Patton plays Franklin, tortured and talented friend and sometimes frenemy of Saint Francis. The opera is about breaking borders, set equally in Tijuana and San Diego, and between a group of refugees and a white separatist cult, led by an insane, Trump-like sociopath The Preacher.