Belladonna
Composer: Bernard Rands
Librettist: Leslie Dunton-Downer
Other Artistic Personnel: Edward Berkeley (director)
David Zinman (conductor and music director)
Original Cast: Makiko Narumi (Agatha Liu)
Katrina Thurman (Sister Suzanna)
Noah Stewart (Simon West)
Premiere Date: July 29, 1999
Producing Company: Aspen Music Festival
Description: Five women at dinner discuss love. The model is Plato's "Symposium". Linearly, Belladonna follows events of the Easter passion—The Last Supper leads to scenes of temptation, solitude, betrayal, trial, execution, and resurrection. The gender inversion of Greek and Christian models produces effects as comical as they are moving.
Comments: Commissioned by the Aspen Festival for its 50th anniversary season in 1999.
Length: 01:40
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: 2 Choruses
Orchestration: 1 fl(afl), 1 ob, 1 cl(bcl), 1 asx, 1 bsn - 1 hrn, 1 trp, 1 trb - 2 perc - hp, pf - str
Musical Style: Chamber opera; Mise en scène
Contact: Schott Music Corporation
Composer Web Site: http://www.bernardrands.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schott-music.com
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