Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne Premieres at San Francisco Opera
Dolores Claiborne, Tobias Picker’s highly anticipated new opera, receives its world premiere this month at the San Francisco Opera. Based on the novel by Stephen King,Dolores Claiborne was commissioned by San Francisco Opera by arrangement with Andrew Welch and features a libretto by J.D. McClatchy, who previously collaborated with Picker on the libretto for his 1995 opera, Emmeline. The production, which opens September 18, is directed by James Robinson, with costume design by James Schuette and stage design by Allen Moyer.
Patricia Racette, who created the title role in Emmeline as well as the role of Roberta Alden in An American Tragedy, stars in the lead role of Dolores for the production's first four performances on September 18, 22, 25, 28. Veteran San Francisco Opera performer Catherine Cook assumes the role for the final two performances on October 1 and 4. They are joined in the cast by sopranos Susannah Biller and Elizabeth Futral, tenors Greg Fedderly and Joel Sorensen, and bass-baritone Wayne Tigges with George Manahan conducting.
Of the opera, Picker writes:
Dolores Claiborne is a character destined for the operatic stage – passionate, desperate, trapped. She will do anything to save her daughter who despises her. Pushed to the extreme edge of life, she does what she has to, fearless and forsaken. I have wanted to write this opera for years. Yes, Stephen King is a master of suspense, but he is also a remarkable reader of human desires and fears. The superb team that San Francisco Opera has assembled allows me to compose a powerful, heart-stopping piece of music theater for a cast of brilliant voices.
For more information on Tobias Picker, please visit www.schott-music.com
Visit sfopera.com for details on San Francisco Opera's production and click "Program Articles" for a preview by Norman Ryan.
Dolores Claiborne (2012)
an opera in two acts
libretto (Eng) by J.D. McClatchy
for 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, 5 tenors, bass-baritone, and SATB chorus