This Is the Rill Speaking
Composer: Lee Hoiby
Composer Bio: Lee Hoiby is beloved by performers as diverse as Leontyne Price and Jean Stapleton for his numerous settings of texts from Emily Dickinson to Julia Child. Mr. Hoiby was introduced to opera by his teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music, Gian Carlo Menotti, who involved him closely in the famed Broadway productions of The Consul and The Saint of Bleecker Street in the early 1950s. His works have been recognized by awards and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Ford Foundation, the Fulbright Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1989 his work was the subject of a retrospective concert at the Kennedy Center on the American Composer Series, and a two-week festival of his work was presented by the music department of the University of California at Long Beach. His principal works include the operas The Scarf (1958), A Month in the Country (1964), Summer and Smoke (1971) and The Tempest (1986).
Librettist: Mark Shulgasser
Librettist Bio: Since 1979 Mark Shulgasser has been Lee Hoiby’s literary collaborator on numerous projects, including the libretti of all of Hoiby’s operas and vocal chamber works. He has produced and directed Hoiby’s works at venues throughout the United States. For several years he operated a photography gallery in West Palm Beach, Florida and he now runs a used book business called Who Killed Kenny? in Callicoon, NY. Under a nom de plume, unknown even to his closest associates, he writes extensively on the subject of astrology.
Other Artistic Personnel: Benton Hess (Conductor)
Ned Canty (Director)
Glenn Reed (Scene Designer)
Peter West (Lighting Designer)
Original Cast: William Ferguson
Abigail Fischer
Andrew Garland
Malinda Haslett
Nicole Joy Mitchell
Justin Petersen
Premiere Date: April 26, 2008
Description: The opera's plot is similar to Wilson's play about young love & rural life in the Ozarks.
Reviews: Seldom-Heard Operas Evoke Calm and Storms - The New York Times 4/30/2008
This Is the Rill Speaking, The Tempest, Purchase College Opera/American Opera Projects, 4/26/08 - Publication Title 7/2008
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: string quartet, double bass, wind quintet and harp
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Schedule of Performances Listings
This is the rill speaking (Hoiby)
Friday, June 10, 2011 - Chelsea Opera
This is the rill speaking (Hoiby)
Saturday, April 26, 2008 - American Opera Projects
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