The Grapes of Wrath

Opera in Three Acts after the novel by John Steinbeck

Ricky Ian Gordon

Arranged by Ricky Ian Gordon & Bruce Coughlin
Libretto by Michael Korie
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Performing Ensemble: Opera with Chorus
Instrumentation: Voice, Orchestra
Text: "The Grapes of Wrath", Novel by John Steinbeck. Libretto by Michael Korie
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Quick Overview

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 of 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.

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Additional Information

Arranger Gordon, Ricky Ian , Coughlin, Bruce
Cast Voices Characters: 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.)
Commission Co-commissioned by Minnesota Opera and Utah Symphony and Opera
Composition Date 2007
Duration 03:10:00
Librettist Korie, Michael
Orchestration 2 2 2 2 A.Sax. T.Sax - 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. Perc. Synth. Hp. Harmonica. Gtr. Str.
Premiere February 10, 2007. Minnesota Opera, original Stage Direction and Dramaturgy by Eric Simonson; Ordway Theater, Minneapolis, MN

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