Earthrise
Composer: Lewis Spratlan
Librettist: Constance Congdon
Other Artistic Personnel: Jose Maria Condemi, Director
Original Cast: 42 minutes
Premiere Date: Not available.
Producing Company: San Francisco Opera
Description: Earthrise explores the unknown consequences of human cloning and genetic manipulation by depicting a conversation between a retiring lab scientist, Fauna, and her 'replicants.' Each of the three clones displays one essential quality of Fauna, a quality that has become exaggerated and intensified in the cloning process.

After interviewing these supposed 'carbon copies' of herself as potential successors to carry on her work, she rejects each of them in turn. In despair over the results of her research, Fauna is about to destroy all her data when the situation is redeemed by the appearance of another of her genetically manipulated creations: an androgynous figure named Wilder.

A long-lost test-tube baby created as part of Fauna's experiments combining DNA from various sources, Wilder seeks to reunite with his 'mother' Fauna. His fatal genetic flaws are proof of the failure of Fauna's life's work, but the two of them take comfort in the warmth of their mutual affection. Together Fauna and Wilder watch the earth rise from her extraterrestrial laboratory window and prepare to return home.
Total Acts: 1
Orchestration: fl, ob, cl, bsn - hrn, tpt, tbn - perc, pf - vln1, vln2, vla, vc, db
Contact: The Myrfield Press
E-mail Address: publishing@lewisspratlan.com
Phone: 413-256-6635
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2003 Repertoire Development
Project Name: EARTHRISE
Awardee: San Francisco Opera
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