Far Travelers is a new opera from composer and librettist Jeffrey Leiser. It was developed with the support of three cultural grants (American Scandinavian Foundation, American Scandinavian Society, American Scandinavian Association) and was recently workshopped at the prestigious Guild Hall of East Hampton through an accelerated lab residency. Conceived for full production (running an estimated 2 hours and 45 minutes, for full orchestra and a cast of 12), the opera is currently in its 2nd draft form with a view to late 2018-early 2019 completion.
Vikings attempt to settle in North America, but are forced to return after one of their own commits sabotage. Back home in Greenland, secrets are exposed and the fate of their settlement rests in the hands of two women: Freydis and Gudrid.
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