Arjuna's Dilemma
Composer: Douglas Cuomo
Composer Bio: Douglas J. Cuomo has composed highly acclaimed and original music for concert and theatrical stages, television, and film. Cuomo’s expressive musical language, with its arresting juxtapositions of sound and style, is a natural outgrowth of his eclectic background and training. He became a professional guitarist while still in his teens, alternating years of college – studying jazz, world music, and ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in Connecticut – with years on the road. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami.

After two years of touring, Cuomo returned to New York City, where he began to compose scores for downtown theater productions, student films, and television documentaries. In doing so, he developed a notable talent for integrating music, image, and narrative. His numerous film and television credits include the themes for Sex & The City and NOW with Bill Moyers.

In addition to Arjuna’s Dilemma, Cuomo’s concert works include a Kyrie for And on Earth, Peace (2007) commissioned by the vocal ensemble Chanticleer, premiered by the group at the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and recorded on Warner Music; and Fortune for The Young People's Chorus of New York City under the direction of Francisco Nunez, premiered at the Miller Theatre in April 2008. Forthcoming works include Only Breath for cello and electronics, commissioned by Maya Beiser for an evening-length program titled “Provenance,” to be performed at Arts & Ideas in New Haven, the Ravinia Festival, and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall; and A Winter’s Journey, a setting of Wilhelm Müller’s text for Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle, scored for mezzo-soprano, trumpet, cello, and electronics. His compositions are published by Schott Music.
Librettist: Text from the Bhagava Gita
Other Artistic Personnel: Robin Guarino (Director)
Original Cast: Amit Chaterjee (Indian Singer)
Tony Boutte (Tenor)
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Premiere Date: August 22, 2008
Producing Company: Music-Theatre Group
Description: At the battlefield on the eve of the first conflict of a massive civil war, Prince Arjuna finds himself in a state of almost paralyzing confusion. He must lead his army against an enemy that includes family, friends, and teachers. Unable to justify such violence against his own people, he turns for guidance to his advisor and charioteer Krishna, who has not yet revealed himself to be an incarnation of the most powerful god in the Hindu pantheon.

In the ensuing dialogue, Krishna gradually reveals to Arjuna the true nature of the universe, in all its splendor and its horror.
Length: 01:10
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: 4 or 8 voice Female Chorus
Orchestration: 1 fl(picc), 1 cl(bcl), 1tsx - 2 perc, tablas - pf - 2 vln, 1 vla, 1 vc, 1 db
Contact: Schott Music Corporation
Address: 254 W 31st St
New York, NY
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Phone: 212-461-6940
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The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2008 Repertoire Development
Project Name: Arjuna's Dilemma
Awardee: Music-Theatre Group
Director: Robin Guarino
Designer: Hillary Leone
Award Category: 2011 Robert L.B. Tobin Directo
Project Name: Arjuna's Dilemma
Awardee: Gian Marco Lo Forte
Director: Gian Marco Lo Forte
Designer: Designer: Gian Marco Lo Forte, Costume Designer: A
Audio Visual Materials
Music-Theatre Group

Schedule of Performances Listings
Arjuna's Dilemma (Cuomo)
Thursday, August 14, 2003 - Music-Theatre Group
Arjuna's Dilemma (Cuomo)
Sunday, September 15, 2002 - Music-Theatre Group
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