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Berks Opera Premieres “These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends”

by Berks Opera Company

Berks Opera Premieres “These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends”


Chris Heslop

“These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends” is a new opera composed by Chris Heslop, with libretto by Vicki Haller Graff, and direction by Joel Richard Gori.

Mountain Mary left a legacy of loving spirituality and profound healing. Matthias Schaumbacher left the opposite: a legend of greed and violence. How have the seeds planted in the stories of these two people, who lived such different lives, grown in this place we call home?

From our Director, Joel Gori, “I have always enjoyed staging Heslop’s and Haller Graff’s work. This opera is no exception. The libretto and the music offer lovely moments. The opera also has reflective and dramatic scenes with an orchestration that is always surprising.”

Berks Opera Company recently received a grant from the Arthur Judson Foundation for the Spring 2022 production ” These Valleys and Mountains: Berks Legends”.

June 17th, 7:30pm, Miller Center at RACC

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Maria Damore, soprano


Vicki Haller Graff


Joel Richard Gori


Berks Opera Company receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Berks Opera Company receives funding support through a grant from the Reading Musical Foundation.

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