Wed May 22, 2024

Before It All Goes Dark

World premiere by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer presented by Music of Remembrance

World premiere! A new one-act opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer.

An ailing Vietnam war veteran learns he is the sole heir to a priceless art collection stolen by the Nazis. His journey to Prague to claim his legacy leads to the discovery of an identity he never knew, and through art discovers a deeper truth in his life. Based on a true story reported by Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune.

Directed by Erich Parce. Starring bass-baritone Ryan McKinny and mezzo-soprano Megan Marino. Conducted by Joseph Mechavich. Featuring the Music of Remembrance Ensemble: Demarre McGill, flute; Laura DeLuca, clarinet; Mikhail Shmidt, violin; Susan Gulkis Assadi, viola; Eric Han, cello; Jonathan Green, double bass; and Jessica Choe, piano.


Megan Marino
Ryan McKinny
Joseph Mechavich
Jake Heggie
Gene Scheer
Erich Parce


About Music of Remembrance

Founded by pianist Mina Miller, Music of Remembrance (MOR) has performed annually in San Francisco since 2014. MOR has had a unique impact through works that honor the resilience of all people excluded or persecuted for their faith, nationality, gender, or sexuality. In addition to preserving the legacy of composers who had the courage to speak out through their art at even the darkest of times, MOR has commissioned over 45 new works by some of today’s leading composers to address challenges to human rights and dignity today. Learn more at




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