The Grapes of Wrath

An Opera in Three Acts

Libretto by Michael Korie

Carl Fischer Music

Duration: 190 min.

Voices: 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.))

Instrumentation: 2(II=Picc).2(II=Eng. Hn.).2(II=Bs Cl & Eb Cl).2(II=Cbsn)-asax.tsax(bsax)-4.3.2.1-timp-perc(2)-guit(banjo)-hca-synth-hp-str

Premiere: February 10, 2007. Minnesota Opera, original Stage Direction and Dramaturgy by Eric Simonson; Ordway Theater, Minneapolis, MN.

Commission: Commissioned by Minnesota Opera and Utah Opera

Perusal Score: Act 1 | Act 2 | Act 3

Purchasing: Piano/Vocal Score

Rental: Stage Version | Concert Version

Notes:
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).

Minnesota Opera

Premiere Production, 2007

Photos by Michal Daniel.

Pittsburgh Opera

Photos by David Bachman

Opera St. Louis

2017

Photos by J. David Levy.

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