29 Apr 2006

World Premiere of Miss Lonelyhearts at Juilliard

On 26 April, The Juilliard Opera Center gave the world premiere of Miss Lonelyhearts by Lowell Liebermann. Commissioned by the Centennial Commission of The Juilliard School with the support of the Trust of Francis Goelet, the production of Miss Lonelyhearts “has been developed cooperatively among The Juilliard School, the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.” Here are two reviews.

A Nathanael West Novel Gets Its Turn on the Opera Stage

By BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 28 April 2006]

The operafication of American literature goes on. On Wednesday evening the Juilliard Opera Center offered the premiere of “Miss Lonelyhearts,” composed by Lowell Liebermann to a libretto by J. D. McClatchy on a commission honoring the centennial of the Juilliard School.

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An Absorbing Premiere

By JAY NORDLINGER [NY Sun, 28 April 2006]

New York saw the premiere of a new opera on Wednesday night — “Miss Lonelyhearts,” by Lowell Liebermann. Mr. Liebermann and his librettist, J.D. McClatchy, have achieved a success: an opera that is worth seeing, hearing, and absorbing.

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