Elmer Gantry
Composer: Robert Aldridge
Composer Bio: GRAMMY®-winning composer Robert Livingston Aldridge (1954, Richmond,VA) has written over sixty works for orchestra, opera, music-theater, voice, dance, string quartet, solo and chamber ensembles. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe and Japan and Australia. He 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.
Librettist: Herschel Garfein
Librettist Bio: Herschel Garfein is a Grammy Award-winning American composer, librettist, stage director, and faculty member of the Steinhardt School of Music at New York University, where he teaches Script Analysis. Garfein is widely known for his libretto written for Robert Aldridge's Elmer Gantry, which won two 2012 Grammy Awards including "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" won by Garfein and Aldridge.[1] He also collaborated with Aldridge on the oratorio Parables. In his compositions for the musical Suenos he found an inspiration in Hispanic rhythms.[2] Garfein also composed the music and libretto for an opera based on the Tom Stoppard play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.[3]
Other Artistic Personnel: John Hoomes (Director)
William Boggs (Conductor)
Takeshi Kata (Designer)
Original Cast: Keith Phares (Elmer Gantry)
Jennifer Rivera (Sharon)
Frank Kelley (Gantry's rival)
Kristopher Irmiter (T.J. Rigg)
Vale Rideout (Frank)
Malinda Haslett (Baines)
Brian Banion (Baines' Reverend father)
Work Web Site: http://www.elmergantryopera.com
Premiere Date: November 16, 2007
Producing Company: Nashville Opera
Description: Elmer Gantry is a full length, two-act opera based on the 1927 Sinclair Lewis novel of the same name, which was sighted by the Nobel prize committee when Lewis was the first American to receive the Novel prize for literature in 1930.
Character List (Major): Sharon Falconer (mz)
Eddie Fislinger (t)
Elmer Gantry (bar)
Lulu Baines (s)
Frank Shallard (t)
Rev. Arthur Baines (bb)
Character List (Minor): Mrs. Baines (mz)
T. J. Rigg (b)
Revival Singer (bar)
Bit Parts: Bully (t)
Revival Worker (bar)
Child (treble)
Dr. Binch (t)
3 Men in a Crowd (t, bar, b) Ice Cream Vendor (t)
Woman 1 (s)
Woman 2 (mz)
Man 1 (bar)
Keely Family Singers (s, mz, t, b)
Women’s Chorus Leader (spoken)
Tour Guide (mz)
Reporter (spoken)
Worker 1 (b)
Worker 2 (t)
Reviews: Mark Thomas Ketterson, Opera News, 11-18-07; Martin Brady, Nashville Scene, 11-22-07
Comments: Many of the characters of the novel (especially the title character) and the ideas and emotions put forth therein are quite bigger than life. I feel these ideas and characters would lend themselves to the heightened emotional treatment that only opera can.
Video Clip:
Length: 02:45
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: SATB, including many bit parts
Orchestration: 2 (II=Picc).2(II=Ca).2(II=B-cl).2—2.2(in C).1.B-tbn . 1 —Timp—2Perc—Pf (on stage)—Hp—Str
Musical Style: traditional classical style with gospel
Contact: Edition Peters
Composer Web Site: http://www.robertlivingstonaldridge.com/
Publisher Web Site: http://www.edition-peters.com
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2005 Audience Development Project
Project Name: ELMER GANTRY - New American Works Initiative
Awardee: Nashville Opera Association
Director: John Hoomes
Award Category: 2007 Audience Development Project
Project Name: New Audience/New Works Initiative, Phase 2 (Elmer
Awardee: Nashville Opera Association
Award Category: 2013 Robert L.B. Tobin Directo
Project Name: Elmer Gantry
Awardee: Stephanie Havey
Director: Stephanie Havey
Designer: Set Designer: Patrick Rizzotti, Costume Designer:
Schedule of Performances Listings
Elmer Gantry (Aldridge)
Friday, March 13, 2015 - Florentine Opera Company
Elmer Gantry (Aldridge)
Friday, February 28, 2014 - Tulsa Opera
Elmer Gantry (Aldridge)
Friday, March 19, 2010 - Florentine Opera Company
Elmer Gantry (Aldridge)
Friday, November 16, 2007 - Nashville Opera
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