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the adventures of gulliver

Music by Victoria Bond

Libretto by Stephen Greco

Design and Direction by Doug Fitch

based on the novel “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift

The Adventures of Gulliver

Based on Jonathan Swift’s classic 1726 novel, Gulliver’s Travels, which wittily critiques eighteenth-century European society by way of an entertaining travelogue to exotic lands, Bond’s The Adventures of Gulliver is conceived as an action-packed but often touching “mythological burlesque” appropriate for family audiences in the tradition of Hansel and Gretel. Gulliver’s adventures to four strange and fascinating lands and his observations of the follies and vices of humanity form the basis of the opera, blending satire, humor, and drama that is made appealing and comprehensible for audience members of all ages.

The opera—whose story is told through music, action, projections, and “activated objects”-- was conceived by its creators as a fully-staged production that can also be mounted on the concert stage, positioning the orchestra onstage with the singers and occasionally even engaging members of the orchestra in the action. Doug Fitch’s Giants Are Small company has evolved this genre of opera theater through a series of imaginative and critically acclaimed productions for the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, and Wolf Trap, among others, on stages ranging from concert- to Broadway show-size.

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Victoria Bond    - Composer  A major force in 21st century music, composer Victoria Bond is known for her melodic gift and dramatic flair. Her works for orchestra, chamber ensemble and opera have been lauded by the New York Times as "powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding."   In addition to Soul of a Nation, the four presidential portraits on the Albany label, highlights of Ms. Bond’s catalogue include the operas Mrs. President, Clara and The Miracle of Light; ballets Equinox and Other Selves; orchestral works Thinking like a Mountain, Bridges and Urban Bird; and chamber works Dreams of Flying, Frescoes and Ash and Instruments of Revelation, among many others. Her compositions have been performed by the New York City Opera, Shanghai, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, members of the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater and the Cassatt and Audubon Quartets.  The New York Times praised Victoria Bond’s conducting as “full of energy and fervor.” She has served as principal guest conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago since 2005. Prior positions include Assistant Conductor of Pittsburgh Symphony and New York City Opera and Music Director of the Roanoke Symphony and Opera, Bel Canto Opera and Harrisburg Opera. Ms. Bond has guest conducted throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. She is the first woman awarded a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Juilliard School.  Ms. Bond is Artistic Director of Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in New York, which she founded in 1998, and is a frequent lecturer at the Metropolitan Opera and has lectured for the New York Philharmonic. The Wall Street Journal, NBC’s Today Show, the New York Times and other national publications have profiled Ms. Bond.

Victoria Bond - Composer
A major force in 21st century music, composer Victoria Bond is known for her melodic gift and dramatic flair. Her works for orchestra, chamber ensemble and opera have been lauded by the New York Times as "powerful, stylistically varied and technically demanding."

In addition to Soul of a Nation, the four presidential portraits on the Albany label, highlights of Ms. Bond’s catalogue include the operas Mrs. President, Clara and The Miracle of Light; ballets Equinox and Other Selves; orchestral works Thinking like a Mountain, Bridges and Urban Bird; and chamber works Dreams of Flying, Frescoes and Ash and Instruments of Revelation, among many others. Her compositions have been performed by the New York City Opera, Shanghai, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, members of the Chicago Symphony and New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater and the Cassatt and Audubon Quartets.

The New York Times praised Victoria Bond’s conducting as “full of energy and fervor.” She has served as principal guest conductor of Chamber Opera Chicago since 2005. Prior positions include Assistant Conductor of Pittsburgh Symphony and New York City Opera and Music Director of the Roanoke Symphony and Opera, Bel Canto Opera and Harrisburg Opera. Ms. Bond has guest conducted throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. She is the first woman awarded a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Juilliard School.

Ms. Bond is Artistic Director of Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival in New York, which she founded in 1998, and is a frequent lecturer at the Metropolitan Opera and has lectured for the New York Philharmonic. The Wall Street Journal, NBC’s Today Show, the New York Times and other national publications have profiled Ms. Bond.

Stephen Greco’s  (librettist) writing for the stage and musical theater include  W Hot Culture  (Giants Are Small, 2013-’14);  How Did We…?  (with Doug Fitch, 2014);  Dadabomb  (Giants Are Small, 2014);  Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood  (Giants Are Small, 2017); and the opera  The Adventures of Gulliver  (with composer Victoria Bond, 2019). He has written the libretto for an untitled opera project now in development with composer Scott Wheeler and director Doug Fitch.    Greco is also Editorial Director of InsideRisk, for whom he wrote the live, interactive multimedia experience  Shadows of Medellin  (2017). With a background in cultural journalism, Greco has occupied top editorial positions at  Interview  magazine,  Trace  magazine, Platform.net, and ClassicalTV.com, the latter which streamed full-length cultural content including, opera, ballet, classical music and theater. Greco has contributed features on the arts and entertainment to publications such as  American Way ,  Art News ,  The Observer , MTV Online,  New York  magazine,  The New Yorker , the  New York Times  online,  Opera News ,  Playbill , and  Stagebill .

Stephen Greco’s (librettist) writing for the stage and musical theater include W Hot Culture (Giants Are Small, 2013-’14); How Did We…? (with Doug Fitch, 2014); Dadabomb (Giants Are Small, 2014); Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood (Giants Are Small, 2017); and the opera The Adventures of Gulliver (with composer Victoria Bond, 2019). He has written the libretto for an untitled opera project now in development with composer Scott Wheeler and director Doug Fitch.

Greco is also Editorial Director of InsideRisk, for whom he wrote the live, interactive multimedia experience Shadows of Medellin (2017). With a background in cultural journalism, Greco has occupied top editorial positions at Interview magazine, Trace magazine, Platform.net, and ClassicalTV.com, the latter which streamed full-length cultural content including, opera, ballet, classical music and theater. Greco has contributed features on the arts and entertainment to publications such as American Way, Art News, The Observer, MTV Online, New York magazine, The New Yorker, the New York Times online, Opera News, Playbill, and Stagebill.

Doug Fitch    -  Design, Direction  Visual artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch recent AOP projects include the World Premiere of Daniel Thomas Davis’s opera  Six. Twenty. Outrageous  at Symphony Space. He created several productions with the New York Philharmonic, including Ligeti’s  Le Grand Macabre;  Janáček’s  The Cunning Little Vixen;   A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky;  and HK Gruber’s  Gloria – A Pig Tale.  The Philharmonic later performed  Petrushka,  one-half of  A   Dancer’s Dream,  on tour at London’s Barbican Centre. Next year  Le Grand Macabre  will be remounted at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Fitch has also created productions for Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and for Bard’s SummerScape Festival. His Tanglewood production of Elliott Carter’s  What Next?  was filmed and later screened at the Museum of Modern Art.  Doug Fitch directed and designed the original version of Matthew Aucoin’s  Orphic Moments  at National Sawdust, a production that was remounted at the Salzburg Landestheater. He designed a third version for Master Voices at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. At National Sawdust he performed a live-animated version of Musorgsky’s  Pictures at an Exhibition  with Alessio Bax, later remounted with Inon Barnatan at Town Hall. His cabaret,  Doug Fitch’s Art Gallery Variety Show,  has appeared at National Sawdust and Maison Francaise at Columbia University.  Mr. Fitch is a co-founder of Giants Are Small, which, in co-production with Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon, developed  Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood —  an iPad app, CD, and digital album featuring Alice Cooper as narrator and the German National Youth Orchestra. In May 2017 a live version was performed by the National Symphony Orchestra with Mr. Fitch as narrator.

Doug Fitch - Design, Direction

Visual artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch recent AOP projects include the World Premiere of Daniel Thomas Davis’s opera Six. Twenty. Outrageous at Symphony Space. He created several productions with the New York Philharmonic, including Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre; Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen; A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky; and HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale. The Philharmonic later performed Petrushka, one-half of A Dancer’s Dream, on tour at London’s Barbican Centre. Next year Le Grand Macabre will be remounted at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. Mr. Fitch has also created productions for Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and for Bard’s SummerScape Festival. His Tanglewood production of Elliott Carter’s What Next? was filmed and later screened at the Museum of Modern Art.

Doug Fitch directed and designed the original version of Matthew Aucoin’s Orphic Moments at National Sawdust, a production that was remounted at the Salzburg Landestheater. He designed a third version for Master Voices at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. At National Sawdust he performed a live-animated version of Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with Alessio Bax, later remounted with Inon Barnatan at Town Hall. His cabaret, Doug Fitch’s Art Gallery Variety Show, has appeared at National Sawdust and Maison Francaise at Columbia University.

Mr. Fitch is a co-founder of Giants Are Small, which, in co-production with Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon, developed Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood — an iPad app, CD, and digital album featuring Alice Cooper as narrator and the German National Youth Orchestra. In May 2017 a live version was performed by the National Symphony Orchestra with Mr. Fitch as narrator.

 

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Duration 70' (estimated) / no intermission

Commission 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..

Premiere TBA; Doug Fitch, designer / director.

Roles 12 singers (SATB), Young Gulliver (tenor); Old Gulliver (baritone); 10 (various roles)

Instrumentation Orchestra: (2222/4331/2 perc./strings) / Chamber version: (cl, vn, vc, pf, perc.)

Publisher Staged performances of this work require licensing through the composer.