October 20, 2001
Bellini's War
Composer:Steven Paxton
Librettist:William Wenthe
Synopsis
In World War II, a group of Italian Prisoners of War are sent to a lonely spot in the Texas Panhandle. There, half-starved by an overzealous prison commander, they craft a lasting relationship through art with the parishoners of St. Mary's Church in the small town of Umbarger, Texas. The musical drama, BelliniÆs War, focuses on a young Italian Captain, fiercely loyal to his sense of duty as he learns that principles cannot exist apart from the humanity of the people around him.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:00

Number of Acts
3

Musical Style
modern eclectic

Vocal & Musical Forces
6 principals (5 male, 1 female); 10 secondary (6 male, 4 female); chorus; string orchestra; plus harp, percussion, and guitar

Original Cast
Title Role, Capt. Franco Bellini: Charles Wood


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