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Democracy: An American Comedy
Scott Wheeler
Romulus Linney
Ann Manson, Conductor; John Pascoe, Designer/Director
Members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of Washington National Opera. Ulysses S. Grant, bass-baritone; Julia Grant, soprano; Reverend Stephen Hazard, tenor; Esther Dudley, soprano; Lydia Dudley, contralto; Senator Silas P. Raitcliffe, baritone; Mrs. Madeleine Lee, mezzo-soprano; Baron Jacobi, baritone; Mrs. Samuel "Essy" Baker, soprano
January 28, 2005
The Washington Opera
Madeleine Lee, a rich widow from New York, comes to Washington, where she falls in love with Senator Silas Raitcliffe. Esther Dudley, a photographer, falls in love with the Reverend Stephen Hazard. The men propose marriage and the women initially accept them. However, as the realities of both politics and personal power become more clear to the women, they eventually reject the men. The opera is declarred a comedy with a happy, if bitter, ending.
Democracy is about love and power -- both political power as it is exercised in Washington, DC and the personal power of two charismatic men and of two strong and principled women. Although the opera is set in 1875, its language is direct and contemporary. So are its themes. For the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program.
28 - 35 players: 2 fl(pic, afl), 2 ob, 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn - 2hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn - mand - hp, hpsd, 2 perc - str
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