Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Composer: Charles Wuorinen
Librettist: James Fenton
Other Artistic Personnel: Mark Lamos (Director)
George Manahan (Conductor)
Riccardo Hernandez (Set Designer)
Candice Donnelly (Costume Designer)
Robert Wierzel (Lighting Designer)
Sean Curran (Choreographer)
Original Cast: Heather Buck (Haroun)
Peter Strummer (Rashid)
Heather Johnson (Saroya)
Kathryn Friest (Princess Batcheat)
James Schaffner
Joel Sorensen
Javier Abreu
Lawrence Long
Ethan Herschenfeld
Ryan McPherson
Wilbur Pauley
Premiere Date: October 31, 2004
Producing Company: New York City Opera
Description: The story of Haroun is a tale of a fight between the free imagination and the powers that oppose it. Haroun, a storyteller's son, learns that the Ocean of the Sea of Stories, the source of all stories, is being polluted by the enemy of all stories, the sinister Khattam-Shud. In a series of brilliantly imagined adventures, Haroun succeeds in defeating the powers of darkness and restoring happiness to his family and to the city where he lives. The libretto stays close to the buoyant spirit of the original children's book, conjuring up a fantasy world in which, nonetheless, one never loses sight of harsh political reality and the issues of freedom of speech and imagination.
Character List (Major): 2 major roles (Baritone and Soprano)
Character List (Minor): 4 supporting roles
Reviews: Good-Time Charlie - New York 5/21/2005
Haroun and the Sea of Stories at NYC Opera - Opera Today 11/10/2004
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Orchestration: Standard pit orchestra
Musical Style: Cross-cultural blend of western and Indian musical idioms
Contact: New York City Opera
Address: 20 Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023
Phone: 212-870-5619
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2004 Repertoire Development
Project Name: Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Awardee: New York City Opera
Director: Mark Lamos
Conductor: George Manahan
Designer:
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Schedule of Performances Listings
Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Wuorinen)
Sunday, October 31, 2004 - New York City Opera
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