Red Earth. Hunger
Holodomor- Red Earth. Hunger -
opera in concert
composed by Virko Baley
libretto by Virko Baley
co-production with First Look Sonoma and Troppe Note Foundation
Las Vegas Performance- January 26, 2013
UNLV, Doc Rando Recital Hall
New York Performance- February 5, 2013
John Jay College, Gerald Lynch Theater
"Baley's music is rooted in tonality, expressive and often lush - accessible melodies seasoned with gentle dissonance. His command of orchestral color is masterly and in this version of Holodomor, he created unusual fullness with the small ensemble. Performances were committed and satisfying."
Susan Brodie, American Record Guide
"The one-act, three scene opera is a powerful, emotional work depicting the bleak reality of Stalin's deliberate campaign of starvation and murder through collectivization. The unforgettable representation of the deaths of a vast number of nameless victims renders this unfathomable horror of Holodomor not only a collective, massive tragedy but an individual tragedy as well."
Victor Markiw, The Ukrainian Weekly
Holodomor Composer, Virko Baley