New Opera by Former Prof. David Ott Premieres Tonight in Florida
September 25, 2009
September 25, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — David Ott, a composer who "has served on the faculties of Houghton College, Pfeiffer College and DePauw University," will debut a new, full-length original opera tonight. The Widow's Lantern is being presented by Florida's Pensacola Opera.
"Drawn from Pensacola area history and legend, The Widow's Lantern tells the story of a doomed love between a slave and a ship's captain at the end of the Atlantic slave trade, using Pensacola's famed lighthouse as backdrop," reports the Pensacola News Journal.
Of Ott, the newspaper notes, "From 1991 to 1997, he served as composer-in-residence of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and in 2002 he was appointed Pace Eminent Scholar and composer-in-residence at the University of West Florida. His music has been performed on four continents and recorded by prestigious symphony orchestras including the London Symphony and Czech Radio Orchestra. Though he has composed more than 200 works, The Widow's Lantern is Ott's first opera."
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