The Faith and Fear of Polygamy by Ken Verdoia

Program Notes for Nico Muhly & Stephen Karam's Dark Sisters


One man…many wives.

Seven generations of Americans have been simultaneously fascinated and repulsed by polygamy as a shadowy practice of religious faith on the rough edges of our society.


Read About Nico Muhly and Dark Sisters, Coming in June


“As I learned more about (Mormon Church founder Joseph) Smith’s life, I realized that his story is a uniquely American one of striving for individual freedom— sexual, political, religious— in the face of fierce resistance”

– composer Nico Muhly


RAVE REVIEWS FOR MANON LESCAUT – Through April 29th at the Academy!

“… singers and orchestra rocked — and that included the young replacement soprano Michelle Johnson, who learned the title role in little more than three weeks.”
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

The first reviews are in on the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Manon Lescaut!