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Shining Brow

Opera in 2 Acts

By Daron Hagen

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2 Soprano solo voices, Mezzo-Soprano solo voice, High Lyric Baritone solo voice, Tenor solo voice, Bass solo voice (Principals); 2 Soprano solo voices, Mezzo-Soprano solo voice, 2 Alto solo voices, 2 Tenor solo voices, Baritone solo voice or Tenor solo vo
Opera in 2 Acts. Composed by Daron Hagen (1961-). Vocal Score. 308 pages. Duration 3 hours. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.4689).

Item Number: EC.4689

Shining Brow centers around the eleven tumultuous years, from 1903 to 1914, in the young career of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The episodes include the Cliff Dwellers Club in Chicago with Louis Sullivan (Wright's former mentor), a construction site in Oak Park, Illinois, Berlin, Germany, and finally to Taliesin where many of the most tragic events of Wright's life are played out.

Shining Brow was commissioned by Madison Opera, a division of the Madison Civic Music Association Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, who had permission from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to produce an opera based on Mr. Wright's life. It was premiered in the spring of 1993 in Madison.

"Shining Brow was a daring adventure on the part of several bright young talents. Paul Muldoon, a noted Irish poet, wrote the libretto. Stephen Wadsworth, who collaborated with Leonard Bernstein on A Quiet Place and headed the SKylight Theater in Milwaukee from 184 to 1991, directed. ... The entire enterprise exuded intelligence. ... overall, the work is effective and stimulating. Mr. Hagen has a gift for the big tune, and he serves up some beauties in the choruses, evoking the blues and a Colonial Hymn." - James R. Oestrich, The New York Times

"Shining Brow offered further evidence that the salvation of the new American opera will come not necessarily from the big East Coast companies, but from enterprising regional theaters like Madison's. ... It is an opera any major opera company could present with pride." - John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune.

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  • 5

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    Los Angeles
    Difficulty Level:
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  • December 25, 2008 Naxos Recording

    Naxos is releasing the world premiere recording of SHINING BROW in March, featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic, conducted by JoAnn Falletta. An ideal companion to the score, which seems a little over-priced.

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  • January 03, 2008 From Hagen/Muldoon

    Score of an opera by the team that wrote "Bandanna" and "Vera of Las Vegas". Unfortunately I don't know of any recording of "Shining Brow".

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  • 5

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  • December 25, 2005 A Great American Opera

    I am a devoted opera fan and have listened avidly to the new operas that have been premiered over the past decade. One remains in my memory as truly inspired: beautiful melodies, uncloying lyricism, humor, intelligence, conviction, writing from the heart. I wonder why this opera isn't programmed more...

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  • January 12, 2005 One of the Best Operas of the 1990's

    I saw this opera in Madison, Wisconsin, when it was premiered. Then I saw it in Chicago when it was revived. I have no idea why this opera isn't done more often. It is one of the great AMERICAN works of the 90's. Buy it. Learn it. Sing...

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