A queen in denial might lose her people to a changing world,
unless a young dreamer can change her heart.
Island of the Moon is a story of courage in the face of a changing climate and of giving voice to those who have traditionally been silenced.
In this original Chamber Opera, the queen of a sinking island hopes to save her people by moving them to a neighboring atoll. But first, she must marry her son Akoni to the daughter of the nearby island’s Chief. Akoni argues the move will mark the end of their historic culture. The queen responds with an impossible task: Akoni may marry the woman of his choice...only if she can shatter the moon. A young outcast learns an ancient secret that may save the island, if only she can make her voice heard.
The development of Island of the Moon received funding from
OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program,
supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.