October 30, 1949
Lost in the Stars
Composer:Kurt Weill
Librettist:Maxwell Anderson
Synopsis
A young black man emigrates from the country to Johannesburg. During a robbery, he panics and kills a white liberal and, although repentant, is executed for his crime. The moral center of the work, the young man's father, Stephen Kumalo, regards his son's crime and subsequent punishment as the ultimate test of his faith.

Productions
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Washington National OperaLost in the Stars2/12/2016 - 2/20/2016
Glimmerglass FestivalLost in the Stars8/25/2012 - 8/25/2012
Pittsburgh Festival OperaLost in the Stars2/2/2008 - 2/24/2008
Boston Lyric OperaLost in the Stars1/1/1992 - 1/21/1992


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New Works Exploration Grants2016

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Musical Style
A hybrid of straight theater and sung musical, with dialogue accompanied by the orchestra. The harmonic language has been likened to that of a superior Hollywood film score of the time.

Vocal & Musical Forces
Reed 1 (flute, clarinet, alto sax), Reed 2 (oboe, English horn, clarinet, tenor sax), reed 3 (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax), trumpet, piano (accordion), harp, timpani and percussion, 2 violas, 2 cellos, bass; boy soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor or high baritone, baritone, singer-dancer, speaking and other roles; double chorus; dancers

Original Cast
Original Broadway Cast: Todd Duncan as Stephen Kumalo; Inez Matthews as Irina, Frank Roane as Leader, Shelia Guyse as Linda; Herbert Coleman as Alex


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