Once Upon the Wind

by Theo Popov and Kate Light

The Opera Theatre of Yale College Presents Once Upon the Wind

The Opera Theatre of Yale College cordially invites you to a virtual production of Theo Popov and Kate Light’s contemporary opera Once Upon the Wind. The audio recording is accompanied by a series of descriptive letters sent to each audience member which set the virtual stage for the opera. Through this unique production format, we aim to challenge conventional notions of how opera is presented by embedding the audience experience in the space of your home and letters you hold in your hands. Through the opera’s probing themes of loss and living through grief, we hope to share an experience with our audience that promotes empathy and celebrates life during these difficult times.

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Performance Dates & Times

January 29, 2021 - 8:00pm



Venue Accessibility: 
Contact the email listed above or the producer for inquiries regarding accessibility.

Patron Information

To register for the opera, please fill out this formThe series of letters will be delivered to you prior to the performance. You may choose to receive them by mail (if you have a US address) or by email if you prefer. FOR AN OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE, PLEASE DO NOT READ THE LETTERS PRIOR TO THE PERFORMANCE. At 8 PM EST on the day of the performance, you will be emailed the link to a YouTube video that will play the opera audio and prompt you to read the letters at the appropriate times. 
The deadline for registration is January 29th, 2021 at 3 PM EST, but please note that if you would like to receive letters by mail, you must register by 6 PM PST on January 17th.
Opera Creation Credits:
Music by Theo Popov
Libretto by Kate Light
Developed in New York City as part of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater
Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director
The piece was developed under the mentorship of Composer/Librettist Mark Adamo. 
Cori Ellison, Dramaturg.


Max Hammond

Production Team

Musical Director
Musical Director
Max Hammond