Mary Shelley
Composer: Allan Jaffe
Librettist: Deborah Atherton
Other Artistic Personnel: Ben Levit, Director; Alan Johnson, Music Director; Stephen Hannock, Set Designer; Peter J. Jakubowski, Lighting Designer; Claudia Carlson, Graphic Designer
Original Cast: Barbara Rearick (Mary Shelley); Scott Murphree (Percy Shelley); Michael Lofton (the Monster); Peter Stewart (Byron); Susan Eichhorn (Mrs. Godwi); Robin Massie (Claire Clairmont); Anthony Turner (Mr. Godwin); Melanie Mitrano (Harriet Shelley)
Work Web Site: www.claudiagraphics.com/shelley/index.htm
Premiere Date: May 16, 2002
Producing Company: Parabola Arts
Description: This two-act opera follows Mary Shelley's evolution as an artist before and after the creation of "Frankenstein". It begins with the romance between Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and Percy Shelley in 1814 and ends after Shelley's drowning in 1823. Through the creation and acknowledgment of The Monster, Mary comes to a dramatic recognition of her own voice as an artist.
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: fl, ob, cl, bsn - hrn - vln, vla, vc, db, pf
Musical Style: MARY SHELLEY uses a musical language that is predominantly tonal. The drama of the story is enhanced by harmonies derived from the composer's jazz background. The vocal lines are lyrical and set in a rhythmic environment that is complex, yet visceral and compelling.
Contact: Allan Jaffe or Deborah Atherton
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