American premiere include The Adventures of Pinocchio and the world premieres of Doubt and The Manchurian Candidate.
“A strong contender for iconographic recognition”— Opera News on Elmer Gantry
Caramoor’s Dialogues of the Carmelites 2015, Florentine’s Elmer Gantry 2015 and Albert Herring 2013
NYC Opera’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Florentine’s Elmer Gantry 2015
This World Premiere production reunites the creative team that won double GRAMMY® awards for the Florentine Opera recording of Elmer Gantry*, as conductor William Boggs (The two-time Grammy® Award-winning recording and Midwest premiere of Elmer Gantry 2010, Julius Caesar 2014) once again leads the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Florentine Opera Chorus. Sister Carrie will be directed by William Florescu with lighting design by Noele Stollmack, scenic design by Kris Stone, and costume design by Rachel Laritz.
Composer Robert Aldridge and Librettist Herschel Garfein made US opera history when Elmer Gantry opened to rave reviews at Nashville Opera in 2007 followed by a Florentine Opera Midwest premiere and professional recording in 2010. Opera outsiders, they had undertaken a full-length grand opera on a classic American novel without a commission. Their seventeen-year ordeal searching for a full production was the basis of a front-page article in the New York Times Arts and Leisure (“Behold! An Operatic Miracle!”). Sister Carrie is their second opera.
GRAMMY® Winner for Best Contemporary Classical Composition
GRAMMY® Winner for Best Engineered Classical Recording
– the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
*GRAMMY® awards for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Engineered Classical Recording