The Grapes Of Wrath

An Opera In Three Acts

Ricky Ian Gordon

Text by Novel by John Steinbeck "The Grapes of Wrath"
Libretto by Michael Korie
Piano Reduction/Vocal Score
Performing Ensemble: Voice with Piano
Instrumentation: Voice, Piano
Item Number: VS5
Number of Pages: 376
Duration: 190'
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Print Status: In Print


Quick Overview

Premiered at the Minnesota Opera in 2007, The Grapes of Wrath is a full-scale opera with libretto by Michael Korie, now available in its entirety from Carl Fischer Music. Based on the Pulitzer prize-winning 1939 novel by John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath was named "the great American opera" by Musical America, and Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed wrote that: "…the greatest glory of the opera is Gordon's ability to musically flesh out the entire 11-member Joad clan…Gordon's other great achievement is to merge Broadway and opera… greatly enhanced by his firm control over ensembles and his sheer love for the operatic voice." A recording of the world premiere production at the Minnesota Opera is available separately from PS Classics (PS-866).

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Additional Information

Commission Co-commissioned by Minnesota Opera and Utah Symphony and Opera
Composition Date 2007
Librettist Korie, Michael


Act I
Act II