June 2, 2006 | The American Opera Project
Bonfire of the Vanities
Composer:Stefania Maria De Kenessey
Librettist:Michael Bergmann
Trader Sherman McCoy invents a bond so hot it propels him to the top of the financial world. But just as he scores the highest bonus and the sexiest mistress, he gets sucked into a scandal that brings all of New York City crashing down upon him.

That scandal –  centering on a  a hit-and-run incident involving a young black man in the South Bronx -- draws in a washed-out alcoholic journalist, a feisty African-American female attorney, and a Harlem minister-powerbroker who all see opportunity in the tragic accident and who take the story of Bonfire to even darker levels as McCoy’s marriage and career disintegrate. 

A satire for our post-financial crisis world, this raucous tale mercilessly lampoons the wolves of Wall Street, the real housewives of Park Avenue, and anyone else who crosses its path

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