Thursday, January 19, 2012

American Operas, a List

1897 The Scarlet Letter Walter Damrosch
1910 The Pipe of Desire Frederick S. Converse
1911 Natoma Victor Herbert
1911 Mona Horatio Parker
1913 Cyrano de Bergerac Walter Damrosch
1914 Madeleine Victor Herbert
1917 The Canterbury Pilgrims Reginald de Koven
1917 Azora Henry Hadley
1918 Shanewis Charles Wakefield Cadman
1919 The Legend Joseph Breil
1920 Rip Van Winkle Reginald de Koven
1920 Cleopatra's Night Henry Hadley
1926 The Witch of Salem Charles Wakefield Cadman
1927 The King's Henchman Deems Taylor
1931 Peter Ibbetson Deems Taylor
1933 The Emperor Jones Louis Gruenberg
1934 Merry Mount Howard Hanson
1934 Four Saints in Three Acts Virgil Thomson
1935 Porgy and Bess George Gershwin
1935 In the Pasha's Garden John Laurence Seymour
1937 The Man without a Country Walter Damrosch
1938 Amelia Goes to the Ball Gian Carlo Menotti
1939 The Devil and Daniel Webster Douglas Moore
1939 The Old Maid and the Thief Gian Carlo Menotti
1942 Ramuntcho Deems Taylor
1942 The Island God Gian Carlo Menotti
1946 The Medium Gian Carlo Menotti
1947 The Mother of us All Virgil Thomson
1947 The Warrior Bernard Rogers
1947 The Telephone, or L'Amour à trois Gian Carlo Menotti
1950 The Consul Gian Carlo Menotti
1951 Amahl and the Night Visitors Gian Carlo Menotti
1952 Trouble in Tahiti Leonard Bernstein
1953 The Mighty Casey William Schuman
1953 The Taming of the Shrew Vittorio Giannini
1954 The Tender Land Aaron Copland
1954 The Saint of Bleeker Street Gian Carlo Menotti
1955 The Ruby Norman Dello Joio
1956 The Ballad of Baby Doe Douglas Moore
1956 Susannah Carlisle Floyd
1956 Candide Leonard Bernstein
1956 The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore Gian Carlo Menotti
1957 A Game of Chance Seymour Barab
1958 Vanessa Samuel Barber
1959 A Hand of Bridge Samuel Barber
1961 Sweet Betsy from Pike Mark Bucci
1963 The Last Savage Gian Carlo Menotti
1966 Antony and Cleopatra Samuel Barber
1976 Einstein on the Beach Philip Glass
1977 The Women in the Garden Vivian Fine
1979 Sweeney Todd Stephen Sondheim
1979 The Village Singer Stephen Paulus
1981 Satyagraha Philip Glass
1982 The Postman Always Rings Twice Stephen Paulus
1984 Akhnaten Philip Glass
1987 Nixon in China John Adams
1991 The Death of Klinghoffer John Adams
1991 The ghosts of Versailles John Corigliano
1991 Orphée Philip Glass
1992 McTeague  William Elden Bolcom
1994 The Dangerous Liaisons Conrad Susa
1995 Harvey Milk Stewart Wallace
1996 Rent Jonathan Larson
1998 Little Women  Mark Adamo
1998 A Streetcar Named Desire Andre Previn
1999 A View from the Bridge   William Elden Bolcom
1999 The Great Gatsby John Harbison
2000 Dead Man Walking Jake Heggie
2000 El Niño John Adams
2005 An American Tragedy  Tobias Picker
2005 Doctor Atomic John Adams
2005 Margaret Garner Richard Danielpour
2005 Grendel  Elliot Goldenthal
2007 Appomattox Philip Glass
2008 The Bonesetter’s Daughter Stewart Wallace
2009 The Letter Paul Moravec
2010 Moby-Dick Jake Heggie
2011 Heart of a Soldier Christopher Theofanidis
2011 Death and the Powers Tod Machover
2011 Two boys Nico Muhly
2012 Dog Days David T. Little
2013 The Perfect American Philip Glass
2013 The Secret Garden Nolan Gasser
2013 Dolores Claiborne Tobias Picker
2013 The Gospel of Mary Magdalene Mark Adamo
2014 Brokeback Mountain Charles Wuorinen
2014 27 Ricky Ian Gordon
2014 As One Laura Kaminsky
2014 Usher House Gordon Getty
2015 La Ciociara Marco Tutino
2015 Cold Mountain Jennifer Higdon
2015 Charlie Parker's Yardbird Daniel Schnyder
2015 Great Scott Jake Heggie
2015 Bel Canto Jimmy López

I'm not sure Victor Herbert counts. He was born in Germany and brought the style of German operetta to America. He was very influential here.  Menotti is our only composer to emphasize opera.  Nothing before Porgy and Bess remains in the repertoire.

I have to say this is a truly pathetic list.

1 comment:

CapeCodDoug said...

I'd love to see "Ghosts of Versailles" make a return . . . had a nice humorous twist on some of our old favorite characters . . .