Astronaut’s Tale

Play title:  The Astronaut’s Tale

Author (s):  Music by Charles Fussell, Libretto by Jack Larson

Publisher: Albany Records

Publication Date: December 1st, 2003

Genre: Opera

Primary Discipline: Astronomy

Source Texts: L’Histoire du Soldat by Stravinsky

Character Breakdown:

Narrator 

Abel (Known as Ab)

Ann 

Old Man, Peccavit, the Peddler 

Setting: “The setting is our own time with its confrontation of science and religion.” 

(Setting provided by http://www.encompassopera.org/the-astronauts-tale.html)

Time Period: Current

Synopsis of Play: The Astronaut’s Tale traces a young man’s life from his first experience of loss, his dog killed by a car, the appearance of a mysterious Einstein-like guide, his youthful desire to become an astronaut, marriage, and the fulfillment of his ambition.

(Synopsis provided by http://www.encompassopera.org/the-astronauts-tale.html)

First Performance Date: 2012

First Producer: Encompass New Opera Theatre

Performance History: Premiering at the Encompass New Opera Theatre in 2012, The Astronauts Tale has been performed in and around Boston, along with having a New York premiere in 2016.

Links:

https://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2016/4/Reviews/NEW_YORK_CITY__The_Astronaut’s_Tale.html

http://www.encompassopera.org/the-astronauts-tale.html

https://www.encompasstheatre.org/the-astronauts-tale

https://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/classical-music/encompass-new-opera-theatre-the-astronauts-tale

http://www.liannearnold.com/the-astronauts-tale

Entered by: Anna Galanides

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