Glory Denied
Composer: Tom Cipullo
Composer Bio: Hailed by the American Academy of Art & Letters for music that displays "inexhaustible imagination, wit, expressive range and originality," composer Tom Cipullo's works are performed regularly throughout the United States and with increasing frequency internationally. The winner of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2013 Sylvia Goldstein Award from Copland House, and the 2013 Arts & Letters Award from the American Academy, Mr. Cipullo has received commissions from the Mirror Visions Ensemble, SongFest at Pepperdine, the Joy in Singing, Sequitur, Cantori New York, tenor Paul Sperry, mezzo-soprano Mary Ann Hart, the Five Boroughs Music Festival, pianist Jeanne Golan, soprano Martha Guth, the Walt Whitman Project, baritone Jesse Blumberg, the Cecilia Chorus, Music of Remembrance, and many others. He has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Copland House, the Liguria Study Center (Bogliasco, Italy), the Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), the Oberpfaelzer Kuenstlerhaus (Bavaria), ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and the Jory Copying Program. The New York Times has called his music "haunting," and The Boston Globe remarked that his work "literally sparkled with wit." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has called him "an expert in writing for the voice." Recent honors include the Minneapolis Pops New Orchestral Repertoire Award (2009) for Sparkler, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Award (2008) for the song-cycle Of a Certain Age (commissioned by the soprano Hope Hudson), the Aaron Copland Award from Copland House (2007), and the Phyllis Wattis Prize for song composition from the San Francisco Song Festival for Drifts & Shadows (2006).
Librettist: Tom Cipullo
Other Artistic Personnel: Richard Barrett (Director)
Original Cast: Melanie Curcio (Young Alyce)
Gretchen Mundinger (Older Alyce)
Jan Heinrich Kuschel (Young Jim Thompson as a P.O.W.)
Scott Roche (Older Jim Thompson)
Premiere Date: May 05, 2007
Producing Company: Brooklyn College Opera Theater

America’s longest held prisoner of war returns to a country he no longer recognizes and a family who barely recognizes him.  Glory Denied speaks to the plight of so many of our veterans who nobly fight for their country but face huge challenges when it comes to re-assimilating into society—and their longed-for normal lives—after service.  This true story of Vietnam veteran Colonel Jim Thompson explores the unimaginable bravery asked of soldiers and even the nature of hope itself.

Reviews: A Former P.O.W., Now Sentenced to Loneliness - The New York Times 5/7/2007
A Soldier's Torment in Vietnam and at Home - The New York Times 11/12/2010
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Length: 01:00-01:18
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: Version A:2 sopranos, tenor, baritone and orchestra.
An evening-length opera in two acts Duration: 78 minutes

Version B: 2 sopranos, tenor, baritone and chamber orchestra (16 instrumentalists)
Duration: 60 minutes
Contact: Tom Cipullo
Address: 47-20 11th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
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Schedule of Performances Listings
Glory Denied (Cipullo)
Sunday, April 21, 2013 - Fort Worth Opera
Glory Denied (Cipullo)
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - Chelsea Opera
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