Minutes Til Midnight
Composer: Robert Ward
Librettist: Daniel Lang
Other Artistic Personnel: Emerson Buckley, Conductor; Nathaniel Merrill, Director; Gunther Schneider-Siemssen, Set and Lighting Designer; Neil Peter Jampolis, Costume Designer
Original Cast: Original Cast: Emil Roszak, Thomas Stewart; Chris Jessup, Henry Price; Julie Day, Claudia Cummings; Margo Roszak, Evelyn Lear; Amory Dexter, Richard Cross; Secretary of State, Eric Coyne; Secretary of Defense, Keith Crawford; Director of Intelligence, Albert F. Kunze; Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joel Hume; Secretary of the Treasury, Fred Heringes; Information Secretary, Daria Trehy Gerwig; Television newscaster, Ralph Renick
Premiere Date: June 04, 1982
Producing Company: Greater Miami Opera (New World Contemporary Festival of the Arts)[now Florida Grand Opera]
Description: An American scientist, Emil Roszak, discovers the ultimate power of cosmic energy. He is summoned to the White House, where he is to produce a "cosmic bomb," which the government wants as a bargaining tool in its confrontation with the "enemy." As Roszak returns to his laboratory to complete the formula, a series of events – a heart attack, the death of Chris, his young protégé, in an anti-war demonstration, and visions of the bomb's holocaust---arouse Roszak's conscience. Roszak then decides that people everywhere must decide their own fate and publishes the formula in the International Physicists Journal in expectation of "a better tomorrow."
Reviews: Opera, Joseph Valicenti, 11-82; Musical America, 11-82; Opera News, Robert Jacobson, 9-82; Opera Canada, Peter P. Fuchs, Jr., 9-82; Opera News, Allan Kozinn, 6-82; New York, Peter G. Davis, 6-21-82; The New Yorker, Andrew Porter, 6-21-82; The New York Times, Donal Henahan, 6-7-82; The Miami Herald, James Roos, 6-5-82
Length: 01:45
Orchestration: 2 fl(picc), 2 ob(Eng horn), 2 cl(bcl), 2 bsn (cbsn) - 4 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tb - timp, perc, hp - str
Musical Style: Lyrical with hints of pop style; eclectic; reminiscent of Puccini, Hindemith, Richard Rodgers, and Kurt Weill; conservative
Contact: ECS Publishing
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Phone: 1-800-777-1919; 617-236-1935
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