Professor Michael Korie’s 'Harvey Milk' to open at Opera Theater of Saint Louis

William Hutton
May 17, 2022

Adjunct Associate Professor Michael Korie’s opera Harvey Milk will return to the stage this summer at Opera Theater of Saint Louis.

Based on the true story of Harvey Milk, the opera delves into the tumultuous era of the 1970s to trace one young man’s path to better the world both for himself and others. During his time as the “Mayor of Castro Street,” Harvey Milk fought for the rights of the disenfranchised, paying the ultimate price for his work to advance their freedoms. Honoring his legacy, the opera reminds us that we are more united than divided, regardless of our background. Korie penned the original libretto for Harvey Milk, which is composed by the acclaimed Stewart Wallace. Harvey Milk runs June 11-25, 2022. Tickets are available here.

Michael Korie is a librettist and lyricist whose writing for musical theater and opera has been honored with The Marc Blitzstein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His lyrics have also been nominated for the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award. His collaboration with Tom Kitt and James Lapine, Flying Over Sunset, premiered recently at Lincoln Center Theater. Korie wrote the lyrics to composer Scott Frankel’s music for the Broadway productions of War Paint and Grey Gardens, both with books by playwright Doug Wright, and the Off-Broadway productions of Far From HeavenHappiness, and Doll.

Michael Korie