Sold Out!

Sold Out!
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MARGARET GARNER, Richard Danielpour’s first opera, premiered in May 2005 at the Michigan Opera Theatre to sold-out audiences. History repeated itself in July at the Cincinnati Opera. MARGARET GARNER became the highest selling production in the Cincinnati Opera’s recent history. A MARGARET GARNER documentary on WCPO — Cincinnati’s local ABC affiliate — was the highest-rated locally produced show in the channel’s history, ranking higher than prime-time programming during its airing. Audiences in Philadelphia, where the opera turns up in February — take note! -=-=-=-=-=- English libretto by Toni Morrison 3(pic).2(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/4.3Ctpt.2+btbn.1/timp.3perc/hp.pf(cel)/str Principal Roles: Mezzo-soprano, Lyric Baritone, Dramatic Soprano, Lyric Baritone Secondary Roles: Dramatic Tenor, Light Lyric Soprano, Tenor, Lyric Tenor SATB Black Chorus, 32 voices suggested SATB White Chorus, 40 voices suggested Kenny Leon, stage director Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano; Angela Brown, soprano; Gregg Baker, baritone; Rodney Gilfrey baritone Cincinnati Opera/Lano 14 July 2005; Cincinnati, OH -=-=-=-=-=- Reviews Richard Danielpour MARGARET GARNER The muse of music must be smiling over Cincinnati after the triumphant opening of Richard Danielpour’s opera, MARGARET GARNER. This is clearly a major new work...[with] dramatic and artistic power.... Danielpour’s score takes creative control from the first beat. It is fresh and evocative, weaving gospel, jazz and cinematic influences into a rich tapestry that rapidly dispels trivial preoccupations with star power, historical accuracy or morbid curiosity. It creates its own drama. Morrison’s libretto provides a haunting and simple counterpoint to the work. The music and words are, refreshingly, not always in tune. They complement one another in dutiful service to the same dramatic master... — Dag Ryen, LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER -=-=-=-=-=- Toni Morrison’s words were soothing and sweet, gently married to Richard Danielpour’s spellbinding music.... The significance of this performance, just blocks from where the real tragedy of Margaret Garner took place in 1856, wasn’t lost on the capacity crowd of 3,278 that remained gripped through nearly three hours and stood with roaring ovations at its conclusion. An intensely human drama, it was heart-breaking, wrenching and ultimately deeply moving to watch... — Janelle Gelfand, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER

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