The Brightness of Light
The difference between a letter and a love letter is the reader.
7:30PM, Friday, September 27, 2024
2:00PM, Sunday, September 29, 2024

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Featuring Reneé Fleming and Rod Gilfry.

Composed by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts and based on letters between Georgia O’Keeffe and her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, this innovative new work is a love letter of its own. Like any creative endeavor, marriage is a collaborative work in progress—a journey in which the end isn’t always what we imagined when we started. Against projections of O’Keefe’s floral figments, the letters paint the shifting shape of love over decades. Alongside Stieglitz’s candid compositions, we sense the fleeting fragility of the moment and our desperation to make it last a little longer. Painting in layers, Puts’ song cycle gives each letter new life, connecting contrasting ways of seeing the world. From the deserts of New Mexico to city streetscapes to roads less traveled in between, we see complementary visions for what life and art could be.

Note: This is a semi-staged concert with projections; the second half will consist of opera and Broadway hits specially selected by Fleming and Gilfry for Lyric Opera audiences.

Understand every word:Performed in English with English translations projected above the stage.

Principal Cast

Renée Fleming

Rod Gilfry

Creative Team

Robert Moody


Paul Vershbow

Projection Programmer and Design Realizer


Photos of the Show

The Brightness of Light photos by Lawrence K. Ho for LA Opera.

Show Art

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With public support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
This project is supported in part by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.