The Summer King
Composer: Daniel Sonenberg
Librettist: Daniel Nester
Original Cast: Roles: HELEN, Soprano; GRACE, Mezzo-Soprano; ELDER BARBER’S WIFE, Mezzo-Soprano; ELDER BARBER, Tenor; SEÑOR ALCALDE, Tenor; TRASH-TALKING BATTER, Tenor; RADIO ANNOUNCER, Tenor; JOSH GIBSON (JOSH), Baritone; YOUNGER BARBER, Baritone; SAM BANKHEAD, Bass Baritone; Barbershop Patron; Ballgame Spectators; Fellow Players; Joe DiMaggio
Premiere Date: April 29, 2017
Producing Company: Pittsburgh Opera
Description: The Summer King tells the story of baseball legend Josh Gibson. Josh went from the sandlots of Pittsburgh’s North Side to the pinnacle of greatness in the Negro Leagues, before ultimately being enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

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Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 2
Musical Style: The opera uses overlapping musical language of dissonant tonalities and buoyant melody.
Contact: American Opera Projects
E-mail Address: info@operaprojects.org
Phone: 718-398-4024
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