Rapture

Rapture  is a short opera inspired by the true story of the many thousand people who were convinced they would be bodily assumed into Heaven at 6 pm on May 21, 2011, as per the predictions of Harold Camping’s Family Radio ministry. As I saw a few dozen of them carrying their placards during a street fair that April, I thought, “Oh, to be a fly on the wall as six o’clock comes and goes.”

The piece had its premiere on the Pocket Opera series at Hunter College in New York City. It has since had productions at the New-Fangled Opera Festival in New Orleans, LA and the New in November series at Hartford Opera Theatre. The video is of the Hartford production. Cast: Michelle Murry Fiertek as Holly, Lisa Williamson as Holly. Director: Sarah Hutchings. Conductor: Joseph Hodge. Pianist: Miguel Campinho.