Burning Bright
Composer: Frank Lewin
Librettist: Frank Lewin
Other Artistic Personnel: Raymond Harvey (Conductor)
Nick Mangano (Director)
Robert Klingelhoefer & Robert Hunsicker (Set Designers)
Original Cast: Mordeen (Sherry Overholt)
Rinde Eckert (Victor)
Charles Damsel (Joe Saul)
Julian Rodescu (Friend Ed)

Premiere Date: November 05, 1993
Producing Company: Yale School of Music
Description: Setting: Act I: a country circus in the Midwest -- Act II: a farm in Pennsylvania -- Act III, a ship moored in New York Harbor.

A middle-aged man and his younger wife, deeply in love with each other, have no children. The husband, Joe Saul, is obsessed with the idea that he must hand on his tradition to an heir. His wife Mordeen knows that he cannot father a child. In order to give Joe Saul what he craves so desperately, Mordeen encourages the advances of a young man, Victor, and conceives by him, hoping that her husband will accept the child as his own. The fourth member of the cast, Friend Ed, acts as confidant and observer.
Character List (Major): Dramatic Soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
Reviews: Opera News, Gilbert H. Mott, 2-5-94; Opera News, Arlo J. McKinnon, 10-93; The News-Times, Frank Merkling, 7-2-92
Comments: based on the novel and play by John Steinbeck
Length: 03:00
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: Small Chorus
Orchestration: 2 fl (afl, picc), 2 ob, Eng hrn, 2 cl (bcl/ Eb cbcl), 3 bsn, 4 hrn, 3 tpt, 3 tbn, tba - timp, 2 perc, hp, gtr (elec, acstc), str. Offstage circus band (recorded), onstage fiddler, 4 onstage handbells, harbor sound effects (recorded)
Musical Style: Tonal; incorporates material from various ethnic traditions (Irish tunes, Scottish rituals, Appalachian ballads, Hawaiian and English sea lore) and elements of American popular music; grand opera
Contact: Notevole Music Publishing c/o Subito Music
Address: 60 Depot Street
Verona NJ 07044
E-mail Address: mail@subitomusic.com
Phone: 973-857-3440
Composer Web Site: http://www.franklewin.net/
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