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The Grapes of Wrath
Composer:Ricky Ian Gordon
Librettist:Michael Korie
John Steinbeck’s classic tale of the Joad family’s odyssey from drought stricken Oklahoma to the illusory “green pastures” of southern California is one the great stories of survival. Full of fully-rounded, three-dimensional characters, some of whom die on the way and some of whom suffer and grow on the road to the “promised land,” the opera is remarkably faithful to the book. From the stirring opening chorus, “The Last Time There Was Rain,” to the remarkable final scene in which Rosasharn, whose baby has been stillborn, nurses a dying man, this large-scale opera preserves the biblical and socially progressive underpinnings of Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize winning book.
courtesy of Carl Fischer, Inc.

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Detroit OperaThe Grapes of Wrath5/11/2019 - 5/19/2019
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisThe Grapes of Wrath5/27/2017 - 6/25/2017
Anchorage OperaThe Grapes of Wrath11/5/2011 - 11/5/2011
MasterVoicesThe Grapes of Wrath3/22/2010 - 3/22/2010
Opera PacificThe Grapes of Wrath1/1/2009 - 1/31/2009
Pittsburgh OperaThe Grapes of Wrath11/11/2008 - 11/22/2008
Utah Symphony | Utah OperaThe Grapes of Wrath5/5/2007 - 5/20/2007
Minnesota OperaThe Grapes of Wrath2/2/2007 - 2/18/2007

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The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2016
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The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2003

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13 principal singing roles Soprano, 2 Mezzo-sopranos, 3 Tenors, 4 Baritones, Bass-baritone, Boy Soprano, Girl Soprano; 5 featured singers (doubling various roles): Soprano, Mezzo-soprano, Tenor, Baritone, Bass Chorus: SATB (div.) Instrumentation: 2 (picc.)/2 (eng. hn.)/2 (b. cl.)/2 (cbn.), a. sax., t. sax (b. sax.); 4/3/3 (b. trb)/1; timp., perc. (2), gtr. (banjo), harmonica, synth., hp.; str.

Original Cast
Brian Leerhuber (Tom Joad)
Deanne Meek (Ma Joad)
Kelly Kaduce (Rosasharn)
Roger Honeywell (Jim Casy)
Peter Halverson (Pa Joad)
Robert Orth (Uncle John)
Rosalind Elias (Granma)
Dan Dressen (Grampa)
Andrew Wilkowske (Noah)
Joshua Kohl (Al)
Jesse Blumberg (Connie Rivers)
Maeve Moynihan (Ruthie)
Henry Bushnell (Winfield)

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