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Thursday
Apr282016

Rehearsals for The Scarlet Letter Opera with Opera Colorado

Rehearsals have been fantastic! You can watch video from our recent rehearsal by clicking here.

I am so grateful to Opera Colorado and the fantastic cast, orchestra and creative team! The Opera Colorado site has biographical information for everyone — please visit www.operacolorado.org.

Wednesday
Mar022016

Sorel Organization 2016 Recording Grant 

The Sorel Organization has awarded their 2016 Recording Grant to Opera Colorado to record The Scarlet Letter by Lori Laitman.

The opera will be recorded live, and Naxos will release the CD.

For more information about The Sorel Organization, please click here.

Saturday
Feb272016

Pellicciotti Opera Prize 2018 Finalists

I am proud to announce that librettist Leah Lax and I are one of the four finalist teams for the 2018 Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize. Leah Lax is adapting her moving memoir "Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home."

Other finalists include composer Patrick Soluri and librettist Deborah Brevoort; composer and librettist Tom Cipullo; and composer Anthony Davis and librettist Joan Ross Sorkin. For more information about the prize, please click here.

To purchase Leah's memoir, please click here.

Saturday
Feb272016

Unsung - A Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Centennial Commission

Unsung, for orchestra, was commissioned in late 2015 by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, Music Director — as one of ten Centennial Celebration Commissions. The commissions celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Further information about the commission will be forthcoming.

The premiere dates are September 29, 2016, 8 pm at Strathmore Hall in N.Bethesda, MD

September 30, 2016 at 8 pm at the Meyerhoff Concert Hall in Baltimore, MD and

October 1, 2016 at 8 pm, also at the Meyerhoff.

To purchase tickets, please click here.

Thursday
Feb182016

Expanded Orchestration for The Scarlet Letter 

I have added additional winds and one horn to the orchestration for The Scarlet Letter, allowing for a larger and darker range of sound.

The new orchestration is as follows:

2 Flutes/Piccolo

2 Oboes/English Horn

2 Clarinets in B flat/Bass Clarinet

2 Bassoons

2 Horns in F

Trumpet in C

Trombone

Timpani: 5 (20, 23, 26, 29, 32)

Percussion: Bass Drum, Chimes (high and low Eb), Cymbals — medium suspended (brushes, mallets, sticks), Finger Cymbals, Gong, Snare Drum, Tambourine and Triangle

Harp

Piano/Celesta

Voices (solo and chorus)

Violins 1 & 2 (8,8) Viola (6) Violoncello (4) Double Bass (2)

The characters and choruses remain the same, except I am customizing Hester's lines for coloratura Laura Claycomb.

LEADING ROLES

Hester Prynne, a seamstress: soprano

Arthur Dimmesdale, a young minister: tenor

Roger Chillingworth, a doctor: baritone

MINOR ROLES

Mistress Hibbons, a witch: mezzo-soprano

John Wilson, an elder minister: tenor

Governor Bellingham: baritone

Pearl, Hester's young daughter: non-speaking actor

CHORUS (SATB) Minimum 8

The Chorus Includes:

A Sailor (Baritone)

A Farmer (Tenor)

A Shipmaster (Baritone)

3 Goodwives (2 Sopranos, 1 Mezzo-soprano)

The Beadle (Baritone)

As needed, assorted Indians and townsfolk

These secondary roles can be cast from the chorus.