April 20-23 and 27-30, 2023
Luth Concert Hall, Prior Performing Arts Center, College of the Holy Cross
Featuring Lito Messini, soprano
Suggested by the novel Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee, with poems by Robert Bly
Music by Shirish Korde
Libretto and direction by Lynn Kremer
A remounting of Lynn Kremer and Shirish Korde’s extraordinary music-theatre piece, previously produced at Holy Cross in 1991 and 1998. Rasa is a large-scale multi-media production yet, as The American Record Guide has written, it is “remarkable in its beauty and subtlety . . . of considerable musical richness.” A young woman escapes her native India for America after her fiancé is killed, relocating first in Manhattan, then in the heartland, and each time reinventing her identity. This is a story of startling metamorphoses and unexpected resurrections.