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A New American Opera in Development

Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy and award-winning opera composer Evan Mack have agreed to a 2-year development deal to turn Kennedy’s best-selling novel Roscoe into a new American opera. 

Link to buy novel HERE

The story takes place in 1945, V-J-day.  Roscoe Conway, after twenty-six years as the second in command of Albany's notorious political machine, decides to quit politics forever. But there's no way out, and only his Machiavellian imagination can help him cope with the erupting disasters. Every step leads back to the past -- to the early loss of his true love, the takeover of city hall, the machine's fight with FDR and Al Smith to elect a governor, and the methodical assassination of gangster Jack (Legs) Diamond. "Thick with crime, passion, and backroom banter" (The New Yorker), Roscoe is an odyssey of great scope and linguistic verve, a deadly, comic masterpiece from one of America's most important writers.

“I feel certain that Roscoe would be delighted by this development in his history,” said author William Kennedy.  “His life was grandly operatic in its high drama and its sweeping dimension.  Roscoe was attuned to the music of the spheres.”  

William Kennedy is one of America’s great authors, both in fiction and non-fiction. His best known works include: Ironweed, Legs, Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game, Roscoe, Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, and O Albany!  

Roscoe, will be Evan Mack’s third full-length opera and second collaboration with librettist, Joshua McGuire. Their first work, The Secret of Luca, has been performed and workshopped in various parts of the US.  Mack’s first opera, Angel of the Amazon, was produced by Encompass New Opera Theatre at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC for all of May 2011 and the Original Cast Recording was released worldwide by Albany Records in 2012.



Samford University Opera Scenes

The Secret of Luca,  will have a scene staged in Samford University's Opera Workshops concert on 4/12 and 4/13 at 7:30 PM. Directed by Dr. Kristin Kenning

Music by Evan Mack

Libretto by Joshua McGuire

Bolling Studio 

800 Lakeshore Dr.

Brimingham AL 35229




Atlanta Opera's 24-Hour Opera Project

What: Atlanta Opera’s 24-Hour Opera Project

When: Saturday 1/26 at 7PM

How: Watch and Vote online at

Five teams comprised of a composer, lyricist, stage director, and singers, will compose, stage and perform a 7-10 minute opera (in English) all in a matter of one day. This will be an intense 24 hours but also promises to be a fun and exciting adventure!

            The performance is at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26 at The Atlanta Opera Rehearsal Hall. Each team will perform their 7-10 minute opera in front of a live audience. Audiences from a far will be able to view the performance and  VOTE live at Pieces will be judged by a panel of performing arts industry leaders and experts. The audience will also have the opportunity to weigh in with their opinion about which performance they find most enjoyable!


The Secret of Luca

November 17th, 7PM

A Concert reading of Mack's new opera The Secret of Luca.

Cast: Jose Rubio, M. Andrew Jones, Megan Hammann, Michael Young, Audrey Walstrom, Ryan Connelly, Danielle Messina Connelly, Ellen Graham and Rob Wray, with opera vocal coach Jennifer Quammen McGuire at the piano
When: November 17th, 7PM
Where: St. Anthony Church
      6104 Desmond St.
      Cincinnati OH 45227
Admission: Free Admission, Donations to the church accepted

Call 513-479-2413 for more information


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