November 19, 2010 | Opera Colorado
The Scarlet Letter
Composer:Lori Laitman
Librettist:David Mason
Synopsis
Published in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter immediately caught America’s attention and has never lost its grip. The story, which details how individuals react to and survive severely repressive communities saturated with religious dogma, could easily be played out today. Alongside protagonist Hester Prynne, a young woman who has borne a child out of wedlock, we observe how a religious community treats an adulterer and her daughter, Pearl; how Hester remains vigilant and keeps the identity of her child’s father a secret; and how Arthur Dimmesdale, the town priest and Pearl’s father, deals with crippling guilt. The Scarlet Letter looks at individuals who hold fast to their personal beliefs and secrets, to protect themselves and others; how their mistaken actions result from fears of being judged and disliked; and how people either make peace with their decisions or live out lives of tortured conflict because of them.

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Opera ColoradoThe Scarlet Letter5/7/2016 - 5/15/2016


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
Opera Grants for Female Composers: Commissioning Grants2016
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2013
New Works Sampler 2011

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
2:00

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
lyrical, dramatic, tonal

Vocal & Musical Forces
Chamber Orchestra (~40); 3 principal roles; 3 secondary roles; 2 non-singing roles; Chorus (minimum 16); one non-speaking role.

Original Cast
Principal roles will be sung by UCA faculty members: Christine Donahue as Hester Prynne
John Garst as Arthur Dimmesdale
Robert Holden as Roger Chillingworth
Martha Antolik as Mistress Hibbons


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