Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Wadsworth: “A Quiet Place”. Opera in 3 acts.
Presentation folder with 5 photos, hand signed by the 2 composers and 4 main singers of that opera, a booklet and a printed program.
These items are in the original folder and were a special present by the Vienna States Opera House. The opera was performed ( pre-performance ) on April 8th, 1986.
The Folder is 9 x 12 inches, the Bernstein / Wadsworth photo is 9,45 x 7 inches the other photos 7 x 5 inches. Overall fine condition.
Each autograph comes with an own Certificate of Authenticity. Scarce and desirable lot.
A Quiet Place is an American opera in three acts, with music by Leonard Bernstein to a libretto by Stephen Wadsworth. The work is a sequel to Bernstein's earlier short opera Trouble in Tahiti. In its initial form, A Quiet Place was in one act, and followed Trouble in Tahiti after the intermission.
The first performance was on 17 June 1983 by the Houston Grand Opera.
After being panned by critics Bernstein and Wadsworth withdrew the opera and revised it.
The revised version was given at La Scala, Milan and at Washington Opera in 1984.
The work was subsequently performed by the Vienna State Opera under the composer's baton in April 1986 with Jean Kraft as Dinah. These performances were recorded by Deutsche Grammophon for commercial release. The UK premiere was in December 1988 at the Corn Exchange Theatre, Cambridge, with the composer in attendance.
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