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Music by Victoria Bond
Libretto by Stephen Greco based on the novel by Jonathan Swift

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Gulliver’s Travels is a “mythological burlesque,” based on the Jonathan Swift novel. Appropriate for family audiences in the tradition of Hansel and Gretel, the opera is a journey of the imagination, where the world isn’t limited to what you see or what you know. Gulliver travels to four strange and exotic countries: Lilliput, a miniature land where Gulliver is a giant; Brobdingnag, a land of giants, where Gulliver is miniature; Laputa, the floating city of intellectual pursuits; and the land of the Houyhnhnms, where horses are evolved and humans are primitive “Yahoos.” Gulliver’s adventures and observations of the follies and vices of man form the basis of the opera, blending satire, humor and drama. Told through music and animated objects, the opera is for the adult in every child.

The opera is a comedy and the music references Jonathan Swift’s irreverent wit and sarcasm. The opera is conceived as an arc of four sequences, each depicting a land that Gulliver visits. Gulliver is portrayed by Old Gulliver (baritone) and Young Gulliver (tenor) and all of the other roles are sung by a rotating cast. Throughout the opera, characters switch identities, assuming different roles as the denizens of each of the lands. The four short acts are performed without intermission, totaling 90 minutes.

Commissioned by American Opera Projects through the Opera Grants for Female Composers program, made possible through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Development by Gulf Coast Symphony and AOP, with additional support provided by Weltone New Music, Inc.. World Premiere 2019 to be presented by Gulf Coast Symphony, conducted by Andrew Kurtz.

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Victoria Bond’s commissions include: American Ballet Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Houston and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, Cleveland and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestras and American Opera Projects. Her compositions have been performed by the Dallas Symphony, New York City Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Anchorage Opera, Irish National Orchestra (RTE), members of the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. She was profiled in the Wall Street Journal, NBC’s Today Show, People magazine and the New York Times. She has composed seven operas and numerous orchestral and chamber works. Active as a conductor, she was the first woman to graduate with a doctorate in conducting from the Juilliard School and the first to serve as Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor with a major orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony. She is principal guest conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago and lectures for the Metropolitan Opera.

Stephen Greco is an author, cultural journalist and screenwriter whose recently published fourth novel, Now and Yesterday was featured in Vanity Fair. Currently the Director of Content for Classical TV, which streams full-length performing arts videos online and across platforms, Greco has served as Editor-at-Large of Trace, the international magazine focusing on ”transcultural styles and ideas”; co-founder and Editorial Director of the global urban youth culture portal; Senior Editor of Interview magazine, Stagebill, and the New York weekly, 7 Days; and a contributor to Opera News, Playbill, New York Magazine, the New York Times, and many other publications. Among Greco’s screenwriting credits are W: Hot Culture, a series of short videos, and Inside Risk, an interactive thriller app, both for Giants Are Small.

As co-founder of the production company Giants Are Small, visual artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch directed several projects conducted by Alan Gilbert for the New York Philharmonic, including Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (cited as the top opera of 2010 by The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York), Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2011, New York Magazine’s “Best Classical Event of the Year”), A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013, later screened in movie theaters worldwide); and HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale (2014, with forces from The Juilliard School as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Bienial). Mr. Fitch was the inaugural WBFO visiting artist at SUNY, where he created a devised opera of images, How Did We...? In 2013 he directed and performed in the premiere of Matthew Suttor’s musical setting of Blaise Cendrar’s poem La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France with the Taos Chamber Music Group. He has created productions for Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Santa Fe Opera, and directed projects for Canada’s National Arts Centre, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tanglewood (Elliot Carter’s What Next?,screened at The Museum of Modern Art).

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Gulliver's Travels
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April 21, 2016 - BROADWAY WORLD
Opera profile:"American Opera Projects receives commissioning grant for 'Gulliver's Travels'"

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TBA, 2019
Music direction by Andrew Kurtz; Directed by Doug Fitch



October 6, 2017
Music Workshop of opera
South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Music direction by Andrew Kurtz; Directed by Doug Fitch
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