Enemies, A Love Story
Composer: Ben Moore
Composer Bio: The music of American composer Ben Moore has been performed by many of Broadway and classical music’s leading singers including soprano Deborah Voigt, mezzo-sopranos Susan Graham and Frederica von Stade, tenors Jerry Hadley and Robert White, baritone Nathan Gunn and four-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. His work has been called “brilliant” by the New York Times and Opera News has praised the “easy tunefulness” and “romantic sweep” of his songs. Recordings include Voigt’s recital CD entitled All My Heart (EMI) with eight Moore songs, Nathan Gunn’s Just Before Sunrise (SonyBMG) which includes three, and Susan Graham at Carnegie Hall (Warner Classics) with “Sexy Lady” on the final track. Recently the Toledo Symphony premiered Moore’s orchestration of his song “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” with tenor Robert White, Deborah Voigt premiered “Content to Be Behind Me” at Carnegie Hall, and Ben began work on his first opera based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s novel “Enemies, a Love Story.” Mr. Moore has written several musical theatre scores including Henry and Company, Bye Bye Broadway and The Bone Chandelier. In 2006 the Metropolitan Opera’s farewell gala for Joseph Volpe opened with his specialty piece for Deborah Voigt and also featured a song for Susan Graham. It was broadcast nationally on PBS. 2006 also saw the premiere of the song cycle “So Free Am I” for the Marilyn Horne Foundation and the release of the volume Ben Moore: 14 Songs (G. Schirmer). Reviewing the album, Classical Singer Magazine wrote: “This composer is not afraid of the past, but rather embraces many of the most beautiful aspects of his artistic heritage while imbuing his work with its own personal colors and tones…his music is a breath of fresh air.”
Librettist: Nahma Sandrow
Premiere Date: February 20, 2015
Description: Set in NYC in 1948, the opera follows Holocaust survivor Herman Broder. He spent the war in a hayloft, hidden by Polish peasant Yadwiga, whom he later married. Here in New York, though, he’s also in love with a fascinating mistress, herself a survivor. And then his first wife, believed dead, reappears. Lying and daydreaming, in perpetual desperation, Herman juggles these three secret lives, plus a secret job - as long as he can. Will he be caught at last, perhaps by the ordinary human need for happiness?
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: 2
Contact: Ben Moore
E-mail Address: bmoore@mooreart.com
Composer Web Site: http://www.mooreart.com/
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2011 Repertoire Development
Project Name: Enemies, a Love Story
Awardee: Kentucky Opera
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