Hydrogen Jukebox
Composer: Philip Glass
Librettist: Allen Ginsberg
Work Web Site: http://www.philipglass.com/music/compositions/hydrogen_jukebox.php
Premiere Date: April 29, 1990
Producing Company: Spoleto Festival USA
Description: Drawing upon Ginsberg's poetry, this music/theatre piece is a portrait of Amercia that covers the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's, seen by the collaborators Glass, Ginsberg and Sirlin. Its content ranges from highly personal poems of Ginsberg to his reflection on social issues: the anti-war movement, the sexual revolution, drugs, eastern philosophy, environmental awareness. The six vocal parts represent six archetypal Amercian characters - a waitress, a policeman, a businessman, a cheerleader, a priest, a mechanic.
Character List (Major): 2S, Mz, T, Bar, B
Comments: Described as a music/theater piece by Philip Glass, Allen Ginsberg and Jerome Sirlin.
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: ssx (fl), ssx (tsx, bcl)/ 2 perc (timp, SD, BD, tuned drums, tgl, tamb, cow bells, wdbl, anvil, finger cyms, cym, tpl.bl) 2 syn (1 piano), hand claps
Contact: Dunvagen Music Publishers
Address: 632 Broadway, Suite 802
New York, NY 10012
E-mail Address: info@dunvagen.com
Phone: (212) 979-2080
Composer Web Site: http://www.philipglass.com/
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2011 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase
Project Name: Hydrogen Jukebox
Awardee(s): Rafael Gallegos
Director: Rafael Gallegos
Designer: Set and Lighting Designer: Brett J. Banakis, Costume Designer: Sydney Maresca


"Drawing upon Ginsberg's poetry, this music/theatre piece is a portrait of Amercia that covers the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's, seen by the collaborators Glass, Ginsberg and Sirlin. "
About the 2011 Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase
This bi-annual program is offered as part of OPERA America’s continuing effort to foster emerging opera artists. The showcase, made possible through support from the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, has been established to bring promising talent to the attention of the field and connect promising directors and designers with those who are in a position to advance their careers. Twenty-seven director-driven teams submitted proposals for consideration in this second showcase round. Four finalist teams were selected by panelists Donald Eastman, designer; Kevin Patterson, general director, Austin Lyric Opera; Tazewell Thompson, stage director; and Diane Wondisford, producing director, Music-Theatre Group. As opera is an intrinsically collaborative art form, the projects chosen were selected not only because they demonstrate the requisite creativity and skill, but because they display true collaboration, creative vibrancy and collective passion.

Each team is given $2,000 to be used toward further research and the production of more comprehensive renderings and models. Up to two representatives from each finalist team receive travel, lodging and registration to attend Opera Conference 2011 in Boston, MA to present their proposals to opera producers at a special session and to network with conference attendees.
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Saturday, May 30, 2015 - Long Beach Opera
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Sunday, July 27, 2014 - West Edge Opera
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - Fort Worth Opera
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