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The Puccini-esque ‘View From The Bridge’

The IU Opera Theatre presents William Bolcom's operatic adaptation of the Arthur Miller drama, directed by Vincent Liotta.

Eddie (Christopher Grundy, right) gives Rodolpho (Nicholas Fitzer, left) a boxing lesson on the stage of "A View from the Bridge."

In 2005 IU’s Vincent Liotta directed the first collegiate production of William Bolcom’s opera A View from the Bridge, based on the play by the same name by Arthur Miller. Seven years later, as he’s directing this fall’s production he’s even more impressed.

The Text

Arnold Weinstein, the librettist, worked very closely with Arthur Miller to preserve the structure and values of the play. There have to be cuts, and also some expansions for arias and choruses, but much of the text comes directly from the play. In fact, in rehearsals we frequently begin by having the singers simply speak their lines.”

The Music

Bill Bolcom is Puccini-esque: He’s always writing from a melodic point of view. It’s so melodic that sometimes we have to ask the singers to hold back a bit in sections that are really closer to what we call recitative. In terms of style, the composer is a master of everything from pop to rock to jazz to classical, and he confident in his eclecticism. No matter which style he chooses for A View from the Bridge, it still sounds like Bill Bolcom.”

Event Information

A View from the Bridge

William Bolcom's opera based on the play by Arthur Miller


IU Musical Arts Center 101 N. Jordan Ave. Bloomington, IN 47405

Friday and Saturday Oct. 21-22 and 28-29, 2011

812 855 7433

IU Opera Theater production website

George Walker

While completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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