A Dream Fulfilled — The Saga of George Washington Carver
Composer: Michael Patterson
Librettist: Michael Patterson
Other Artistic Personnel: Robert L. Larsen
Original Cast: George Washington Carver, Helen & John Mulholland, Mis Etta M. Budd, Alice Boulton, Pauline Tyler, Mrs. Arthur W. Liston, Dr. L.H. Pammel, Chairman Joseph Fordney, Mr. John N. Garner, Mr. Henry T. Reney, The Secretary - characters are portrayed in 3 different scenes, ultiizing the 7 voices listed previously
Premiere Date: January 26, 2009
Producing Company: Des Moines Metro Opera
Description: This one-act opera describes the life and times of George Washington Carver in Iowa and his life-long connections of people with whom he lived, studied and worked while in the state, and for the remainder of his life. His time in the Hawkeye state helped him develop his methods of teaching and research that propelled him to national prominence. The personal and professional connections established while in Iowa would help lead him to the halls of Congress and provoke national luminaries to visit him at the Tuskegee Institute. “A Dream Fulfilled” is composed for a touring cast of seven singers, musical and technical director. Written for upper-elementary, middle and high school students, this 60 minute opera introduces most of the elements of opera in a neo-romantic idiom. Contained in the work is a prologue, three scenes, an entr’acte and an epilogue. The opera features Carver preparing to enter college in 1890, his time as a student, a later meeting with the House Ways and Means Committee in 1921 and his return to Iowa as an esteemed professor in 1941.
Length: 01:00
Musical Style: contemporary, neo-romantic
Contact: Dr. Michael Patterson
Address: Simpson College
Indianola, IA 50125
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