June 4, 1982 | Florida Grand Opera
Minutes Til Midnight
Composer:Robert Ward
Librettist:Daniel Lang
An American scientist, Emil Roszak, discovers the ultimate power of cosmic energy. He is summoned to the White House, where he is to produce a "cosmic bomb," which the government wants as a bargaining tool in its confrontation with the "enemy." As Roszak returns to his laboratory to complete the formula, a series of events – a heart attack, the death of Chris, his young protégé, in an anti-war demonstration, and visions of the bomb's holocaust---arouse Roszak's conscience. Roszak then decides that people everywhere must decide their own fate and publishes the formula in the International Physicists Journal in expectation of "a better tomorrow."

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Musical Style
Lyrical with hints of pop style; eclectic; reminiscent of Puccini, Hindemith, Richard Rodgers, and Kurt Weill; conservative

Vocal & Musical Forces
Two flutes (piccolo), 2 oboes (English horn), 2 clarinets (bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (contra bassoon), 4 French horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, timpani, percussion, harp; strings; 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, 4 baritones, bass-baritone; speaking role

Original Cast
Original Cast: Emil Roszak, Thomas Stewart; Chris Jessup, Henry Price; Julie Day, Claudia Cummings; Margo Roszak, Evelyn Lear; Amory Dexter, Richard Cross; Secretary of State, Eric Coyne; Secretary of Defense, Keith Crawford; Director of Intelligence, Albert F. Kunze; Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joel Hume; Secretary of the Treasury, Fred Heringes; Information Secretary, Daria Trehy Gerwig; Television newscaster, Ralph Renick

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