May 25, 1930
Transatlantic
Composer:George Antheil
Librettist:George Antheil
Synopsis
The work takes place in New York in the 1920s, during an election year. Hector Jackson, a popular and promising candidate for President, is increasingly controlled and manipulated by Ajax Marjon, a corrupt industrialist.

In addition to the main story of organized crime and big business trying to influence the outcome of a presidential election, the opera also portrays a love relationship, set everywhere from the deck of an ocean liner to a crazy Art Deco living room in Manhattan. The opera includes a suicide attempt on the Brooklyn Bridge, a visit to a speakeasy frequented by tuxedo-clad gangsters, and an aria sung by a soprano, Gladys, in a bathtub. The composer consciously used names associated with Greek antiquity: Helena is the wife of a crooked politician Jason, who is supported by the racketeer Ajax. Helena is in love with the good guy, presidential candidate Hector, whose victory promises to usher in a new era of peace and justice for all. Leo, Hector's unscrupulous campaign treasurer, and his girlfriend Gladys are also involved.

Productions
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Minnesota OperaTransatlantic4/4/1998 - 4/26/1998


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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The Next Stage1997
Opera for a New America 1994

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
03:00

Number of Acts
3

Musical Style
Written in English with a score that uses American folk tunes, jazz melodies and harmonies, and a Salvation Army hymn, the opera's harmonic language has been described as late-romantic euphony in the style of Strauss, and reminiscent of Weill and Str

Original Cast
Minnesota Opera revival (1998):
Sherrill Milnes (Ajax)
Karl Daymond (Hector)
Juliana Rambaldi (Helen)
With: Mark Calkins, Dennis Petersen and Jane Thorngren


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