Celebrate Alcott and Adamo

Celebrate Alcott and Adamo
© <i>Little Women</i>, courtesy Houston Grand Opera
Love is a great beautifier.
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
 
 

Louisa May Alcott's treasured American novel Little Women was first published in September 1868 in Boston and celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018. Mark Adamo's wildly successful opera on Little Women premiered in 1998 and celebrates its own 20th anniversary as well in 2018.

The Louisa May Alcott Society and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House in Concord, MA, join G. Schirmer in plans to jointly celebrate these two landmark anniversaries. The Society and the Orchard House wish to engage with and help promote any productions of the opera, especially for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, as Little Woman was originally published in two volumes between 1868 and 1869, and later printed as one volume.

If your upcoming programming plans include a production of Adamo's Little Women, we encourage you to contact G. Schirmer directly to highlight your performance amidst the anniversary celebrations. The Society and the Orchard House also offer to help create and collaborate on workshops and lectures alongside any productions of Little Women.

Did you know?
• Adamo's Little Women has consistently been among the top five most frequently performed operas in North America since its premiere.

• Joyce DiDonato performed the role of Meg in the premiere production at Houston Grand Opera (Watch: 'Things Change, Jo').

• Alcott's Little Women has been translated into more than 50 different languages.

• Adamo's opera has been performed in more than 120 different productions in 6 countries in less than 20 years.

• Alcott was not only an acclaimed writer but she also worked as a Civil War nurse, fought against slavery, and registered women to vote.

• Music and collaborative music-making is a recurring leitmotif in Little Women and other of Alcott's writings.

For further information, please contact Peggy Monastra.

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