May 2, 2012 | Ithaca College
The Wolf by the Ears
Composer:Dana Wilson
Librettist:J. Robert Lennon
Synopsis
This opera explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, his slave "mistress," within the many contradictory and hypocritical social structures of their time. Jefferson's considerable power yet inability to live his own ideals are what make him both tragic and enduringly human. Sally's ability to negotiate a meaningful life within the context of slavery exhibits her remarkable fortitude and resilience. 
 

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
2:00'

Number of Acts
3

Musical Style
Rhythmic and polytonal with American Folk and African American / gospel / spiritual influences.

Vocal & Musical Forces
Chorus [small (8) to large] 1 ballerina; 1 African-style (jazz/modern) dancer Chamber orchestra (2222; 2210; 2 perc; piano; strings) 
 


Original Cast
Zach James (Thomas Jefferson)
Carami Hilaire (Sally Hemings)
Meghan Kelly (Martha Jefferson)
Steve Wilkins (James Hemings)
Nick Reynolds (John Adams)
Robyn Lustbader (Polly Jefferson)
Ryan Zettlemoyer (Franklin)
Tom Riley (Lafayette)
Carli Mazich-Addice (Maria Cosway)
Jason Peterson (James Callender)
Adiza Jibril (Slave Woman)



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