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Modern Painters
David Lang
Manuela Hoelterhoff
Francesca Zambello (Director)
George Manahan (Conductor)
Alison Chitty (Set Design)
François Le Roux (John Ruskin)
Ann Panagualias (Effie Gray, Ruskin's wife)
Sheila Nadler (Ruskin's Mother)
Dale Travis (Ruskin's Father)
Judith Christin (Effie's Mother)
Mark Thomsen (John Everett Millais, Ruskin's best friend)
Margaret Mack (Mrs. La Touche)
Kathryn Crosman
Barry Busse
July 29, 1995
The Santa Fe Opera
The opera revolves around Ruskin's unconsummated marriage to his young cousin, Effie Gray. A wedding night scene shows Ruskin devastated by the discovery that a female body, in the flesh, cannot compare with the perfection of classical sculpture. An equally frustrated Effie turns to the pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais, with whom she falls in love and later marries. Meanwhile, Ruskin becomes obsessed with 13-year-old Rose La Touche. Her mother goes to Effie and Millais for help, and Effie vows to spread a national scandal and "see him to the gates of hell." The final scene finds the mentally crippled Ruskin vainly lecturing a worker audience and ranting about his own hates and desires. A female chorus sympathetically grants him peace and lets him die.
Vogue, Michael Kimmelman, 8-95; Voice, Leighton Kerner, 8-22-95; The Dallas Morning News, Lawson Taitte, 8-13-95; Santa Fe Reporter, John Stege, 8-[28]-95; The New York Times, James R. Oestreich, 8-7-95; San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman, 8-4-95; Rocky Mountain News, Allen Young, 8-2-95; Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed, 8-1-95; The Washington Post, Joseph McLellan, 8-1-95; Albuquerque Journal, Joanne Sheehy Hoover, 7-31-95; The Wall Street Journal, Raymond Sokolov, 7-31-95; Opera News, Mark Swed, 6-95
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2 fl(picc), 2 ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn - 4 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn - 2 perc - pf(syn), hp - str
Alternates between minimalism and chordal lyricism that evokes Copland and Bernstein; repetitive melodies; through-composed; conventional instrumentation; aggressive percussion
Red Poppy Music; available through G. Schirmer, Inc.
257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Schedule of Performances Listings
Modern Painters (Lang)
Saturday, July 29, 1995 - Santa Fe Opera

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