Music by Emma Cardon
Libretto by Kirsten Barker & Laurana Wheeler Roderer
Directed by Diane Machin
Presenting at Utah’s Research on Capitol Hill

Creative Research

How does our choice to create an opera contribute to global transformation?

Paul Klee’s “Angelus Novus”


A Storm We Call Progress is a student-generated project inspired by previous environmentally-focused productions and a wide variety of literature.

Caine Undergraduate Research Quartet


Meet the creative team behind this opera.

This storm is what we call progress.

Walter Benjamin
Putting singers and quartet together at the Scene 2 workshop (Photo Credit: Andrew McAllister)
Discussing text and music at the Scene 1 workshop (Photo Credit: Andrew McAllister)

A Klee drawing named “Angelus Novus” shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe that keeps piling ruin upon ruin and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.

–Walter Benjamin, Ninth Thesis on the Philosophy of History

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