May 24, 2003
The Sound of A Voice
Composer:Philip Glass
Librettist:David Henry Hwang
Synopsis
The Sound of a Voice explores how intimacy is achieved between people who have lived in seclusion. In the first part, an aging Japanese warrior arrives at the home of a mysterious woman who lives like a hermit deep in the woods. Has he come as her suitor, or her assassin? Does she intend to love him, or to imprison him forever, like the flowers she cultivates so assiduously? The battles of love become a deadly contest in this tale, blurring the distinctions between hero and coward, between victor and vanquished.

In the second part, an elderly Japanese writer visits a mysterious brothel, which caters to men near the end of their lives by providing them with a means to relive their youth. The writer's initial contempt for the house gives way first to acceptance, then to regular visits. Ultimately, he finds his dreams and fantasies exposed before the brothel's elderly Madame, and embarks with her on an ethereal journey beyond sex and love.

Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Pittsburgh Festival OperaThe Sound of A Voice4/4/2007 - 4/28/2007
Long Beach OperaThe Sound of A Voice11/11/2006 - 11/18/2006


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2007

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:05

Number of Acts
2

Vocal & Musical Forces
2 Sopranos, 2 Baritones

Original Cast
Suzan Hanson: Part 1 Woman, Herbert Perry: Part 1 Man, Janice Felty: Part 2 Woman, Eugene Perry: Part 2 Man


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