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Little Women (1998) is the first opera composed by American composer Mark Adamo to his own libretto after Louisa May Alcott's tale of growing up in New England after the American Civil War. Mark Adamo (1962-) is an American composer and librettist who was born in Philadelphia. ... Louisa May Alcott Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist, best known for the novel Little Women, which she wrote in 1868. ... First Flag of New England, 1686-c. ... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders Abraham Lincoln Jefferson Davis Strength 1,556,678 (of whom many signed multiple enlistment contracts) 1,064,200 Casualties KIA: 110,100 Total dead: 359,500 Wounded: 275,200 KIA: 74,500 Total dead: 198,500 Wounded: 137,000+  {{{notes...


Commissioned and introduced in March 1998 by the Opera Studio of Houston Grand Opera, then under the guidance of General Director David Gockley Little Women's first two performances prompted Gockley to pronounce it "destined to be an American classic" and scheduled the opera for a mainstage revival of ten performances in March 2000 — making it the first of HGO's twenty-some commissions to be so revived. The Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is one of the leading opera companies in the United States. ...


G. Schirmer published the opera in May 1998; National Public Radio broadcast the recording of the premiere the following September; and there have been more than 35 distinct productions, professional and academic, domestic and international, since the world premiere, ranging from established American stages (Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Pacific), newer, more progressive companies (Fort Worth Opera, Opera Columbus) and American summer festivals (Glimmerglass Opera, Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera), international venues (Teatro de la Ciudad in Mexico City, World Expo in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan), and conservatories (Indiana University at Bloomington, Westminster Choir College, New England Conservatory of Music.) The New York City Opera (NYCO) is New York Citys second opera company (after the Metropolitan Opera). ... Glimmerglass Opera was founded in 1975. ... Central City Opera is the fifth-oldest opera company in the United States, founded in 1932. ... The Chautauqua Opera is the resident summer opera company of Chautauqua Institution. ... Mexico City (Spanish: Ciudad de México) is the name of a megacity located in the Valley of Mexico (Valle de México), a large valley in the high plateaus (altiplano) at the center of Mexico, about 2,240 metres (7,349 feet) above sea-level, surrounded on most sides... View of Tokyos Shibuya district Tokyo ) (help· info), literally eastern capital, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and includes the highly urbanized downtown area formerly known as the city of Tokyo which is the heart of the Greater Tokyo Area. ... Nagoya Castle in June of 2004. ... The Simon Music Center of the Jacobs School of Music The Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana is generally considered to be one of the best music schools in the country. ... Westminster Choir College of Rider University is a college of music with a unique choral emphasis that educates men and women at the undergraduate and graduate levels for music leadership careers in churches, schools, performance, and management. ... The New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) in Boston, Massachusetts is the oldest conservatory in the United States. ...


The American television premiere took place on August 29, 2001 on PBS's Great Performances (a co-production between Houston Grand Opera and Thirteen/WNET New York), and the world premiere recording of the HGO production was released on Ondine on August 28, 2001. August 29 is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (242nd in leap years), with 124 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


While some critics have argued that the score's reach exceeds its grasp — Opera News suggests that "the nontonal pages never quite mesh with the arias' flights of aching, Bernsteinian lyricism" — critical consensus has largely followed that of John Rockwell of The New York Times, who, on the occasion of the March 2003 New York City Opera premiere, called Little Women a "masterpiece". The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. ...


As of January 2006, Little Women was scheduled for its Australian premiere in spring 2007.


 
 

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