Hilma, a multi-part opera by Daniel Zlatkin, is an invitation to step into the world of Hilma af Klint, the occultist Swedish painter, considered by many as the first modern abstract artist. Through Zlatkin's original music and libretto, we follow Hilma as she goes on a spiritual journey, aided by her living friends and astral guardians. Through five scenes, supported by an all-student cast and orchestra, the realization of Hilma's artistic vision unfolds. \r\n\r\nThe cast includes Emily Jaworski (Hilma); Aviana Burkepile (Anna); Jessica Crowell (Cornelia); Jillian Krempasky (Sigrid); Tessa Fackelmann (Mathilda); Travon Walker, (Clement); Mario Manzo (Gregor); Grant Jackson (Ananda); James McCarthy (Amaliel).\r\n\r\nLed by Kevin Fitzgerald, conductor, performing musicians include Jeff Siegfried (saxophone); Nick Finley (percussion); Robin Tozzie (violin); Weilan Li (viola); Evan Nicholson (violoncello); and Samantha St. John (contrabass). Support also comes from Ryan McGettigan (staging), Heather Breikjern (costumes), and Samantha Gorecki (makeup).\r\n\r\nThis performance is partially funded through Rice University's Arts Initiative Fund.