The Golden Apple
Composer: Jerome Moross
Librettist: John Latouche
Other Artistic Personnel: William and Jean Eckart, Set Designers; Hanya Holm, Set Designer
Original Cast: Helen (mezzo-soprano) - Kaye Ballard, Lovey Mars (alto) - Bibi Osterwald, Penelope (soprano) - Priscilla Gillette, Ulysses (baritone)- Stephen Douglass, Paris (dancing role) - Jonathan Lucas, Hector (basso) - Jack Whiting, Menelaus (tenor) - Dean Michener, Mrs. Juniper (mezzo-soprano) - Geraldine Viti, Miss Minerva Oliver (soprano) - Portia Nelson, Mother Hare (alto) - Nola Day
Premiere Date: March 11, 1954
Producing Company: Phoenix Theatre
Description: The story transplants Homer's Iliad and Odyssey from ancient Greece (8th century BC) to the rural village of Angel's Roost, WA at the turn of the 20th century. In this deconstruction of Homer, Helen is the village floozy and Paris is a traveling salesman who abducts her in his balloon. Ulysses, a pious soldier who has just returned from the Spanish-American War decides, along with his soldier friends, that it is their duty to find Helen and bring her back. The deities of Homer's epics are represented in the work as meddling villagers who gossip their time away.
Reviews: Opera Digest, 9/10-88.
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: Not Available
Chorus: Chorus
Musical Style: This through-composed comic opera contains a pastiche of country tunes, music hall turns, rustic folk dances, and marches all presented against a backdrop of Gilbert and Sullivan-type harmonies. The work deftly combines the style of the musical with the concert and film works of the composer.
Contact: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Phone: 414-774-3630
Schedule of Performances Listings
The Golden Apple (Moross)
Saturday, August 19, 1995 - Light Opera Works
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