Professor Michael Korie’s Grapes of Wrath Coming to Carnegie Hall

Lillian Mottern
April 12, 2024

Theatre professor Michael Korie’s Grapes of Wrath opera, co-written with musical theatre and opera composer Ricky Ian Gordon, will return to the stage in a new production performing this month at Carnegie Hall.

Based on Steinbeck’s novel of the same name, the opera had its world premiere at Minnesota Opera in 2007 and was later performed in an abridged concert version at Carnegie Hall in 2010.  A three-act version of the opera opened at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2017. 

In its new production, the opera will be directed and conducted by Ted Sperling and will feature the voices of 120 singers from both MasterVoices and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. The opera follows its ensemble as they embark on a harrowing journey to California.

Korie is a librettist and lyricist known for Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven, and the opera Harvey Milk, among others. 

The Grapes of Wrath will be performed on April 17, 2024 at Carnegie Hall. Tickets are available here