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



Composed by Shawn Okpebholo  
Poems by Marcus Amaker

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

Limited Digital Release
November 11-18, 2021
Live Performances in Fall 2021 TBA – stay tuned!

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. In an effort to capture the national significance of the Tomb, UrbanArias has partnered with opera companies from around the country for the project, which will include a live performance and a film.

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. 

     Schyler Vargas, baritone      Taylor Raven, mezzo-soprano     Michael Mayes, baritone

     Robert Wood, conductor         Kristine McIntyre, director       Inscape Chamber Orchestra