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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus
Libby Larsen
Libby Larsen (b. 24 December 1950, Wilmington, Delaware) is one of America’s most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over twelve operas. Grammy Award winning and widely recorded, including over fifty CD’s of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory. As a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time, in 1973 Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composer’s Forum, which has become an invaluable aid for composers in a transitional time for American arts. A former holder of the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Larsen has also held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.
Libby Larsen
Nicholas Muni (Director)
Dale Johnson (Conductor)
Terry Simpson (Video Designer)
Duane Schuler (Lighting Designer)
Jack Barkla (Set Designer)
Steven Tharp (Dr. Frankenstein (Victor))
Tom Schumacher (The Man)
Christian Swenson (The Monster)
Mary Laymon (Justine)
Andrew Ashcroft (William Frankenstein)
Bradley Greenwald (Henry Clerval)
Elisabeth Comeaux (Frankenstein's fiancée Elizabeth)
Gordon Holleman (Walton)
May 25, 1990
The Minnesota Opera
A brilliant doctor, Victor Frankenstein, uses his medical knowledge to create a human life, which he immediately repels as a monstrous and evil creation. The monster is cast out and forced to endure a lonely and alienated existence. The doctor first agrees to create a mate for the monster, but then refuses, enraging the monster. The monster responds by murdering all of the people that Dr. Frankenstein holds dear: his bride, Elizabeth; his brother, William; and his best friend, Clerval. He also causes the death of Elizabeth's friend, Justine. In the end, Victor, half-mad, must lead his lonely existence in endless pursuit of the monster.
Victor Frankenstein (t)
Ship Victor (t)
Elizabeth (s)
Captain Robert Walton (bar)
William (boy s)
Justine (mz)
Henry Clerval (bar)
The Monster, Sailors
Bay Area Reporter, George Heymont, 7-12-90; Opera News, 5-90; The Washington Post, Joseph McClellan, 5-28-90
Not Available
Offstage Chorus (8 women, live or unsynthesized)
fl (picc), ob (Eng. hrn), cl (bcl), bsn (cbn) - hrn, tpt - 2 perc, timp, kbd (pf, DX7 syn), str quintet; elec music
Tonal, dramatic orchestration; lyrical; quick edits in the monster's music
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