Gans-Morse’s music deftly combined influences from the early Renaissance and Baroque (and even a bit of Dixieland jazz)… Contemporary opera is alive in Oregon, and not just that, it’s vital, addressing contemporary issues with determination and compassion.

James McQuillen, The Oregonian

Coverage of How Can You Own The Sky?


Oregon ArtsWatch

4/17/18: Rogue Valley Symphony preview: season of renewal

Medford Mail Tribune

4/18/18: Rogue Valley Symphony brings message of joy and hope

“How Can You Own The Sky? provides emotional catharsis on par with the great masterworks of the past. The dramatic score is brought to life through first-class orchestration and connects seamlessly with the poetry. Both the musicians and the audience were deeply touched by the experience.”

Martin Majkut, Conductor

Additional media appearances & profiles


Oregon ArtsWatch

Composer Ethan Gans-Morse:
Music as Social Voice

Oregon Public Broadcasting

State of Wonder: Opera Exploring Veterans’ Journey To Premiere

National Opera Association

The Sacred in Opera Newsletter: Interview with Ethan Gans-Morse

Oregon Quarterly

An Opera is Born: …Ethan Gans-Morse provides a template for… a 400-year-old art form.

All-Classical Portland

Northwest Previews:
The creators of The Canticle of the Black Madonna

Jefferson Public Radio

The Jefferson Exchange:
Afghanistan, PTSD, and The Gulf Spill–in Opera

OpEd News

Can the Power of Love Heal the Wounds of War? Veterans Meet the Black Madonna

University of Oregon School of Music

Through the Eyes of Someone Different:
Alum’s Opera Spreads Awareness

Additional coverage of The Canticle of the Black Madonna


Portland Monthly

9/4/14 Portland Monthly

‘The Canticle of the Black Madonna’ Wants to Redefine Opera

Portland Monthly

9/3/14 Willamette Week

Battle Cry: A new opera explores the traumatic aftermath of combat

Portland Monthly

9/2/14 The Oregonian

New opera, ‘The Canticle of the Black Madonna,’ takes on PTSD

Portland Monthly

7/2/14 Medford Mail Tribune

Local opera about PTSD draws national attention

Portland Monthly

6/19/14 Oregon ArtsWatch

Preview: Bringing Anima Mundi’s “Canticle of the Black Madonna” to life


Roundup of Reviews

Read a roundup of all reviews on the opera’s website

James McQuillen of The Oregonian

An Oregon-grown opera addresses modern tragedies with rich music and compassion

Igor Levental, formerly of Opera News and Opera Canada

Review of The Canticle of the Black Madonna (PDF)

James Bash of Northwest Reverb

“The Canticle of the Black Madonna” – a fine effort by a new opera to tackle serious subjects

Rowan Wolf of OpEd News

Can the Power of Love Heal the Wounds of War? Veterans Meet the Black Madonna

Classical music is often rightly accused of ignoring the here and now. Fortunately, many younger composers are using classical and postclassical forms to help us understand the sometimes-unpleasant realities of the world we live in.

Brett Campbell, writing about Ethan Gans-Morse in Eugene Weekly