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Our Town, an opera based on Thornton Wilder’s play, was premiered in New York by the Juilliard Opera Center. Pictured are (seated, from left) Anne Manson, the conductor; J.D. McClatchy, the librettist; and Ned Rorem, the composer; cast members include (standing) Alek Shrader, Jennifer Zetlan, and Alex Mansoori. (Photo by Peter Schaaf)

 

 

Our Town is a three-act opera by composer Ned Rorem and librettist J. D. McClatchy. It is the first opera to be adapted from the Thornton Wilder play of the same name. The opera was commissioned by Indiana University, Opera Boston, the Aspen Music Festival and School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Lake George Opera in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, Calif. The opera was premiered by Indiana University Opera Theater with student singers and orchestra on February 25, 2006 and received its professional debut at the Lake George Opera on July 1, 2006.

 

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