Our Basic Nature
Composer: John Glover
Librettist: Kelley Rourke
Other Artistic Personnel: Jocelyn Dueck, music director
REDSHIFT, ensemble
Original Cast: Andrew Wilkowske
Work Web Site: www.ourbasicnatureopera.com
Premiere Date: Not available.
Description: Our Basic Nature is a multi-media work of music-theater for baritone and chamber ensemble. In 1964, psychologist Maurice Temerlin and his wife Jane adopted a day-old chimpanzee, to whom they gave the name Lucy. Their intention, wrote Temerlin, was to raise Lucy “as much as possible as though she were a human being.” Incorporating music and original projection design, Our Basic Nature explores the blurred lines between animal and man through this incredible story. Inspired by dramatic song cycles including Janacek's Diary of One Who Disappeared and Schubert's Winterreise, the work is suitable for performance in recital spaces, small to medium sized opera houses, and contemporary art performance spaces.
Character List (Major): Dr. Maurice Temerlin (bar)
Video Clip:
Length: 00:45
Total Acts: 1
Chorus: No chorus
Orchestration: Baritone, bass clarinet, violin, cello, toy piano, and piano (2 pianists required).
Contact: John Glover/Kelley Rourke
E-mail Address: info@ourbasicnatureopera.com
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