John Brown
Composer: Kirke Mechem
Librettist: Kirke Mechem
Other Artistic Personnel: Kristine McIntyre (Director)
Ward Holmquist (Conductor)
Mary Traylor (Costume Designer)
R. Keith Brumley (Set Designer)
Original Cast: James Maddalena (John Brown)
Donnie Ray Albert (Frederick Douglass)
David Gagnon (J. E. B. Stuart)
Patrick Miller (Oliver Brown)
Jennifer Aylmer (Martha Barber)
Premiere Date: May 03, 2008
Producing Company: Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Description: The piece is based on the life of famed abolitionist John Brown. It explores the major role that Brown played in the fight to determine if Kansas would enter the Union as a free or slave state.
Character List (Major): John Brown (bar)
Oliver Brown (t)
Martha Barbe (s)
Frederick Douglass (bbar)
Lt. J.E.B. Stuart (t)
Character List (Minor): Governor Shannon (b)
Governor Wise (b)
Charles Robinson (b) Amos Lawrence (b)
Daniel (bbar)
Bit Parts: Slave (bbar)
Annie Brown (mz)
Owen Brown (bar)
Ralph Waldo Emerson (bbar)
Gallagher (bbar)
Sheriff Jones (t)
James Doyle (t)
Tom Barber (bar)
Henry Thoreau (bar)
Dangerfield Newby (t)
Harriett Newby (s)
Messenger (t)
Mrs. Thoreau (s)
First Settler (t)
Second Settler (bbar)
Officer (t)
Hostage (bbar)
Mrs. Emerson (mute) Sherman Brothers (mute) Jason (mute)
Reviews: Paul Horsley, Kansas City Star, 04/05/2008; Wes Blomster, Opera Today, 12/05/08
Length: 02:07
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB, TBB (AMGA minimum 40)
Orchestration: 3 fl, 2 ob, 3 cl, 2 bsn - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, 1 tba - timp, 2 perc - hp - str
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
Phone: 212-254-2100
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2002 Partnership Consortium
Project Name: JOHN BROWN
Awardee: Lyric Opera of Kansas City
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Award Category: 2006 Repertoire Development
Project Name: John Brown
Awardee: Lyric Opera of Kansas City
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Audio Visual Materials
Images:

From left to right: James Maddalena, Patrick Miller, Jennifer Aylmer, Donnie Ray Albert
Courtesy of: Lyric Opera Kansas City; Photo credit: Douglas Hamer

From left to right: James Maddalena, Donnie Ray Albert
Courtesy of: Lyric Opera Kansas City; Photo credit: Douglas Hamer

From left to right: Vanessa Thomas
Courtesy of: Lyric Opera Kansas City; Photo credit: Douglas Hamer

From left to right: James Maddalena, Patrick Miller
Courtesy of: Lyric Opera Kansas City; Photo credit: Douglas Hamer

From left to right: Patrick Miller, Jennifer Alymer
Courtesy of: Lyric Opera Kansas City; Photo credit: Douglas Hamer
Schedule of Performances Listings
John Brown (Mechem)
Saturday, May 3, 2008 - Lyric Opera of Kansas City
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