Anaïs is truly a genius. She conceived and wrote Hadestown (in collaboration with Ben Matchstick and Michael Chorney), a folk opera based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. She recorded and released a star studded version of the opera- including Ani Difranco and Greg Brown.
Do yourself the pleasure of listening to a song from the recorded version. This features Ben Knox Miller from The Low Anthem and Justin Vernon from Bon Iver - "Wait For Me"
Anaïs Mitchell all alone was already at genius status in my book. Her CD The Brightness was one of my favorites in 2007. This is the lead track "Fonder Heart":
Both Hadestown and The Brightness are available online from Righteous Babe & your favorite local record store