HPU to Host New Opera in the Culp Planetarium

Mar 24th, 2022

HPU to Host New Opera in the Culp Planetarium

This is the first opera created for a planetarium.


HIGH POINT, N.C., March 24, 2022 – High Point University faculty and students in the Department of Music, in collaboration with Dr. Brad Barlow, associate professor astrophysics, will present their family-friendly opera, titled “Galaxies in Her Eyes.” The shows will be performed on April 1 at 7:30 p.m., as well as April 2-3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Culp Planetarium. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Reserve complimentary tickets at www.highpoint.edu/live.

This is the first opera created for a planetarium. It focuses on STEM by chronicling the accomplishments of famous women scientists and their groundbreaking discoveries. “Galaxies in Her Eyes” is a new opera created in collaboration with Scott MacLeod, associate professor of voice; renowned stage director Kristine McIntyre; award-winning composer Mark Lanz Weiser; and librettist Amy Punt.

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High Point University faculty and students in the Department of Music will present their family-friendly opera, titled “Galaxies in Her Eyes.” The shows will be performed on April 1 at 7:30 p.m., as well as April 2-3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in HPU’s Culp Planetarium. The event is free to the public, but tickets are required. Reserve complimentary tickets at www.highpoint.edu/live.

“I’m proud to have played a role in bringing this opera from concept to production,” says MacLeod. “The pandemic was difficult for artists, but also freed up creative and imaginative space to conceive of something truly historic. It is a true privilege to work with Dr. Barlow and multiple artists of the highest caliber, and it is a thrill to watch this work come alive on the campus of High Point University.”

The opera tells the story of a young girl who dreams of going to the stars. She weaves together the stories of astronomical pioneers Annie Jump Cannon, Katherine Johnson and Ada Lovelace, whose work helps make that journey possible. Across time and space, she discovers a sisterhood of science which is defined by collaboration, perseverance, a fascination with the unknown and the importance of doing your math homework.

The opera is a fully professional production featuring musicians from the Winston-Salem Symphony, internationally acclaimed opera singers and director, and a professional technical crew.

“Galaxies in Her Eyes” is made possible by generous support from the HPU Department of Music, the Winston-Salem Symphony, a grant from the National Science Foundation (AST #1812874), the HPU Cultural Programs Committee, and the Stephen and Linda Stone family.

The Sunday, April 3 show will also be available to view on livestream by clicking here.