November 28, 1995 | Canadian Opera Company
Red Emma
Composer:Gary Kulesha
Librettist:Carol BoltCary Bolt
Synopsis
Twenty-year-old Emma Goldman arrives in New York City at the end of the 19th century. Full of idealism, she is passionately committed to the abstract beliefs of anarchism, a left-wing turn-of-the-century dogma. In New York, she encounters Alexander Berkman and Johann Most, two of the leading figures in anarchy, and sequentially has relationships with both men. As the opera progresses, she discovers that her idealism seems to be more deeply rooted than the idealism of those around her. The story of the opera concerns Emma's coming to consciousness, and her growing awareness that if change happens, she herself will have to make it happen-a particularly unusual situation for a woman in the late 1890s.

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Canadian Opera CompanyRed Emma11/1/1995 - 12/1/1995


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Opera for a New America 1995
Opera for a New America 1994
Opera for a New America 1993

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Musical Style
The opera is crafted in arias, duets, and ensembles, accessibly tonal, and tuneful. The music exhibits a wide range of coloration and an imaginative use of a small chamber ensemble. The composer has a flair for writing both brief motivic interchanges

Vocal & Musical Forces
Eight principals (soprano, mezzo-soprano, 3 baritones, 2 tenors, bass); orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, 1 percussion, piano (dbl synthesizer), 2 violins, viola, cello, bass.

Original Cast
Rayanne Dupuis/Nathalie Paulin as Helen, Dan Chamandy as Fedya, Igor Emelianov as Sasha, Sonya Gosse/Anita Krause as Emma, Marcos Pujol as Kreiderman, Bruce Schaef as Parks, Robert Milne as Henry Clay Frick, Matthew Lord as Johann Most


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