The Dreamers
Composer: David Conte
Librettist: Philip Littell
Other Artistic Personnel: John Miner, Conductor; Sandra Bernhard, Stage Director; Peter Compton, Set Designer
Original Cast: Shouvic Mondle as General Vallejo, Karen Connor, Sylvie Braitman, Antoine Garth and Kevin Brackett
Premiere Date: July 27, 1996
Producing Company: Sonoma City Opera
Description: American tragi-comedy on the life and times of Mariano Vallejo. In THE DREAMERS, California is seen as the place where people come to fulfill their dreams, and the dreams are as varied as those who dream them. The Bear Flag revolt of 1846, when a crowd of rag-taggle Yankees arrested and incarcerated Mexican military commander Mariano Vallejo and declared California an American territory, lingers as a nightmare in Vallejo's mind. His daughter's fancy turns toward one of the handsome American soldiers; his wife longs to return home to Mexico. California seems big enough to hold the dreams of a lonely Indian woman, the last of her tribe, and a black man who is trying to earn enough money to buy his wife out of slavery. The opera captures a formative moment in American history, in which characters are separated by their sexual, cultural, and racial differences and brought together by their dreams and their longing for a new home.
Character List (Major): 3 Sopranos, 2 Mezzo-sopranos, 4 Tenors, 3 Baritones, Bass-Baritone, Boy Soprano, Girl Soprano
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Men's Ensemble, Women's Ensemble
Orchestration: fl, 2 cl, bsn - hrn, tpt, tbn - perc, kbd - 3 str, syn
Musical Style: Lyrical, characteristically American rhythms; critics have remarked on the influences of Copland, Bernstein, Puccini, and Stephen Foster
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