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Robert Ward (1917-2013): The Crucible / Bryan Murray; Rachel Welshoff; Sylvia D'Eramo; Soraya Karkari; Iris Rogers; Christopher Jones; Joshua Benevento; Ryan Capozzo; Colin Whiteman; Cara Collins; John Downey; Derya Kayaalp

Album Summary

>Ward, Robert : The Crucible, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Robert Ward's The Crucible was commissioned by the New York City Opera in 1961 and is based directly on the Arthur Miller play, with the libretto by Bernard Stambler. The play, written in 1953, was inspired by the McCarthy witch-hunts of the 50s. The opera won the Pulitzer Prize and a New York Music Critics Circle Citation. A recording of the opera was released in 1961 and this has been the only existing recording of the work until now. Ward himself expressed his desire to have a modern recording of the work to producer John Ostendorf. Purchase Opera, with its deep roster of fine young professional singers and its collaboration with the Purchase Symphony and conductor Hugh Murphy, proved the right fit for this new recording. Ward systematically employs idiosyncratic harmonic language and melodic motifs to create distinct musical landscapes for each of the opera's characters. These landscapes reveal much about each character, sometimes even more than their words do.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: SUNY College, Purchase, NY (2016).


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Works Details

>Ward, Robert : The Crucible, opera
  • Performers: Ryan Capozzo (Voice); Cara Collins (Voice); Sylvia D'eramo (Voice)
  • Conductor: Hugh Murphy
  • Ensemble: Purchase Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1961