January 20, 1995 | Los Angeles Opera
Simón Bolivar
Composer:Thea Musgrave
Librettist:Thea Musgrave
Synopsis
The first act moves through a series of short, connected scenes which culminate in the liberation of South America from Spanish rule. In the second act, the dream of Bolívar begins to disintegrate, as his idealistic union of states fails to hold together; Bolívar is seen as an exile, dying in poverty, seemingly forgotten. A coda telescopes the action into the twentieth century, where a revolution scene is taking place. The voice of Bolívar is heard, singing Bolívar's own words, invoking the ideal of freedom and the heavy demands it places on those who seek it.

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Opera for a New America 1994
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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
02:20

Number of Acts
2

Musical Style
Use of Spanish song and dances and traditional South American melodies

Vocal & Musical Forces
5 Principal: Soprano, 2 Tenors, Baritone, Bass; 3 Comprimario: Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Bass; Treble; 4 Minor Roles

Original Cast
Original Cast: Simón Bolívar, Stephen Guggenheim; Manuela Sáenz de Thorne, Amy Johnson; General Sucre, Michael Lynn Galanter; General Santander, Douglas Nagle; General Páez, Russell Cusick; Rodríguez and El Serrano, Richard Lewis; O'Leary, Bill Sinclair; Hipolita, Patricia Saunders Nixon; Pepe, Frank Ward; Officer, the Aide, and the Conspirator, David Pratt; Pedro, Tobin Jones; Pablo, Randall Gregoire; Young Bolívar, Sean Petersen


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