Hearts on Fire
Composer: Roger Ames
Librettist: Laura Harrington
Other Artistic Personnel: Ben Krywosz, Director
Original Cast: Original cast: Claire, Susan Lambert/Eilene Wisniewski; Mae, Ruth MacKenzie; Tommy, Bradley Greenwald; Simon Rivers, James Bohn
Premiere Date: May 11, 1995
Producing Company: The New Music-Theater Ensemble (now Nautilus Music-Theater)
Description: Seventeen-year-old Claire has a boyfriend her age, Tommy, but she also knows a mysterious older man, Simon Rivers, who she feels somehow holds the key to releasing her emotionally-crippled mother, Mae. It is revealed that years earlier Mae's husband shot and killed her lover and then turned the gun on himself. The opera tells the story of how Claire re-enacts her mother's life in order to change its ending and break their family's cycle of pain and sorrow.
Reviews: Opera News, Michael Anthony, September 1995
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: kbd, gtr
Musical Style: Tonal; conventional vocalism as well as spoken elements, recitative, and sprechstimme
Contact: Nautilus Music-Theater
Phone: 612-298-9913
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