April 19, 2002 | The American Opera Project
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Composer:Paula M. Kimper
Librettist:Paula Kimper
Synopsis
Adapted by Paula Kimper from Thornton Wilder's novel of the same name, is an opera about love in its many forms shown through an investigation into the lives of five people who are suddenly killed when a rope-bridge they are crossing breaks and collapses into a deep gorge in the Peruvian Andes of 1714. In the opera this story is brought to life by Brother Juniper, a witness to the accident who interprets the books, letters, journals and artifacts left behind.

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The American Opera ProjectThe Bridge of San Luis Rey2/2/2003 - 3/3/2003


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Opera Fund: Partnership 2002

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:30

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
tonal

Vocal & Musical Forces
soloists, chorus, 6 instrumentalists

Original Cast
Elizabeth Weigle (Camila the Perichole)
Keith Jameson (Uncle Pio)
Keith Miller (Captain Alvarado)
Charles Temkey (Esteban)
Enrique Toral (Brother Juniper)
Elaine Valby (Abbess Madre María del Pilar)
Ensemble: Deborah Alton, Jeniece Golbourne, Sally Hoskins, Katherine Leahy, Stuart Pressman, Andre Solomon Glover, Jody Sheinbaum


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