Brief Encounter
Composer: André Previn
Librettist: John Caird
Other Artistic Personnel: Patrick Summers (Conductor)
Original Cast: Elizabeth Futral (Laura Jesson)
Nathan Gunn (Alec Harvey)
Kim Josephson (Fred Jesson)
Rebekah Camm (Dolly Messiter)
Meredith Arwady (Myrtle Bagot)
Robert Orth (Albert Godby)
James J. Kee (Dr. Graves)
Jamie Barton (Mary Norton)
Faith Sherman (Mrs. Rolandson)
Adam Cioffari (Stanley)
Work Web Site: http://www.houstongrandopera.org/briefencounter
Premiere Date: May 01, 2009
Producing Company: Houston Grand Opera
Description: During the early years of World War II in England, Laura Jesson takes the train to a nearby town once a week for shopping and a movie. A chance encounter with Alec Harvey—who, like Laura, is married with two children—leads quickly to passion.

They continue to meet surreptitiously until they must finally decide between love and honor.
Character List (Major): Laura Jesson(mz)
Alec Harvey(bar)
Myrtle Bagot(cont)
Albert Godby(b)
Character List (Minor): Fred Jesson(bar)
Dolly Messiter(s)
Stanley(bar)
Beryl(s)
Doctor Graves(bar)
Mary Norton(s)
Mrs. Rolandson(s)
Bit Parts: Maitre D'Hotel, Waiter at the Royal Hotel, Waiter in the Kardomah Café, Porters at the Station
Reviews: Review: André Previn's 'Brief Encounter' premieres in Houston - Los Angeles Times 5/3/2009
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: No chorus
Orchestration: 3 fl(picc), 2 ob(Eng Hrn), 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn - 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, 1 tba - timp, 2 perc - cel, hp - str; onstage piano trio(vln, vc, pf) in Act I, Scene 6
Contact: G. Schirmer, Inc.
Address: 257 Park Avenue South, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10010
E-mail Address: pm@schirmer.com
Phone: 212-254-2100
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com
Audio Visual Materials
Video:
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The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2008 Repertoire Development
Project Name: Brief Encounter
Awardee: Houston Grand Opera
Director: John Caird
Conductor: Patrick Summers
Designer: Bunny Christie, Paul Pyant
Schedule of Performances Listings
Brief Encounter (Previn)
Friday, May 1, 2009 - Houston Grand Opera
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