The Knock


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The Knock is a one-act opera that tells the story of a group of military wives awaiting news of their deployed husbands. ‘The Knock’ is the expression used by military spouses for a death notification. The libretto is based on years of interviews conducted by librettist Brevoort with spouses of soldiers and takes the audience into the lives of America’s military spouses, a group not yet seen on the opera stage.

“When the creators first suggested this topic, I was immediately captivated by the idea,” said Francesca Zambello, Artistic & General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival. “So often we see works that take place on the battlefield, but when someone serves in the armed forces, the entire family — and the community, for that matter —  is serving together. It is truly inspirational to see and try to understand the world from perspective — of the spouses who are serving in their own ways. We are proud to present this opera.”

The Knock was originally slated for a stage production, but when everything shifted due to the pandemic, the company pivoted. Ryan and Tonya McKinny were tapped to serve as Director of Photography and Line Producer. Alison Moritz, original director for The Knock, directed the work in this new format, and Lidiya Yankovskaya conducted recording sessions with the The Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra.


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Mary-Hollis Hundley - Jo
Mia Athey - Aishah
Armando Contreras - Lt. Gonzalez
Lisa Marie Rogali - Soprano 1
Victoria Lawal - Soprano 2
Stephanie Sanchez - Alto / C.O.W
Creative Team
The Glimmerglass Festival - Producer
Aleksandra Vrebalov - Composer
Deborah Brevoort - Librettist
Alison Moritz - Director
Lidiya Yankovskaya - Conductor
Ryan McKinny - Director of Photography

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