Opera Las Vegas: Proving Up


Sep. 24, 2022, 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Show Recurring Dates

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Black Box Theatre
Man with a window in field in front of cabin, he is looking skyward


Composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek compel you to confront the brooding heart of the American Dream. With a chilling investigation into the physical and emotional hardship of settling the West, this piece is a riveting counterpoint to the often overly glamorized backward glances. The Homestead Act of 1862—by which settlers, mainly west of the Mississippi River, could acquire public land they’d farmed, or “prove up”—contained an odd provision: To be considered for the land grant, the homesteads, among other requirements, had to include a glass window.

Based on a true story, Mazzoli conjures aural bleakness with an uncanny, confident mixture of instrumental savagery and eerie lightness. The shadowy sound of guitars drifts through the music; chaotic refractions of hoedown fiddling occasionally explode within a landscape of jittery unease. Mazzoli’s colorful, fragmentary, and evocative contemporary score perfectly complements Vavrek’s terse, cogent texts.



$35 discounted tickets are available for senior citizens; $25 tickets are available for members of the military and all students.

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