I was so excited today when this new album was brought to my attention. Anais Mitchell, a folk artist who I am ashamed to say I have never heard of, has composed a folk opera about the myth of Orpheus and Euridyce. It tells the story set in a post-apocalyptic America. The recording features other folk artists that I am not familiar with as well as folk Icon Ani DiFranco as Persephone.
I can't tell you whether or not it is good - I have only listened to the samples on Amazon, but I am very excited to listen to the whole album on Tuesday, March 9th when it is released. Below, however, is a video of a recent performance of one of the songs, "How Long?"sung by Mitchell herself. I am most impressed.
What a fantastic story to be told just before Persephone's own return from the Underworld.