Little Women
Composer: Mark Adamo
Composer Bio: Born in 1962, Adamo is acclaimed by critic Alex Ross as “one of the best opera composers of the moment.” He has lately ventured into symphonic composition, choral work, and stage direction with striking assurance. Adamo first attracted national attention with the libretto and score to his uniquely successful début opera, Little Women, after the novel by Louisa May Alcott. Introduced by Houston Grand Opera in 1998 and revived there in 2000, Little Women has since enjoyed over fifty-five national and international engagements.

Composer-in-residence at New York City Opera from 2001 through 2006, where he led the VOX: Showcasing American Composers program, Mark Adamo also served as Master Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts in May 2003, when he coached teams of composers and librettists in developing their work for the stage.

Adamo began his education in the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where, as a freshman in the Dramatic Writing Program, he received the Paulette Goddard Remarque Scholarship for outstanding undergraduate achievement in playwriting. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music Degree cum laude in composition in 1990 from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was awarded the Theodore Presser prize for outstanding undergraduate achievement in composition.

Source: www.schirmer.com
Librettist: Mark Adamo
Other Artistic Personnel: Christopher Larkin (conductor)
Peter Webster (director)
Constantinos Kritikos (set and costume designer)
Benjamin Pearcy (lighting designer)
Dotti Staker (wig and makeup designer)
Original Cast: Stephanie Novacek (Jo)
Chad Shelton (Laurie)
Joyce DiDonato (Meg)
Laura A. Coker (Beth)
Jennifer Aylmer (Amy)
Daniel Belcher (John Brooke)
Katherine Ciesinski (Cecilia March)
Tiffany Jackson (Alma March)
Edward Scott Hendricks (Friedrich Bhaer)
Christopher Scott Feigum (Gideon March & Dashwood)
Premiere Date: March 13, 1998
Producing Company: Houston Grand Opera/Houston Opera Studio
Description: The opera is adapted from Alcott's classic novel of a young woman's understandable but doomed struggle to prevent life from taking her beloved sisters away from her. The story focuses on Jo, the second of four teenaged daughters in a free-thinking New England family during the Civil War era. Energetic and headstrong, Jo cherishes her perfect family life and doesn't want it to ever change. However, as life progresses with its joys, tragedies, conflicts, and resolutions, Jo comes to realize that the only way to the future is to accept the past as the past, no matter how happy yesterday was, because it can never come again. As she accepts this sad wisdom, a romantic interest enters her life.
Character List (Major): Jo (mz)
Laurie (t)
Meg (mz)
Beth (s)
Amy (coloratura s)
John Brooke (bar)
Aunt Cecilia (con/mz)
Friedrich Bhaer (bb)
Character List (Minor): Alma March (mz)
Gideon March / Mr. Dashwood (bb)
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Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Quartet of female voices
Orchestration: 1 fl(picc, afl), 1 ob(Eng Hrn), 1 cl (bcl), 1 bsn (cbn) - 1 hrn[opt], 1 tpt[opt] - hp, pf(cel, syn) - strings
Musical Style: Lyric
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
Composer Web Site: www.markadamo.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.schirmer.com
Schedule of Performances Listings
Little Women (Adamo)
Friday, March 28, 2014 - Opera on the James
Little Women (Adamo)
Saturday, March 12, 2011 - Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Friday, January 21, 2011 - Pensacola Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Saturday, January 30, 2010 - Calgary Opera Association
Little Women (Adamo)
Friday, May 1, 2009 - Syracuse Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Sunday, May 4, 2008 - OperaDelaware
Little Women (Adamo)
Thursday, February 28, 2008 - University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Little Women (Adamo)
Friday, January 27, 2006 - Kentucky Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Friday, September 16, 2005 - Skylight Music Theatre
Little Women (Adamo)
Saturday, April 2, 2005 - Dayton Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Friday, January 7, 2005 - Fort Worth Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Friday, October 29, 2004 - Louisiana State University Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Sunday, March 23, 2003 - New York City Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Friday, August 2, 2002 - Chautauqua Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Saturday, July 6, 2002 - Glimmerglass Festival
Little Women (Adamo)
Saturday, April 13, 2002 - Minnesota Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Wednesday, March 6, 2002 - Opera Omaha
Little Women (Adamo)
Saturday, July 28, 2001 - Ash Lawn Opera Festival
Little Women (Adamo)
Saturday, June 30, 2001 - Central City Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Friday, March 3, 2000 - Houston Grand Opera
Little Women (Adamo)
Friday, March 13, 1998 - Houston Grand Opera
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