“The Bronx-based Sankaram, 36, is one of the most exciting opera composers in the country — and a formidable soprano. Last year, she premiered ‘The Last Stand,’ a 10-hour opera ‘for the trees of Prospect Park.’ In March, her short opera ‘Rise’ — written with author A.M. Homes, will premiere as part of the Washington National Opera’s ‘Written in Stone.’ This summer, Glimmerglass Festival will present an updated version of ‘Taking Up Serpents‘ — Sankaram’s gripping opera (first commissioned by the Washington National Opera) about a sect of Pentecostals in the Appalachian South, written with librettist Jerre Dye.”

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