READY FOR PRODUCTION
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.
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.