If death has a sound, then I am now its echo

A New Digital Film Available November 11- December 11, 2021


Composer: Shawn Okpebholo
Poet: Marcus Amaker
World Premiere: October 5, 2021, presented by Wolf Trap’s Chamber Music at the Barns
Digital Premiere: November 11, 2021

“Soldiers never die until they are forgotten. Tomb Guards never forget.”

UNKNOWN is a dramatic song cycle honoring the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery, which occurs on November 11, 2021. UNKNOWN explores the ideas of war, honor, and memory through the eyes of soldiers, family members, and Tomb Guards who are connected to each other and the Tomb through their mutual service and sacrifice.

Commissioned by UrbanArias with the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Opera Colorado, Minnesota Opera, Opera Birmingham, and Stephen E. and Dorothy P. Bird



Michael Mayes

baritone | Bio

Taylor Raven

mezzo-soprano | Bio

Schyler Vargas

baritone | Bio

Creative Team

Shawn Okpebholo

composer | Bio

Marcus Amaker

poet | Bio
headshot of director Kristine McIntyre

Kristine McIntyre

director | Bio
Headshot of conductor Robert Wood

Robert Wood

conductor | Bio

Available On Demand


Digital Access November 11-December 11, 2021
No Longer Available