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Monticello Performance

Monticello

A timely and hauntingly beautiful new opera with libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Leroy Aarons and score by accomplished composer Glenn Paxton. Scandal erupts in the White House - and in the national press - when Thomas Jefferson's longtime love affair with his slave mistress Sally Hemings is revealed.
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Audible Editor Reviews

L.A. Theatre Works performs a haunting opera based on the love affair between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, with libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Leroy Aarons and score by composer Glenn Paxton. This alternative history sets melodic but assumption-challenging arias and recitatives in the service of social commentary, with stirring performances set in motion by a White House "scandal" initiated when the national press happens upon the longtime love affair between founding father and current president Jefferson and his slave-mistress. The production is directed by John Rubinstein; the cast includes Broadway veteran Stan Chandler as Jefferson, and acclaimed soprano Shana Blake Hill in the role of Hemings.

Publisher's Summary

A timely and hauntingly beautiful new opera with libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Leroy Aarons and score by accomplished composer Glenn Paxton. Scandal erupts in the White House - and in the national press - when Thomas Jefferson's longtime love affair with his slave mistress Sally Hemings is revealed.

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