The Wolf by the Ears
Composer: Dana Wilson
Librettist: J. Robert Lennon
Dana Wilson
Other Artistic Personnel: Brian DeMaris (Conductor)
David Lefkowich (Director)
Original Cast: Zach James (Thomas Jefferson)
Carami Hilaire (Sally Hemings)
Meghan Kelly (Martha Jefferson)
Steve Wilkins (James Hemings)
Nick Reynolds (John Adams)
Robyn Lustbader (Polly Jefferson)
Ryan Zettlemoyer (Franklin)
Tom Riley (Lafayette)
Carli Mazich-Addice (Maria Cosway)
Jason Peterson (James Callender)
Adiza Jibril (Slave Woman)
Premiere Date: May 02, 2012
Producing Company: Ithaca College
Description: This opera explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, his slave "mistress," within the many contradictory and hypocritical social structures of their time. Jefferson's considerable power yet inability to live his own ideals are what make him both tragic and enduringly human. Sally's ability to negotiate a meaningful life within the context of slavery exhibits her remarkable fortitude and resilience. 
 
Character List (Major): Thomas Jefferson (baritone)
Martha Jefferson (mezzo soprano)
James Hemings (baritone)
John Adams (tenor)
Polly Jefferson (soprano or mezzo soprano)
Sally Hemings (soprano)
Franklin (bass/baritone)
Lafayette (tenor)
Maria Cosway (soprano or mezzo soprano)
James Callender (bass/baritone)
Slave woman (mezzo soprano)
2 small girls (Polly and Sally at around 6 yrs. old)--optional (if not used, their few lines in the opening scene should be deleted) 
 
Length: 2:00'
Total Acts: 3
Musical Style: Rhythmic and polytonal with American Folk and African American / gospel / spiritual influences.
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