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Afghanistan, PTSD, and The Gulf Spill--in Opera

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Anima Mundi Productions

An opera premiering in Portland in September is meant to be more than just theater with music; it is also meant to heal. 

"The Canticle of the Black Madonna" is a modern story of a soldier struggling with PTSD from the Afghanistan war… in his native Louisiana during the oil spill. 

The opera is the creation of composer Ethan Gans-Morse and librettist Tiziana DellaRovere of the Rogue Valley. 

They join us with a Vietnam combat veteran to talk about their vision for the opera.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.