Our Town (opera)
Our Town is a three-act opera by composer Ned Rorem and librettist J. D. McClatchy. It is the first opera to be adapted from the Thornton Wilder play of the same name. The opera was commissioned by Indiana University, Opera Boston, the Aspen Music Festival and School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Lake George Opera in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, Calif.
It was premiered by Indiana University Opera Theater with student singers and orchestra on 25 February 2006. Its professional debut was at the Lake George Opera on 1 July 2006. It covers the same ground as the play, dealing with birth, maturity and death. Rorem created pleasant melodies and sparseness to maintain the feel of the original production. The opera is virtually sung through, with little spoken dialogue. As with play, the libretto calls for no sets, a bare stage, and limited props. It was performed recently by the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio.
Opening night Cast: (Main Roles: Played by)
Stage Manager (tenor): Stuart Laing
Emily Webb (soprano): Sky Ingram
George Gibbs (tenor): Alexandros Tsilogiannis
Mrs Gibbs (mezzo-soprano): Kathryn McAdam
Dr. Gibbs (bass): Barnaby Rae
Mr Webb (baritone): Ashley Riches
Mrs Webb (soprano): Emily Blanch
Simon Stimson, the choirmaster (tenor): Jorge Navarro-Colorado
Mrs Soames (mezzo-soprano): Anna Starushkevych
The Opera is scheduled to be performed at the Central City Opera in Colorado during the summer 2013 season and at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University February 21-23, 2014.
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