The Snow Dragon
Composer: Somtow Sucharitkul
Librettist: Somtow Sucharitkul
Premiere Date: March 13, 2015
Producing Company: Skylight Music Theatre, Milwaukee
Description: The opera centers around the relationship between Dora Marx, a jaded, middle-aged children’s counselor who has lost her sense of direction, and Billy Binder, a physically abused young boy whose rage is so powerful it has opened a doorway into another world.    But the Fallen Country is not a colorful kingdom of adventure where boys ride dragons and rescue princesses.  It is a place of perpetual cold, whose citizens have lost the ability to feel, ruled by the Ringmaster, a sadistic demigod.

Defeating the Ringmaster in the fantasy kingdom is the key to overcoming Billy’s problems in the real world, but that is easier said than done.  Dora must put aside the comfort zone of her complacency and truly believe Billy’s stories, so that she can follow him into the Ringmaster’s kingdom … and find redemption for herself as well as the boy.
Character List (Major): Dora – mezzo-soprano, Billy – boy soprano, Stark – bass, The Snow Dragon – dramatic soprano, Joan – soprano
Comments: 2015 Recipient of Opera America's Audience Development Grant.
Length: 90 mins
Total Acts: 2
Musical Style: neo-romantic/postmodern
Contact: Somtow Sucharitkul
E-mail Address: somtow@mindspring.com
Phone: 66815667801
Composer Web Site: www.somtowmusic.com
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