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Fellow Travelers

Fellow Travelers

Opera in two acts

libretto by Greg Pierce

based on the novel "Fellow Travelers" by Thomas Mallon


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
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Based on Thomas Mallon’s best-selling novel, Fellow Travelers takes place in 1950s Washington, D.C., and follows Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job in D.C. and – after Fuller’s advances – his first love affair. With senator McCarthy’s investigations into ‘sexual subversives’, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions, his love for God, and his love for Fuller – an entanglement that ends in a stunning act of betrayal.

"[A] heart-wrenching yet musically lucid drama ... The opening act is a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama ... With its smart music and sharp-edged romantic drama, Fellow Travelers seems assured of lasting appeal."
The New York Times

A moving opera with a seductively beautiful score … A distinctive musical voice [with] a rare ear for subtle, arresting combinations and sonorities … It is all very beautiful.
Opera Magazine (UK)

Fellow Travelers elicits tears not because it demands them, but through its understated treatment of an impossibly sad situation ... Throughout, the precision of [Spears's] operatic technique is formidable: this is music that breathes along with the story it tells ... Fellow Travelers' delicacy came through in full, and so did its emotional wallop.
OPERA NEWS

... a ravishing musical score ... Provocative, well-sung and inventively staged, it is an important work, and the kind that invites dialogue.
Cincinnati Enquirer

[Fellow Travelers] succeeds as a sad, tender love story of two men … Pierce’s taut, clean libretto keeps just enough of the political background to evoke the atmosphere of secrecy and paranoia of the period, but it zeroes in on the central relationship. Spears’s subtle, lyrical music is beautiful.
The Wall Street Journal

Fellow Travelers is one of the most accomplished new American operas I have encountered in recent years. It deserves to travel widely ...
Chicago Tribune
Details
Auftragswerk : Developed and Co-Commissioned by G. Sterling Zinsmeyer & Cincinnati Opera
Performance duration: 105'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 17. Juni 2016 Cincinnati, OH, Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre (USA) · Aaron Blake, tenor; Joseph Lattanzi, baritone; Devon Guthrie, soprano; Alexandra Schoeny, soprano; Talya Lieberman, soprano; Paul Scholten, baritone; Vernon Hartman, baritone; Philip Cutlip, baritone; Christian Pursell, bass-baritone; Lighting design: Thomas C. Hase; Executive Producer: G. Sterling Zinsmeyer · Dirigent: Mark Gibson · Cincinnati Opera · Inszenierung: Kevin Newbury · Kostüme: Paul Carey · Bühnenbild: Vita Tzykun
Year of composition: 2016
instrumentation: fl.ob.cl(bcl)-2tbn-pno-str(min 3.3.2.2.1)
occupation: Timothy Laughlin · tenor - Hawkins Fuller · baritone - Mary Johnson · soprano - Tommy McIntyre · baritone - Miss Lightfoot · soprano - Lucy · soprano - Estonian Frank/Interrogator/Senator McCarthy · baritone - Senator Potter/General Arlie/Bartender · baritone - Potter’s Assistant/Bookseller/Technician/French Priest · bass
Performances
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-26 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-23 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-21 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-19 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-17 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-16 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center | First Night
Orchestra: Lyric Opera of Chicago
2018-03-25 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Athenaeum Theatre
Orchestra: Lyric Opera of Chicago
2018-03-23 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Athenaeum Theatre
Orchestra: Lyric Opera of Chicago
2018-03-21 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Athenaeum Theatre
Orchestra: Lyric Opera of Chicago
2018-03-17 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Athenaeum Theatre
Orchestra: PROTOTYPE
2018-01-12 | New York (United States of America), Lynch Theater
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-07-10 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-07-08 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-30 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-28 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-25 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-23 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-19 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-17 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre | World Premiere
Based on Thomas Mallon’s best-selling novel, Fellow Travelers takes place in 1950s Washington, D.C., and follows Timothy Laughlin, a recent college graduate and devout Catholic eager to join the crusade against Communism. A chance encounter with a handsome State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, leads to Tim’s first job in D.C. and – after Fuller’s advances – his first love affair. With senator McCarthy’s investigations into ‘sexual subversives’, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions, his love for God, and his love for Fuller – an entanglement that ends in a stunning act of betrayal.

"[A] heart-wrenching yet musically lucid drama ... The opening act is a near-perfect example of fast-flowing musical drama ... With its smart music and sharp-edged romantic drama, Fellow Travelers seems assured of lasting appeal."
The New York Times

A moving opera with a seductively beautiful score … A distinctive musical voice [with] a rare ear for subtle, arresting combinations and sonorities … It is all very beautiful.
Opera Magazine (UK)

Fellow Travelers elicits tears not because it demands them, but through its understated treatment of an impossibly sad situation ... Throughout, the precision of [Spears's] operatic technique is formidable: this is music that breathes along with the story it tells ... Fellow Travelers' delicacy came through in full, and so did its emotional wallop.
OPERA NEWS

... a ravishing musical score ... Provocative, well-sung and inventively staged, it is an important work, and the kind that invites dialogue.
Cincinnati Enquirer

[Fellow Travelers] succeeds as a sad, tender love story of two men … Pierce’s taut, clean libretto keeps just enough of the political background to evoke the atmosphere of secrecy and paranoia of the period, but it zeroes in on the central relationship. Spears’s subtle, lyrical music is beautiful.
The Wall Street Journal

Fellow Travelers is one of the most accomplished new American operas I have encountered in recent years. It deserves to travel widely ...
Chicago Tribune
Auftragswerk : Developed and Co-Commissioned by G. Sterling Zinsmeyer & Cincinnati Opera
Performance duration: 105'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 17. Juni 2016 Cincinnati, OH, Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre (USA) · Aaron Blake, tenor; Joseph Lattanzi, baritone; Devon Guthrie, soprano; Alexandra Schoeny, soprano; Talya Lieberman, soprano; Paul Scholten, baritone; Vernon Hartman, baritone; Philip Cutlip, baritone; Christian Pursell, bass-baritone; Lighting design: Thomas C. Hase; Executive Producer: G. Sterling Zinsmeyer · Dirigent: Mark Gibson · Cincinnati Opera · Inszenierung: Kevin Newbury · Kostüme: Paul Carey · Bühnenbild: Vita Tzykun
Year of composition: 2016
instrumentation: fl.ob.cl(bcl)-2tbn-pno-str(min 3.3.2.2.1)
occupation: Timothy Laughlin · tenor - Hawkins Fuller · baritone - Mary Johnson · soprano - Tommy McIntyre · baritone - Miss Lightfoot · soprano - Lucy · soprano - Estonian Frank/Interrogator/Senator McCarthy · baritone - Senator Potter/General Arlie/Bartender · baritone - Potter’s Assistant/Bookseller/Technician/French Priest · bass
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-26 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-23 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-21 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-19 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-17 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Orchestra: Minnesota Opera Orchestra
2018-06-16 | Minneapolis, MN (United States of America), The Cowles Center | First Night
Orchestra: Lyric Opera of Chicago
2018-03-25 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Athenaeum Theatre
Orchestra: Lyric Opera of Chicago
2018-03-23 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Athenaeum Theatre
Orchestra: Lyric Opera of Chicago
2018-03-21 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Athenaeum Theatre
Orchestra: Lyric Opera of Chicago
2018-03-17 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Athenaeum Theatre
Orchestra: PROTOTYPE
2018-01-12 | New York (United States of America), Lynch Theater
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-07-10 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-07-08 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-30 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-28 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-25 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-23 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-19 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre
Conductor: Mark Gibson
Orchestra: Cincinnati Opera
2016-06-17 | Cincinnati, OH (United States of America), Aranoff Center for the Performing Arts, Jarson-Kaplan Theatre | World Premiere