October 31, 2004
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Composer:Charles Wuorinen
Librettist:James Fenton
Synopsis
The story of Haroun is a tale of a fight between the free imagination and the powers that oppose it. Haroun, a storyteller's son, learns that the Ocean of the Sea of Stories, the source of all stories, is being polluted by the enemy of all stories, the sinister Khattam-Shud. In a series of brilliantly imagined adventures, Haroun succeeds in defeating the powers of darkness and restoring happiness to his family and to the city where he lives. The libretto stays close to the buoyant spirit of the original children's book, conjuring up a fantasy world in which, nonetheless, one never loses sight of harsh political reality and the issues of freedom of speech and imagination.

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The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2004

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Cross-cultural blend of western and Indian musical idioms

Original Cast
Heather Buck (Haroun)
Peter Strummer (Rashid)
Heather Johnson (Saroya)
Kathryn Friest (Princess Batcheat)
James Schaffner
Joel Sorensen
Javier Abreu
Lawrence Long
Ethan Herschenfeld
Ryan McPherson
Wilbur Pauley


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