Red Emma by Gary Kulesha with text by Carol Bolt Dur. ca 2 hrs
Piano-Vocal Score, 335 pages
RED EMMA the opera is based upon an original play by Carol Bolt (1941-2000), who adapted her play as a libretto. The play is about Emma Goldman, the anarchist and activist.
Orchestra: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Percussion, Piano/Synthesizer, 2 Violins, 1 Viola, 1 Cello, 1 Bass
The original cast: Sasha (baritone): Igor Emelianov Emma (mezzo soprano): Sonya Gosse/Anita Krause Helen (soprano): Rayanne Dupuis/Nathalie Paulin Fedya (tenor): Dan Chamandy Kreiderman (bass-baritone): Marcos Pujol Parks (baritone): Bruce Shaef Henry Clay Frick (bass-baritone): Robert Milne Johann Most (tenor): Matthew Lord
RED EMMA was commissioned by the Canadian Opera Company, and was written and composed between 1992 and 1995, as part of the Canadian Opera Company’s Composer-In-Residence programme.
RED EMMA was premiered at the du Maurier Theatre in Toronto, on November 28 and 29, and December 1, 2, and 3, of 1995.