The finale [of Whitman Portrait] is a moving setting of Whitman’s death song, “Darest thou now, O Soul, walk out with me toward the unknown region.” It was sung by Michelle Johnson, a young soprano who’s been playing title roles all over the United States, and it brought the evening to a rousing close. Johnson’s voice floated over a torrent of piano music, singing a vocal line that matched the flow of Whitman’s language.
– Broad Street Review, 5 May 2015
Whitman Portrait was begun at the MacDowell Colony in 2013 and completed while I was a fellow of the American Opera Projects’ Composers & the Voice program. It was premiered at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, PA.