Río de Sangre
Composer: Don Davis
Composer Bio: Don Davis has enjoyed a successful and widely varied musical career, not only as a seminal and prolific composer of contemporary orchestral and chamber works for the concert stage, but also as a versatile dramatic composer and conductor of film and television music. He was born in 1957 in Anaheim, California, where he began the study of instrumental music at the age of nine, and composition at the age of twelve. Serious musical education followed at the University of California at Los Angeles, in addition to individual study with numerous composers including Henri Lazarof and Albert Harris. His Afterimages for violin and piano was a finalist in the Dutilleux International Composition Competition, and was later performed at an IRCAM Artist Series concert at the Pompidou Center in Paris by Maryvonne Le Dizès and Dimitri Vassilakis of the Ensemble Intercontemporain. His compositions have also been performed at the Monday Evening Concerts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as at numerous contemporary music concerts and festivals by ensembles such as The California E.A.R. Unit, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, XTET, the Arditti Quartet, the New Hollywood String Quartet, the Debussy Trio, the Rundfunk Kammer Orchester of Amsterdam, and at recitals of individual instrumental and vocal artists from whom he regularly receives commissions. A recording of his string quartet Bleeding Particles has been released on an Albany Records CD of West Coast composers performed by the Arditti Quartet, and his piano piece Illicit Felicity was released on Gloria Cheng’s Piano Dance: A 20th Century Portrait on Telarc Records.

Mr. Davis has earned a great deal of recognition of achievement including a first prize in the ICA/Taper Foundation Commission Competition, a Prize in the 1983 International Gaudeamus Musicweek, a Second Prize in the 1983 Valentino Bucchi Composition Competition for String Quartet, three B.M.I. Awards to Student Composers, two A.S.C.A.P. Foundation Grants to Young Composers, a Second Prize in the Symposium V for New Band Music, and two Emmy Awards.
Librettist: Kate Gale
Alicia Partnoy
Librettist Bio: Kate Gale, winner of the 1998 Allen Ginsberg Award, is the author of four books of poetry. Her latest book of poetry, Mating Season, was recently published by Tupelo Press. She travels widely, giving workshops on poetry and the creative process in the U.S. and, in the summer of 2003, at the University of London.

She is the editor of Red Hen Press, author of one novel, one children's book, and the editor of four anthologies. The libretto for Río de Sangre is born of a passion for Latin American culture and language and a fascination with the ways in which the cultures and lives of North Americans and their southern neighbors intersect in often disquieting ways. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches journalism at Loyola Marymount University and ethnic literature at California Sate University Dominguez Hills.
Other Artistic Personnel: Joseph Rescigno (Conducting The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra)
Paula Suozzi (Stage Director)
Scott Stewart (Chorus Master)
Simone Ferro (Choreographer)
Noele Stollmack (Set & Lighting Designer)
Original Cast: Guido LeBron (Christian Delacruz)
Kerry Walsh (Antonia)
John Duykers (Jesús Guajardo)
Vale Rideout (Igneo)
Ava Pine (Blanca)
Mabel Ledo (Estella)
Rubin Casas (Bishop Ruiz)
Work Web Site: http://www.riodesangre.com
Premiere Date: October 22, 2010
Producing Company: The Florentine Opera Company
Description: In the aftermath of a coup d'état, the new leader of a Latin American republic embarks on an idealistic course for his nascent government. A series of catastrophic events follow, including earthquakes, kidnapping and assassination, abetting the rise of an adversarial wolf in sheep's clothing. The outbreak of a riot affords the opportunity for this adversary to assume control of the government, thus perpetuating the tragic cycle of oppression.
Character List (Major): Delacruz (b-bar)
Antonia (dramatic coloratura soprano)
Igneo (lyr t)
Guajardo (dramatic tenor)
Blanca (lyric soprano)
Bishop Ruiz (bass)
Estella (mz)
Fuentes (t)
Marcos (t)
Tomas (bar)
Miguel (boy sop)
Length: 03:00
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: Chorus
Orchestration: 2-2-2-2, 4-2-3, 3-1-1, 14-12-10-8-6; stage ensemble 2 tpts, 2 sxs, 2 tbns, 3 perc, 1 piano, 1 bass
Musical Style: Orchestral
Contact: William Goldstein
Address: Marketing and Publicity
Red Hen Press
P.O. Box 40820
Pasadena, CA 91114
E-mail Address: info@jaykhoffman.com
Phone: 212-371-6690
Composer Web Site: http://www.dondavis.net
Librettist Web Site: http://www.redhen.org/
The Opera Fund Awardee Information
Award Category: 2008 Repertoire Development
Project Name: Río de Sangre
Awardee: Florentine Opera Company
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