May 16, 2002
Mary Shelley
Composer:Allan Jaffe
Librettist:Deborah Atherton
This two-act opera follows Mary Shelley's evolution as an artist before and after the creation of "Frankenstein". It begins with the romance between Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and Percy Shelley in 1814 and ends after Shelley's drowning in 1823. Through the creation and acknowledgment of The Monster, Mary comes to a dramatic recognition of her own voice as an artist.

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Musical Style
MARY SHELLEY uses a musical language that is predominantly tonal. The drama of the story is enhanced by harmonies derived from the composer's jazz background. The vocal lines are lyrical and set in a rhythmic environment that is complex, yet viscer

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, contralto, 2 tenors, baritone, bass-baritone. Orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, contrabass, piano

Original Cast
Barbara Rearick (Mary Shelley); Scott Murphree (Percy Shelley); Michael Lofton (the Monster); Peter Stewart (Byron); Susan Eichhorn (Mrs. Godwi); Robin Massie (Claire Clairmont); Anthony Turner (Mr. Godwin); Melanie Mitrano (Harriet Shelley)

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