Fellow Travelers Album
Cincinnati Opera is excited to announce the release of our first album! The live audio recording of our 2016 world premiere opera Fellow Travelers, by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Greg Pierce and directed by Kevin Newbury, is now available for purchase as a digital download, and will be available as a CD set on September 29 on the Fanfare Cincinnati label. The recording features the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Gibson.
About Fellow Travelers
Called an “instant masterpiece” (Fred Plotkin, WQXR Operavore), “universal in reach” (Alex Ross, New Yorker), and “the most romantic opera…in years” (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times), Fellow Travelers is set in Washington, DC during the height of the McCarthy-era "lavender scare," in which gay men and lesbians were persecuted as presumed risks to national security. Based on the 2007 novel by Thomas Mallon, it tells the story of Timothy "Skippy" Laughlin, an aspiring young journalist, and Hawkins "Hawk" Fuller, a handsome, profligate State Department official. A chance encounter with Hawk leads to Tim's first job in DC, and his first love affair. As his involvement deepens, Tim struggles to reconcile his political convictions, his religious beliefs, and his love for Fuller–an entanglement that ends in a stunning act of betrayal.
Timothy Laughlin Aaron Blake
Hawkins Fuller Joseph Lattanzi
Mary Johnson Devon Guthrie
Miss Lightfoot Alexandra Schoeny
Estonian Frank/Interrogator/Senator Joseph McCarthy Marcus DeLoach
Lucy Talya Lieberman
Tommy McIntyre Paul Scholten
Senator Charles Potter/General Airlie/Bartender Vernon Hartman
Potter's Assistant/Bookseller/Party Guest/Technician/French Priest Christian Pursell
Developed and co-commissioned by G. Sterling Zinsmeyer. Produced and co-commissioned by Cincinnati Opera. Lead support provided by The Gale Family Foundation. Fellow Travelers received a workshop through Opera Fusion: New Works, a joint venture between Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.