DREAMING BLUE


Libretto:
Libby Larsen with texts contributed by third and fourth grade students from Mountain View Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah; Red Soliloquy by John Ziegenhagen; and poetry by James A. Emanuel, Mary O'Neill, Hiawyn Oram

Cast:
The Child (a child actor with strong speaking/movement capabilities)
Voice of Child (lyric tenor, sings the voice of the child throughout the opera)
Baby Blue (coloratura soprano)
Azul (mezzo-soprano)
Blue Weirdo (bass-baritone)
SSA Children

Instrumentation:
Child actor, SATB soloists (see opera cast below), SSA children's chorus, rhythm chorus, drumming group, cued CD recording, and orchestra: flute (doubles piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 trumpets, harp, piano, percussion, timpani, strings

Text: Libretto by Libby Larsen with texts contributed by third and fourth grade students from Mountain View Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah; "Red Soliloquy" by John Ziegenhagen; and poetry by James A. Emanuel, Mary O'Neill, Hiawyn Oram

Duration: 60 minutes

Commissioned By:
The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration of Salt Lake City, with generous support from The 2002 Olympic Winter Games Art Festival, The Salt Lake City Corporation, The Utah Opera, Global Artways (a program of Youth City, The Mayor's Youth Program)

Premiere:
February 26, 2002 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Available From:
Oxford University Press, rented by C.F. Peters

Composer's Notes:
The opera Dreaming Blue began with the words and images of a group of students from Mountain View Elementary School. The children were asked to imagine being their favorite color, and it was out of their writings and drawings that the characters of the opera emerged. The students' work was full of images of beauty, clear emotion, and simplicity of truth.

The characters that became the Voice of Child, Baby Blue, Azul, and Blue Weirdo virtually leaped off the pages of these drawings and writings and into the libretto, where they seemed to write the script themselves. Each character took on a specific personality that ultimately directed where the story was going to lead.

— Libby Larsen
 
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The recording is available here as a CD:
 
 
Synopsis:
Dreaming Blue is the story of how a person who feels lost and floating responds creatively to life in all its agony and splendor.

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