A Letter to East 11th Street
Composer: Martin Hennessy
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Librettist Bio: Mark Campbell is one of the most in-demand and prolific librettists in the world. Of the 15 plus operas he has written, his most-known work is Silent Night, which received the 2012 Pulitzer for Music. Since its premiere at Minnesota Opera, the work has been broadcast on PBS' Great Performances and produced by many opera companies across the country. Mark's other successful operas are Later the Same Evening, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, As One, The Manchurian Candidate and, most recently, The Shining.

Campbell has received many prestigious prizes, including a Grammy nomination, the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, two Richard Rodgers Awards, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a NYFA Playwriting Fellowship and the first Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize.

Campbell also mentors future generations of writers through such organizations as American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theatrer, the University of Colorado's New Opera Workshop and Opera Philadelphia's Composer in Residence program.

He is premiering five new operas in 2017: Dinner at Eight for Minnesota Opera, Some Light Emerges for Houston Grand Opera, The Nefarious, Immoral Enterprise of Messrs. Burke & Hare for Boston Lyric Opera, Elizabeth Cree for Opera Philadelphia and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs for The Santa Fe Opera.
Other Artistic Personnel: Robert Guarino, Conductor;June 10-11, 2004: Stacey Boggs- Lighting Designer, Johnatan Kelly- Piano; May 6, 2006: George Manahan-Conductor, New York City Opera Orchestra
Original Cast: April 13, 2004 (Rose Studio): Michael Smallwood (tenor); June 2004 (AOP): Michael Slattery as Rick (tenor), Wendy Hill as Susan (non singing role); May 6, 2006 (NYU Skirball Centre): Christopher Jackson (tenor), Karen Frankenstein (soprano), Arianna Zukerman (soprano)
Premiere Date: June 16, 2004
Producing Company: American Opera Projects, Inc.
Description: Part I of A Letter to East 11th Street takes place in 1989. Rick Driscoll, a young man with AIDS who has returned to the suburban house he grew up in, videotapes a letter to his best friend and former roommate, Susan. While Rick tapes the letter, Susan watches it on her TV in the apartment they used to share on East 11th Street. In the video, he offers a tour of his childhood bedroom, muses about a new age treatment sent him by his friend Moira, reminisces about his former lover, Tom, and finally tries to explain why he suddenly left New York and needed to return home. Part II occurs 10 years after Rick has died. Susan, about to leave the apartment she shared with Rick, sings of her life without him and the events of the intervening years. A scratchy recording of an aria sung by a famous soprano, “Al castel natio ritorno…” connects both parts.
Length: 01:10
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: fl, cl - hrn, Bbtpt - timp, perc, hp, pf - str
Musical Style: contemporary classical
Contact: Maisie Light Publishing
Address: 728 Amsterdam Avenue #2S
New York, NY 10025
E-mail Address: martinhennessy@nyc.rr.com
Phone: 212-666-9369
Composer Web Site: http://www.martinhennessy.net
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