Swimming Upstream is a chamber opera in 4 scenes, explores water, our emotional connection to water and rivers and streams. Imagine a water goddess and her reaction to what we humans have done to the water on our planet – dammed streams and rivers, upended ecosystems, and even contaminated our own drinking water. For soprano, flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello, audio and projections. 20 minutes. 2018.
Text by Sheree Clement, with excerpts from Catherine Schmitt’s book, “The President’s Salmon”, the US EPA website, and Virginia Tech’s website about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Incorporates field audio and slide projections. Commissioned by the Association for the Promotion of New Music. This work is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.