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The culmination of her life's work, New York-based visual artist Lesley Dill's opera Divide Light is based on the complete works of poet Emily Dickinson. Composed by Richard Marriott, founder of Club Foot Orchestra, Divide Light follows a dramatic and emotional contour, exploring a range of emotions from joy, ecstasy and fear to vulnerability and exhilaration.

Divide Light premiered August 13, 2008 at the Montalvo Arts Center and featured lush performances by Del Sol String Quartet; the 45-voices of The Choral Project; Jennifer Goltz, soprano; Kathleen Moss, mezzo soprano; and Andrew Eisenmann, baritone. The performers sang Dickinson's words and also wore ravishing costumes with the words scrawled across them. The set was a stunning video installation of poems and Dill's evocative black-and-white photographs.

Divide Light was commissioned by Montalvo Arts Center, and supported in part by grants from the Rockefeller Foundation Multi Arts Production Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Divide Light was sponsored by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. New Camarata Opera (New York) is rehearsing for a second production of Divide Light, scheduled to open in Spring 2018.