March 9, 2005 | Peabody Opera at Johns Hopkins University
The Alien Corn
Composer:Thomas Benjamin
Librettist:Roger Brunyate
Synopsis
George Bland, rejecting his parents' desire for him to enter politics, goes to Germany to study the piano. He hopes to regain contact with his Jewish heritage, denied by his parents in their efforts to be accepted as English gentry. But even the affectionate support of the writer Somerset cannot prevent tragedy.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:40

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Tonal; recitative, arias, numerous ensembles; pop references

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone, bass; no chorus. Chamber orchestra (single woodwinds, 2 horns, trumpet, trombone, strings, harp, piano, percussion)

Original Cast
BriAnne Burgess as Lea Makart, Lesley Craigie as Lady Muriel Bland, Jenni Lynn Bank as Hannah Bleikogel, Lucas Tannous as Somerset, Kevin Wetzel as Sir Adolf (Bertie) Bland, Daniel Seigel as George Bland, Ryan Stadler as Ferdy Rabenstein


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