Young Caesar
Composer: Lou Harrison
Librettist: Robert Gordon
Other Artistic Personnel: Nicole Paiement (Artistic Director/Conductor)
Brian Staufenbiel (Director)
Lawrence Pech (Choreographer)
Musicians from Ensemble Parallele and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Original Cast: John Duykers (Narrator)
Eleazar Rodriquez (Caesar)
Eugene Brancoveanu (Nicomedes)
Sheila Willey (Cornelia)
Wendy Hillhouse (Aunt Julia)
Premiere Date: February 16, 2007
Description: Originally conceived as a puppet opera, Young Caesar explores the early life of Julius Caesar and his historical meeting, and subsequent love affair, with King Nicomedes of Bithynia. East meets West in this unique project inspired in large part by the composer's years studying Chinese opera. On what would have been the composer's 90th birthday, Young Caesar was performed for the first time in its final version on February 16 and 17, 2007. This is the definitive production of a work Harrison revised for over 20 years, and whose many final revisions were edited before his death in close collaboration with conductor Nicole Paiement.
Character List (Major): Caesar (t)
Narrator (low bar)
Julia (low a)
Cornelia (s)
Nicomedes (bar)
Physician (t/bar)
Character List (Minor): 6 spoken parts
Reviews: The `Young Caesar' that nobody knows - Los Angeles Times 2/19/2007
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: Not Available
Orchestration: fl (pic,ten rec), ob (Eh) - tpt - 5 perc, 2 hp (2nd may be Troub), org, tack pf - cel, vln, vla, vc.
Contact: Peermusic Classical
Address: 250 W. 57th St., Suite 820, New York, NY 10107
E-mail Address: PeerClassical@Peermusic.com
Phone: 212-265-3910, x. 17
Publisher Web Site: http://www.peermusicclassical.com
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