April 29, 2017 | Pittsburgh Opera
The Summer King
Composer:Daniel Sonenberg
Librettist:Daniel NesterDaniel Sonenberg
Synopsis
The Summer King tells the story of baseball legend Josh Gibson. Josh went from the sandlots of Pittsburgh’s North Side to the pinnacle of greatness in the Negro Leagues, before ultimately being enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.


Productions
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COMPANYTITLEDATES
Michigan Opera TheatreThe Summer King5/12/2018 - 5/20/2018
The American Opera ProjectThe Summer King5/12/2018 - 5/12/2018
Pittsburgh OperaThe Summer King4/29/2017 - 5/7/2017


OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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GRANT NAMEYEAR
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2017
New Works Exploration Grants2014
New Works Forum Showcase 2014

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
The opera uses overlapping musical language of dissonant tonalities and buoyant melody.

Vocal & Musical Forces
S/2MS/4T/2Bar/Bass; chamber orchestra

Original Cast
Roles: HELEN, Soprano; GRACE, Mezzo-Soprano; ELDER BARBER’S WIFE, Mezzo-Soprano; ELDER BARBER, Tenor; SEÑOR ALCALDE, Tenor; TRASH-TALKING BATTER, Tenor; RADIO ANNOUNCER, Tenor; JOSH GIBSON (JOSH), Baritone; YOUNGER BARBER, Baritone; SAM BANKHEAD, Bass Baritone; Barbershop Patron; Ballgame Spectators; Fellow Players; Joe DiMaggio


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