April 21, 1993 | Madison Opera
Shining Brow
Composer:Daron Aric Hagen
Librettist:Paul Muldoon
Synopsis
The opera concerns events that occured between 1903 and 1914 during the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's life. Wright's determination to leave his wife and children, his relationship with Mamah Cheney, and the subsequent murders and conflagration at Taliesin, are all part of the historical record. The opera takes Wright to the point at which he vows to rebuild Taliesin in Mamah's memory.

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OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2015
The Next Stage1997
Opera for a New America 1991

Title Information

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
03:00

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Polytonal, use of verbal motifs, colorful orchestration, barbershop quartet, musical quotations and allusions; each main character has his or her own motif, tonal center, and instrumentation. For example: Frank Lloyd Wright is identified by a tritone

Vocal & Musical Forces
Large orchestra; onstage piano, violin, and cello; main characters include: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, spoken role; chorus

Original Cast
Michael Sokol (Frank Lloyd Wright)
Carolann Page (Mamah Cheney)
Barry Busse (Louis Sullivan)
Kitt Reuter Foss (Catherine Wright)
Bradley Garvin (Edwin Cheney)
Mimmi Fulmer (The Maid)



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