• Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter
When Esperanza Spalding learned her mentor, Wayne Shorter, wanted to write an opera, she pledged her help. Credit…From left: Erik Carter for The New York Times; Jasmine Clarke for The New York Times
  • Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter
When Esperanza Spalding learned her mentor, Wayne Shorter, wanted to write an opera, she pledged her help. Credit…From left: Erik Carter for The New York Times; Jasmine Clarke for The New York Times

How Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter Realized His Dream: an Opera

A living legend of jazz collaborates with one of the brightest lights of the younger generation in the West Coast premiere of a Cal Performances co-commission that reimagines what opera can be, and asks us to reexamine the stories we have inherited and the choices we make as a society. LEARN MORE/BUY TICKETS

By Giovanni Russonello
Published Nov. 2, 2021
Updated Nov. 4, 2021
“Iphigenia,” an update of the ancient Greek myth eight years in the making and decades in the dreaming, will begin a run of performances this month.

In fall 2018, Esperanza Spalding had just released “12 Little Spells,” a bold foray into using music as a healing practice, and a significant creative leap in her career. She was a newly minted professor at Harvard University, and thriving in the role. READ FULL ARTICLE

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