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WATCH: Ricky Ian Gordon

Renowned American composer Ricky Ian Gordon takes audiences on a deeply personal journey in his opera “The Tibetan Book of the Dead.” The work was inspired by his late partner, Jeffrey, a love gordon lost to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s. This rarely performed opera being presented by the Eastman Opera Theatre teaches us how to transition from life to death without fear. 
Ricky Ian Gordon, in residency at Eastman, joins this edition of Need to Know to expand on the opera’s mission and intended impact.