Carlson, D: Anna Karenina

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Carlson, D: Anna Karenina



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30th March 2009




2 hours 19 minutes


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Carlson, D: Anna Karenina

Kelly Kaduce (Anna), Robert Gierlach (Vronsky), Christian Van Horn (Karenin), Brandon Jovanovich (Levin), Sarah Coburn (Kitty), Christine Abraham (Dolly) & Rosalind Elias (Agafia)

Opera Theatre Saint Louis & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Stewart Robertson

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Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is one of the masterworks of 19th century literature; a parable on the struggle for personal freedom against the conventions of a hostile society, played out in a tragic love-story. With a libretto by the distinguished director Colin Graham (veteran opera producer and director who died 3 weeks before this production was originally staged in 2007),American composer David Carlson's opera vividly captures the drama and message of the original work, with commanding performances from members of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. It was commissioned by Florida Grand Opera to celebrate the opening of the Ziff Opera House in Miami, and co-produced by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Michigan Opera Theatre.

The New York Times called David Carlson's music "romantic and luxuriantly textured, with soaring vocal writing which retains interest with an underlying tension…."

"A great American opera has finally been written," Opera Today.

David Carlson: Anna Karenina

The Station, Moscow. Winter, 1874

A sitting room in Stiva's house, That day.

A ball at Princess Betsy Tverskoya's house

Karenin's house, St Petersburg. That night.

Stiva's house. A few days later

Lenin's house in the country

Karenin's country house outside St Petersburg. Spring

A box at the races. Tsarskoe Selo. That afternoon.

Karenin's study, some days later. Night

The Admiralty Gardens, St Petersburg. Early Autumn.

A supper party at the Oblonsky's

Anna's bedroom, that night.


Levin's house. Six months later.

Anna, writing.

Seriosha's bedroom. Early morning on his birthday.


Anna's apartments at an hotel. That evening.

The Station Platform.

(Epilogue) The garden of Levin's country estate. Months later.

The Telegraph

1st April 2009


“Colourful orchestration, lucid word-setting and dramatic alertness are among its virtues.”

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