Savitri & Sam
Currently in development, SAVITRI & SAM is a full-length opera composed by John Mills-Cockell with libretto by Ken Gass.
A workshop presentation of 95 minutes from the opera was held at The Citadel (home of Coleman, Lemieux & Co) in September, 2013, starring Zorana Sadiq (Savitri), Michael Barrett (Sam), Marion Newman (Sarindar) and Giles Tompkins (Manjinder), conducted by Gregory Oh and directed by Ken Gass, co-produced by Canadian Rep Theatre and Savitri Project Collective.
A review by Leslie Barcza in Barczablog, called the presentation “a stunning achievement.”
A follow-up workshop presentation is planned for August 2016, with the aim of a full production within the next two years.
“Scoring music for plays, musicals, dance or film is one of my great passions. I began doing it early in my creative life and have continued ever since. After I had completed a handful of such works, I began to think that I knew how to do it. After doing it more, I learned, sometimes by making big mistakes, that each and every score in support of works in any discipline is for the first time. It is so tempting to assume that one knows how to score a new project having done others that seem similar. It causes great misfortune, because each production is unique. Every time is the first time! “