On November 5, 7, and 13, 2010, The University of Connecticut gave a stunning premiere performance of The Wooden Sword, a chamber opera in one act and winner of the 2007 Sackler Prize in Composition. Gary English’s superb directing and Jeffrey Renshaw’s lively conducting delighted the audiences. A new production will be mounted by the Stony Brook OPera with performances at the Staller Center for the Arts on March 25 and 27, and one at Symphony Space in New York City on March 31, 2011. With roots in Jewish and Afghani cultures, the folk tale of Hazim the simple cobbler and how his humility and cleverness provide insight for the mighty King Zamani is one of the world’s archetypical stories. See more on The Wooden Sword page.