About John Mills-Cockell
“Synthedelia: Psychedelic Electronic Music in the 1960s” in the May 2018 edition.
Currently in development, SAVITRI & SAM is a full-length opera composed by John Mills-Cockell with libretto by Ken Gass. Ken and John had the opera chosen recently to be performed at Fort Worth Texas through the opera company “Frontiers” program.
“What a fabulous experience with Fort Worth Opera! Everyone in the company was incredibly hospitable and helpful. The musicianship and knowledge of those we worked with was always dependable, superb in fact. In addition to working and performing Savitri & Sam, the opera Ken & I were invited to showcase, we saw excerpts of 5 other totally interesting new works as well as 2 full productions in FWO’s Festival series and 3 short pieces, Brief Encounters. Last but certainly not least, I was able to make this trip with the generous financial assistance of Socan Foundation, for which I am most grateful. Thank you Socan!”
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! “