The Big Bonanza
Composer: Monica T. Houghton
Librettist: Jon Christensen
Other Artistic Personnel: Albert Rudolph Lee, Director Nevada Chamber Opera; Jason Altieri, Music Director, University Symphony Orchestra. 
Original Cast:

William Wright, alias Dan DeQuille - Christopher Langton; Caroline Wright - Anna Hart; John Mackay - Emmy Burroughs; Pickboy - Grayson LaBrie; Samuel Clemens, alias Mark Twain - Thomas Thompson; Julia Bulette - Julie Lenz; Jean Millean - Michael D. Jackson; Baker /Zhang - Nicholas Hummel; Butcher / Fireman1 / Sycophant 2 - Josh Tuaolo; Dry Goods Clerk /Miner 3 /Fireman 2 - Jose Segura; Stock Broker/ Sycophant 1/ Miner 1 /Father Manogue - Adam Faulkner; Miner 2 - Oscar Cordova; Drunken Prospector /Woman 2 /Curbstone Philosopher - Cami Cutler. The Spiritualist - Jenna Simms; Barmaid /Woman 1 - Ashton Whitley

Albert Rudolph Lee, Director Nevada Chamber Opera; Jason Altieri, Music Director, University Symphony Orchestra. 

Work Web Site: http://www.monicahoughton.com/thebigbonanza
Premiere Date: April 08, 2016
Producing Company: Nevada Chamber Opera
Description:

Set in Virginia City, Nevada, at the time of the discovery of the legendary Comstock Lode, this ensemble piece brings to life an important chapter in the history of the American West with a libretto and score drawing upon actual writings and tunes of the times. The central character is a newspaper man and through his interactions with other characters on stage we are led to weigh in our own minds important facets of American life and character that remain relevant today. 

Character List (Major):

CHARACTER LIST (MAJOR):

William Wright, alias Dan De Quille (bar.)

Caroline, his wife (s)

John Mackey (b)

Samuel Clemens, alias Mark Twain (t)

The Pickboy (t)

Julia Bulette (s)

Jean Millean (t)

Zhang (bari-tenor) 

Length: 01:35
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Chorus (9 singers)
Orchestration: orchestra of 32, including erhu and concertina
Musical Style: tuneful, yet contemporary
Contact: Monica T. Houghton
Address:

1025 Manor Drive, Reno, NV 89509

E-mail Address: monica@monicahoughton.com http://www.monicahoughton.com
Phone: 775-391-2531
Composer Web Site: http://www.monicahoughton.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.monicahoughton.com
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