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January 18, 2013

Douglas J. Cuomo to Premiere New Opera on January 26th

Douglas J. Cuomo

Douglas J. Cuomo

John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley

ASCAP’s Douglas J. Cuomo will world premiere his new opera, Doubt, on January 26th, 2013. With a libretto by fellow ASCAP member John Patrick Shanley that is based on his Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a battle of wills ignited at a Bronx Catholic School in 1964, the opera was commissioned by Minnesota Opera as part of the company’s New Works Initiative, a landmark program designed to invigorate the operatic repertoire with an infusion of contemporary works.

Cuomo describes the opera: “Set at a Catholic school in the Bronx in Autumn of 1964, shortly after Vatican II, the story is taut and exacting, and reflects the changes and dislocations of the times through four distinctly wrought, complex, but absolutely recognizable characters, who are each grappling with their own uneasy feelings that come as the cultural and moral ground beneath them begins to give way. Gender politics, race relations and the role of the church; questions about personal responsibility, doubt, right and wrong; each of these issues is brought to bear here – questions that are no less vital today than they were 45 years ago. So much in Doubt is about what is unsaid, what is continually running beneath the surface, which I see as an invitation to music.”

The New York Times will publish a feature on Douglas J. Cuomo and his creation of the new opera, in collaboration with librettist John Patrick Shanley, in the Arts and Leisure section on Sunday, January 20th.

Visit www.mnopera.org to learn more on the opera.

For more information on Douglas J. Cuomo and his music, please visit www.schott-music.com and www.douglasjcuomo.com.