We Wear the Sea Like a Coat

Music by Sally Lamb McCune
Libretto by Rachel Lampert & Yvonne Gray

World Premiere
March 3, 4, & 5, 2022 at 8:00 PM
March 6, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Produced in association with Ithaca College School of Music and Department of Theatre Arts

About the opera

We Wear the Sea Like a Coat tells the contemporary story of an American couple living on an island in Orkney, Scotland for a year.  Sara, an oceanographer, is on an environmental assignment.  Jonathan, a writer, is newly unemployed.  As outsiders, they find themselves at the center of conflict between conservation and exploitation.  In a radically changing world, they face their own existential questions about building a family. As truths unfold, Sara is forced to come to terms with what matters most.

Creative Team

Composer: Sally Lamb McCune
Librettists: Rachel Lampert and Yvonne Gray
Director: Ben Robinson
Conductor: Christopher Zemliauskas

Scenic Designer: Rebecca Gottbetter
Costume Designer: Hannah Sotnek
Lighting Designer: Keegan Webber
Production Stage Manager: Christina Johns


Sara: Elena Galván / Sofia Medaglia
Jonathan: Dann Coakwell
Rowan: Mariya Kaganskaya / Madison Hoerbelt
Alastair: Steven Stull
Colin: Brad Bickhardt
Charlie: Nicholas Capodilupo
Brian: Matthew Amori
Marcus: Evan Sacco
Maggie: Ava Dunton
Tern 1: Anchal Indu Dhir
Tern 2: Mayavati Prabhakar
Tern 3: Athena Rajnai


We Wear the Sea Like a Coat is the first opera produced as a part of the Inside the Creative Process incubator series. Inside the Creative Process is generously supported by New Music USA and the New York State Council on the Arts.