May 8, 2002
The Sandman
Composer:Thomas Cabaniss
Librettist:Douglas Langworthy and David Hers
Synopsis
"The Sandman" is the story of the romantic poet Nathanael, whose obsessions with childhood traumas lead him on a collision course with fate. It begins in a series of fits and starts that parallel the novella's shifting narrative style. We follow him through a series of adventures, including a meeting with a barometer merchant and his love affair with the automaton Olympia. After a nervous collapse, Nathaneal is overcome with anxiety and tragically leaps from a parapet to his death.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:30

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
lyrical tonality with experimental juxtapositions of recorded music.

Vocal & Musical Forces
six singers: 1 lyric, 1 coloratura, 2 tenors, 2 baritones; four musicians: piaino, oboe, cello, viola; 1 soundboard operator (onstage).

Original Cast
Nathanael (tenor) - Christian Sebek Young Nathanael/Olympia (soprano) - Violetta Zambetti Mother/Clara (soprano) - Rachel Mondanaro Father/Spalanzani (tenor) - Byron Singleton Coppelius/Coppola (bass-baritone) - Gregory Rahming Siegmend (baritone) - Jay Johnson


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