Aundi Marie Moore and Kevin Moreno
A theatrical song cycle about life during the Civil War
COMPOSER RICKY IAN GORDON
Rappahannock County is a music-theatre work, commissioned to commemorate the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War by the Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia Opera, the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond, and Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. It premiered at the Harrison Opera House in Norfolk, Virginia, April 12, 2011, 150 years following the bombing of Fort Sumter.
The fictional characters and situations that comprise Rappahannock County are based on actual events and were inspired by diaries, letters, and other accounts. Performed by five singers who play over 30 roles, the five-part work moves chronologically from Secession to Surrender and examines key sociological and historical moments in the Civil War from the many perspectives of the people who endured it: rich and poor, male and female, black and white, old and young, solder and civilian.