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A New Kind of Fallout

Eco-opera about Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring written with composer Gilda Lyons commissioned by Pittsburgh Festival Opera


A New Kind of Fallout is an Eco-Opera inspired by the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson's seminal book, Silent Spring. With music by New York-based composer Gilda Lyons, and a libretto by Tammy Ryan, A New Kind of Fallout follows a young Pittsburgh family thrown into conflict by the environmental warnings issued in Silent Spring, its themes of stewardship and renewal, and the very personal impact on one family and their unborn child.

"a new kind of opera, one that makes forceful connections between the ecological (non)decisions made by policymakers, corporate interests, and indifferent consumers a half century ago...and those we are collectively making in the present moment....Ryan showcase[s] Carson's insight into the interconnectedness of all life on earth and...remind[s] us that the battles Carson fought have by no means ended...what we do to the earth, we do to ourselves." - Wendy Aarons, Pittsburgh Tatler

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