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.
“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.”
“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.”
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