Today, the Minnesota Opera presents the world première of William Bolcom's opera in 2 acts Dinner at Eight, with a libretto by Mark Campbell after George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's play.
William Bolcom's previous operas include McTeague (Chicago, 1992), A View from the Bridge (Chicago, 1999) and A Wedding (Chicago, 2004).
New York City, early 1930s. Manhattan socialite Millicent Jordan plans the perfect dinner party, but as her guests arrive, business intrigues and romantic entanglements are brought to light. (reproduced from the Minnesota Opera website)The cast includes soprano Mary Dunleavy (Millicent Jordan), baritone Stephen Powell (Oliver Jordan), soprano Brenda Harris (Carlotta Vance), baritone Craig Irvin (Dan Packard), soprano Susannah Biller (Kitty Packard) and tenor Richard Troxell (Larry Renault). David Agler conducts the orchestra and chorus of the Minnesota Opera. Tomer Zvulun directs.
The performance should last about 2 hours, including one intermission.