August 28, 1999
Summer
Composer:Stephen Paulus
Librettist:Joan Vail ThorneThorne, Joan Vail aft Wharton, E.
Synopsis
The novel's heroine, eighteen-year-old Charity Royall, is bored in the small town of North Dormer and ignorant of desire until she meets a visiting architect, Lucius Harney. Like the lush summer of the Berkshires around them, their romance is shimmering and idyllic, but its consequences are harsh and real. Wharton's prose, her raw depiction of the mountain community where Charity was born, the intrusion into Charity's bedroom by her guardian, Lawyer Royall, and Charity's rites of passage into adulthood elevate Summer into a study of society, nature, and human needs.

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Center for Contemporary OperaSummer6/6/2002 - 6/20/2002


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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Opera

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 3 principal roles (mezzo-soprano, baritone, bass-baritone), 6 secondary roles which also serve as doubles

Original Cast
Margaret Lattimore (Charity Royall)
Michael Chioldi (Lucius Harney)
John Cheek (Lawyer Royall)
Matthew Lau (Liff Hyatt)
Joanna Johnston (Miss Hatchard)
Emily Lodine (Verena Marsh)
Jane Jennings (Ally Hawes)
Mark Schowalter (Reverend Miles)
Michaela Gurevich (Annabel Balch)


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