Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus
Composer: Libby Larsen
Librettist: Libby Larsen
Other Artistic Personnel: Nicholas Muni (Director)
Dale Johnson (Conductor)
Terry Simpson (Video Designer)
Duane Schuler (Lighting Designer)
Jack Barkla (Set Designer)
Original Cast: Steven Tharp (Dr. Frankenstein (Victor))
Tom Schumacher (The Man)
Christian Swenson (The Monster)
Mary Laymon (Justine)
Andrew Ashcroft (William Frankenstein)
Bradley Greenwald (Henry Clerval)
Elisabeth Comeaux (Frankenstein's fiancée Elizabeth)
Gordon Holleman (Walton)
Premiere Date: May 25, 1990
Producing Company: The Minnesota Opera
Description: A brilliant doctor, Victor Frankenstein, uses his medical knowledge to create a human life, which he immediately repels as a monstrous and evil creation. The monster is cast out and forced to endure a lonely and alienated existence. The doctor first agrees to create a mate for the monster, but then refuses, enraging the monster. The monster responds by murdering all of the people that Dr. Frankenstein holds dear: his bride, Elizabeth; his brother, William; and his best friend, Clerval. He also causes the death of Elizabeth's friend, Justine. In the end, Victor, half-mad, must lead his lonely existence in endless pursuit of the monster.
Character List (Major): Victor Frankenstein (t)
Ship Victor (t)
Elizabeth (s)
Captain Robert Walton (bar)
Character List (Minor): William (boy s)
Justine (mz)
Henry Clerval (bar)
Bit Parts: The Monster, Sailors
Reviews: Bay Area Reporter, George Heymont, 7-12-90; Opera News, 5-90; The Washington Post, Joseph McClellan, 5-28-90
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: Offstage Chorus (8 women, live or unsynthesized)
Orchestration: fl (picc), ob (Eng. hrn), cl (bcl), bsn (cbn) - hrn, tpt - 2 perc, timp, kbd (pf, DX7 syn), str quintet; elec music
Musical Style: Tonal, dramatic orchestration; lyrical; quick edits in the monster's music
Contact: ECS Publishing
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