Two Yosemites

An Environmental Opera
Music and Libretto by Justin Ralls

Setting to music “the most famous camping trip in history,” Two Yosemites recreates the remarkable 1903 meeting between President Theodore Roosevelt and famous conservationist John Muir.

Indoor World Premiere performance / Two Yosemites / Sep 8
Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: music at 7:30pm, doors open at 6:30pm
Location: Lewis & Clark College, Agnus Flanagen Chapel
General Admission: $20 (tickets on sale soon)
Directions: Lewis & Clark College website

Outdoor World Premiere performances / Two Yosemites / Sep 15, 16
 Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time: music at 7:00pm, amphitheater opens at 6:00pm
Location: Lewis & Clark College, Law School Amphiteater
Suggested Donation: $15
Directions: Lewis & Clark College website
From Tryon Creek State Park: Map

“A must-see for the opera crowd, nature lovers, history buffs, or anyone who just loves a good story”  -Spreck Rosekrans, Executive Director, Restore Hetch Hetchy

President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir on Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park 1906

President Theodoore Roosevelt (left) poses with John Muir at the top of Glacier Point, Yosemite in 1903 (Image colorized by Marina Amaral and used with express permission).

THE OPERA sets to music the meeting between President Theodoore Roosevelt and conservationist John Muir on their historic, 1903 camping trip in Yosemite National Park. Arguably the most famous camping trip in history, it marked a pivotal moment in the emergent American Conservation movement to save and protect lands and wildlife from the exploitative impulses of the 19th and 20th Centuries. The two men shared much in common, however, where they diverged illuminated vastly different visions of our relationship with our environment. The drama takes place over the course of one evening, around the campfire at Glacier Point, yet within this setting, the archetypes of their concerns and experience, ultimately, express our own.

We embark on this journey with them; their words speak across time to the perennial engagement of our own consciousness. During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt signed into existence five national parks, 18 national monuments, 55 national bird sanctuaries and wildlife refuges, and 150 national forests. Two Yosemites tells the story of two powerful, eccentric, and passionate figures, whose meeting illuminates the debate of conservation, democracy, and the relationship of society with nature. It is a story of love and sacrifice and the fate of a long lost valley whose name became a rallying cry and a century of controversy. Learn more about the opera here.

SUPPORTERS Two Yosemites is proudly sponsored and endorsed in part by the Audubon Society of Portland and by grants from the Herbert A. Templeton Foundation and the Brookby Foundation. For sponsorship opportunities at any level contact Lisa Lipton at, or for individual donations visit our DONATE page.

Check out our successful crowdfunding campaign for a preview recital we held in 2016.