An American Tragedy
July 20 - August 24, 2014
Tobias Picker, 2005
Libretto by Gene Scheer
Blinded by ambition, a promising young man makes a series of unfortunate choices culminating in a mysterious death in the Adirondacks. Based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel and inspired by a sensational murder trial in Herkimer, New York, Tobias Picker’s opera explores a small-town boy’s pursuit of his idealized dreams.
An American Tragedy, Picker’s fourth opera, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005 to great acclaim. The Glimmerglass production celebrates the composer’s 60th birthday and marks the premiere of the newly revised version by the composer and librettist.
“Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy,” Tobias Picker wrote, “is a powerful portrayal of the dark side of the American dream.”
Presented in English with projected English text
An American Tragedy is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major support from Faith E. Gay and Francesca Zambello.
This production is additionally sponsored by the Glimmerglass National Council.
Conductor George Manahan
Director Kate Whoriskey
Sets Alexander Dodge
Costumes Anya Klepikov
Lighting Robert Wierzel
Projected Titles Kelley Rourke
Hair and Makeup Anne Ford-Coates
Samuel Griffiths Aleksey Bogdanov