The Golden Gate
Composer: Conrad Cummings
Librettist: Vikram Seth, adapted by the comp
Other Artistic Personnel: Steven Osgood (Music Director)
John Henry Davis (Stage Director)
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Premiere Date: Not available.
Producing Company: American Opera Projects, Inc.
Description: With a libretto adapted from Vikram Seth's best-selling novel in verse The Golden Gate, five twenty-somethings experience love, life, and loss in the magical and innocent San Francisco of the early 1980’s. John, handsome and successful, will discover too late the price of his emotional detachment. He has just met Liz through a personals ad placed by his former college girlfriend Jan, a sculptor and punk rock drummer. Meanwhile, John’s best friend from college Phil, reeling from a divorce which has left him the sole single parent of a six-year-old, begins a passionate relationship with the Ed, Liz’s younger brother. Ed is bright, gorgeous, in search of a lover and mentor, and a profoundly conflicted devout Catholic. Couples come apart; new couples form, families are created, friendships are severed. A tragic death leads John, always the outsider, to the promise of a deeper connection and a warmer life.
Character List (Major): John Grey(bar)
Janet Hayakawa(mz)
Liz Dorati(s)
Ed Dorati(t)
Philip Weiss(b)
Character List (Minor): Paul Weiss(speaking)
Reviews: 'The Golden Gate' as Opera - Musical America 1/18/2010
Staying True to Novel’s Vigor - The New York Times 1/17/2010
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: 1 flute, 1 oboe, 1 clarinet, 1 bassoon - 1 trumpet, 1 trombone - 2 keyboardists on piano, harpsichord, and celeste - 3 percussionists on marimba, vibraphone, percussion and drumset - 1 guitarist on acoustic and electric guitars - 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 bass
Musical Style: tonal, tuneful, metrically complex, rhythmically charged
Contact: Conrad Cummings
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Phone: 212-741-1559
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