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Paul's Case

Paul's Case

Opera in 2 acts

based on the short story "Paul's Case" (1905) by Willa Cather

Libretto by Kathryn Walat and Gregory Spears


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
description
In Willa Cather’s story, an enigmatic high school student, on the cusp of maturity and with no outlet for his artistic energies, cultivates the image of a dandy in response to his middle-class surroundings. Through the deft use of post-minimal and Baroque styles, the opera reminds us of our own struggle to cope with what Cather calls ‘the homilies by which the world is run’.
Details
Auftragswerk : Paul’s Case was developed by American Opera Projects in part with funds from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts
Performance duration: 85'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 20. April 2013 Arlington, VA, Artisphere (USA) · Jonathan Blalock; Keith Phares; Melissa Wimbish; Amanda Crider; Michael Slattery; Erin Sanzero; James Shaffran · Dirigent: Robert Wood · Inszenierung: Kevin Newbury · Kostüme: Amanda Seymour · Bühnenbild: Timothy Mackabee
Year of composition: 2013
instrumentation: 2cl(1.cl in A, handheld school bell 2.bcl, bird whistle)-hp.pno-str(2vn.va.vc.db)
occupation: Paul · tenor - Paul’s Father · baritone - History Teacher/Opera Singer 1/Maid 1 · soprano - Drawing Teacher/Opera Singer 2/Maid 2 · soprano - English Teacher/Maid 3 · mezzo-soprano - Yale Boy · tenor - Principal/Bellboy · bass
Performances
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
2014-03-02 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
2014-02-28 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
2014-02-25 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
2014-02-25 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
2014-02-22 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Conductor: Robert Wood
Orchestra: American Modern Ensemble
2014-01-13 | New York, NY (United States of America), HERE Arts Center
Conductor: Robert Wood
Orchestra: American Modern Ensemble
2014-01-12 | New York, NY (United States of America), HERE Arts Center
Conductor: Robert Wood
Orchestra: American Modern Ensemble
2014-01-11 | New York, NY (United States of America), HERE Arts Center
Conductor: Robert Wood
Orchestra: American Modern Ensemble
2014-01-09 | New York, NY (United States of America), HERE Arts Center
Conductor: Robert Wood
Orchestra: American Modern Ensemble
2014-01-08 | New York, NY (United States of America), HERE Arts Center
Conductor: Robert Wood
2013-04-28 | Arlington, VA (United States of America), Urban Arias, Artisphere
Conductor: Robert Wood
2013-04-27 | Arlington, VA (United States of America), Urban Arias, Artisphere
Conductor: Robert Wood
2013-04-26 | Arlington, VA (United States of America), Urban Arias, Artisphere
Conductor: Robert Wood
2013-04-21 | Arlington, VA (United States of America), Urban Arias, Artisphere
Conductor: Robert Wood
2013-04-20 | Arlington, VA (United States of America), Urban Arias, Artisphere | World Premiere
In Willa Cather’s story, an enigmatic high school student, on the cusp of maturity and with no outlet for his artistic energies, cultivates the image of a dandy in response to his middle-class surroundings. Through the deft use of post-minimal and Baroque styles, the opera reminds us of our own struggle to cope with what Cather calls ‘the homilies by which the world is run’.
Auftragswerk : Paul’s Case was developed by American Opera Projects in part with funds from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts
Performance duration: 85'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 20. April 2013 Arlington, VA, Artisphere (USA) · Jonathan Blalock; Keith Phares; Melissa Wimbish; Amanda Crider; Michael Slattery; Erin Sanzero; James Shaffran · Dirigent: Robert Wood · Inszenierung: Kevin Newbury · Kostüme: Amanda Seymour · Bühnenbild: Timothy Mackabee
Year of composition: 2013
instrumentation: 2cl(1.cl in A, handheld school bell 2.bcl, bird whistle)-hp.pno-str(2vn.va.vc.db)
occupation: Paul · tenor - Paul’s Father · baritone - History Teacher/Opera Singer 1/Maid 1 · soprano - Drawing Teacher/Opera Singer 2/Maid 2 · soprano - English Teacher/Maid 3 · mezzo-soprano - Yale Boy · tenor - Principal/Bellboy · bass
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
2014-03-02 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
2014-02-28 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
2014-02-25 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
2014-02-25 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Conductor: Glenn Lewis
2014-02-22 | Pittsburgh, PA (United States of America), George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters
Conductor: Robert Wood
Orchestra: American Modern Ensemble
2014-01-13 | New York, NY (United States of America), HERE Arts Center
Conductor: Robert Wood
Orchestra: American Modern Ensemble
2014-01-12 | New York, NY (United States of America), HERE Arts Center
Conductor: Robert Wood
Orchestra: American Modern Ensemble
2014-01-11 | New York, NY (United States of America), HERE Arts Center
Conductor: Robert Wood
Orchestra: American Modern Ensemble
2014-01-09 | New York, NY (United States of America), HERE Arts Center
Conductor: Robert Wood
Orchestra: American Modern Ensemble
2014-01-08 | New York, NY (United States of America), HERE Arts Center
Conductor: Robert Wood
2013-04-28 | Arlington, VA (United States of America), Urban Arias, Artisphere
Conductor: Robert Wood
2013-04-27 | Arlington, VA (United States of America), Urban Arias, Artisphere
Conductor: Robert Wood
2013-04-26 | Arlington, VA (United States of America), Urban Arias, Artisphere
Conductor: Robert Wood
2013-04-21 | Arlington, VA (United States of America), Urban Arias, Artisphere
Conductor: Robert Wood
2013-04-20 | Arlington, VA (United States of America), Urban Arias, Artisphere | World Premiere