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January 14, 2014

ABOUT TERRY'S PLAY AND OPERA LIBRETTI

Terry's first play, Satchmo at the Waldorf, is currently running off Broadway at the Westside Theatre. The production is directed by Gordon Edelstein, with John Douglas Thompson appearing in the triple role of Louis Armstrong, Joe Glaser, and Miles Davis. It was previously seen in 2012 at Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, Mass., Long Wharf Theatre of New Haven, Conn., and Philadelphia's Wilma Theater. For more information, go here.

To read the New York Times review, go here. To read the New Yorker review, go here. To read the New York Daily News review, go here. To read the New York Post review, go here.

To see John Douglas Thompson on stage in Satchmo at the Waldorf, go here. To see John and Terry talk about the show, go here. To read Marc Myers' interview with John, go here. To read Terry's program note, go here. To read a New York Times feature about the play, go here.

To read the Boston Globe review of the Lenox production, go here.

Terry has also written the libretti for three operas by Paul Moravec. The latest is The King's Man, a one-act drama about Benjamin and William Franklin that was premiered by Kentucky Opera on Oct. 11, 2013. For more information, go here and here. To read an essay by Terry about The King's Man, go here.

The King's Man is a companion piece to their second opera, Danse Russe, a one-act backstage comedy about the making of The Rite of Spring that was commissioned by Philadelphia's Center City Opera Theater and premiered there on April 28, 2011. (It was later revived by Kentucky Opera on the same bill as The King's Man.) To read more about Danse Russe, go here and here. To view excerpts from the opera and see Paul and Terry talk about its creation, go here.

Terry and Paul began their collaboration with The Letter, a full-evening operatic version of Somerset Maugham's 1927 play that was commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera in 2006 and opened there on July 25, 2009. To see excerpts from the opera, go here.

Below are links to Terry's reports on the writing, staging, premiere, and reception of the original production of The Letter:

Lend me your ears (and eyes)
Men at work
Men at work (II)
Men at work (III)
Men at work (IV)
For better and worse
Men at work (V)
Men (and women) at work (VI)
Notes from an unkept diary
The case for lower-case opera
The envelope, please
Right turn at Albuquerque
Moment's notice
Men at work (VII)
Scene stealing (I)
Scene stealing (II)
Becoming an artist
In one piece
Among the brethren
By the clock
Size matters
No, but I heard the movie
The Doctor is in
A doll's house
Free at last
Looking for trouble
Cover story
Step away from the car, sir
A ripping good show
All blessings are mixed
Almanac (apropos of The Letter, I)
Almanac (apropos of The Letter, II)
Almanac (apropos of The Letter, III)
Tied to the tracks
A very small world
A little taste
Now's the time
Another little taste
And...they're off!
Who'd have thought it?
Tweeting an opera
Head first
At the starting gate
Minute by minute
Modern opera in a nutshell
Pit stop
All there is
The news in brief
In a mist
Did Maugham know best?
We know every part by heart
How it felt
Unrest cure
Blowin' in the wind

Posted January 14, 2014 12:00 AM

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