Rain
Composer: Richard Owen
Librettist: Richard Owen
Other Artistic Personnel: Richard Owen Jr., Conductor; Sam Helfrich, Stage Director
Original Cast: Lynn Owen, Marc Embree, Catherine Kelly, David Gordon, Adina Aaron, Robert Hoyt and Ronita Miller
Premiere Date: February 06, 2003
Producing Company: Camerata New York
Description: In 1919, on a steamy South Pacific Island, an unlikely party of travelers are stranded due to a cholera quarantine. They are a missionary couple, the Davidsons, a Doctor McPhail and his wife and Sadie Thompson, a free-spirited prostitute fleeing a conviction. She runs afoul of Davidson, a sin-hating missionary who decides to save her soul. Fleeing the police in Honolulu and a prison term in San Francisco, Sadie eventually sees in Davidson the promise of a better life and accepts his teachings, although becoming uncertain and dispirited. Davidson conceives a passion for her as his "Mary Magdalene" and, the night before her deportation, acts on this. In shame and confusion, he commits suicide. Sadie, unaware of his suicide, emerges the next morning as her former spirited self, declaring that all men are "pigs."
Comments: Premiered at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC in February of 2003.
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: 3
Musical Style: Modern harmonic style expressing the large emotions of traditional Italianate opera; incorporates elements of ragtime from the period (1919).
Contact: Richard Owen
Address: 21 Claremont Ave.
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Phone: 212-805-6155 or 212-864-4968
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