January 28, 2005
Democracy: An American Comedy
Composer:Scott Wheeler
Librettist:Romulus Linney
Synopsis
Madeleine Lee, a rich widow from New York, comes to Washington, where she falls in love with Senator Silas Raitcliffe. Esther Dudley, a photographer, falls in love with the Reverend Stephen Hazard. The men propose marriage and the women initially accept them. However, as the realities of both politics and personal power become more clear to the women, they eventually reject the men. The opera is declarred a comedy with a happy, if bitter, ending.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:30

Number of Acts
2

Vocal & Musical Forces
9 principal roles, chorus. Orchestra of 28 - 35 players: [2(pic;alto)-2-2(b cl)-2; 2-2-2-0; mand-hp-hpschd-2 perc; str]

Original Cast
Members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of Washington National Opera. Ulysses S. Grant, bass-baritone; Julia Grant, soprano; Reverend Stephen Hazard, tenor; Esther Dudley, soprano; Lydia Dudley, contralto; Senator Silas P. Raitcliffe, baritone; Mrs. Madeleine Lee, mezzo-soprano; Baron Jacobi, baritone; Mrs. Samuel "Essy" Baker, soprano


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