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Adams, John

Girls of the Golden West (2017)

Duration: 145 minutes
Opera

Libretto compiled from original sources by Peter Sellars (E)

Scoring
hS.S.M.3T.Bar. Male 4tet, Men's Chorus, dancer, 3(=picc).3(=corA).3(=Ebcl, bcl).3(=dbn)-4.3.3.1-perc(2)-pft-accordion-gtr-strings(12.9.7.7.5) Sound Design as detailed by Mark Grey
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Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
21/11/2017
War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA
Peter Sellars, director/librettist
Conductor: Grant Gershon
Company: San Francisco Opera

Roles

Dame ShirleySoprano
Joe CannonBaritone
Clarence KingBaritone
Ned PetersBass-Baritone
Josefa SegoviaMezzo-soprano
Ah SingColoratura Soprano
RamónBaritone
Lola MontezDancer

Time and Place
Act I: Rich Bar, a mining camp on the Feather River in the Sierra Mountains; Act II: Downieville, California; early 1850s.


Synopsis
Girls of the Golden West takes place in mining camps in the Sierra Mountains during the California Gold Rush of the early 1850s. The libretto texts are drawn from original Gold Rush song lyrics; from first-hand accounts by Louise Clappe, Ramón Gil Navarro and Mark Twain; from texts by Alfonsina Storni; and from contemporary newspaper articles, letters, journals, speeches and slogans.


Moods
Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects
History, Relationships, Society





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