Sister Carrie
Composer: Robert Aldridge
Composer Bio: GRAMMY®-winning composer Robert Livingston Aldridge (1954, Richmond,VA) has received numerous fellowships and awards for his music from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Massachusetts Artist's Foundation, the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund, Meet the Composer, The American Symphony Orchestra League, the New Jersey Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. His opera, Elmer Gantry, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis, with a libretto by Herschel Garfein, was given its fully-staged world premiere by Nashville Opera in November, 2007. The Naxos CD of Elmer Gantry was released in July, 2011, and received two GRAMMY® Awards in 2012: for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and for Best Engineered Classical Recording. Opera News ranked the Naxos recording of Elmer Gantry #1 in the Best Opera Recordings of the Year, 2011. He has been Composer-in-Residence at the Brevard Music Festival since 2006. He was an American Orchestral League/Music Alive Composer in Residence and has been a Composer-in-Residence at the American Dance Festival, the University of Minnesota and Colorado University. He has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony on five occasions since 1987. In 1989, he was chosen to represent the New York Foundation for the Arts in a solo concert of his music at Lincoln Center. He was a founder of the Composers in Red Sneakers, a composer consortium which achieved international recognition in 1980's. In 1991 he received a National Endowment Recording Grant for a compact-disc of his chamber music for saxophone. His compositions are exclusively published by Edition Peters (CF Peters Corporation) Robert Livingston Aldridge received a Doctorate in Composition from the Yale School of Music, a Master's Degree in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He was Professor of Composition at Montclair State University 200-2012, Director of the Cali School, 2006-2009 and Chair of the Music Department, 2005-2011. Currently he is Professor and Director of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Librettist: Herschel Garfein
Librettist Bio: Garfein received his training at Yale University (cum laude) and The New England Conservatory of Music. He has won awards and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, The National Institute for Opera/Music Theater, and the MacDowell Colony. He lectures in Script Analysis and teaches Composition at The Steinhardt School, New York University where, in the 2012-13 academic year, he was awarded The Excellence in Teaching Award.
Premiere Date: October 07, 2016

This world-premiere production and professional recording of Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein’s (Two-Time Grammy Award-winning creators of Elmer Gantry) new opera, Sister Carrie will take the stage of Uihlein Hall in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts to launch our 83rd season of great opera.  Based on Theodore Dreiser’s classic novel (1900), the opera unveils the tortuous path to fame for a small town girl, as America industrialized and large segments of the rural populace flooded into an urban sea of humanity. Through rich melodies and brilliant libretto, Aldridge and Garfein have crafted an opera that brims and bustles with this monumental American moment.

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